Hawai‘i Pacific University’s setting in a cosmopolitan city on a tropical island allows for a variety of unique off-campus opportunities for students. Honolulu provides the urban amenities of shopping and entertainment as well as varied cultural exhibits. Students can attend major theater productions and concerts at the Blaisdell Center, shop in the world’s largest open air shopping mall in the world, Ala Moana Center, or tour art galleries and museums like the Honolulu Academy of Art, which has a collection of more than 60,000 works. There is ample night life in Waikiki, where most off-campus student housing is located, as well as a rich variety of shopping and dining venues. HPU’s downtown campus is near Chinatown, which hosts First Fridays, a diverse display of local artistic talent that happens the first Friday of every month. Students can explore different cultures by touring historic venues such as Iolani Palace, the former home of Hawaiian monarchy, or attending multicultural events such as the Honolulu Festival, a 3 day art, music, and dance celebration in Waikiki.
|First Friday in Chinatown
Since the Hawaiian Islands maintain an average temperature of 78 degrees, students can enjoy outdoor recreational activities year round.
Regardless of the season, students can enjoy water sports such as surfing, wind sailing, bodyboarding, swimming, kayaking, and scuba diving as well as land sports such as hiking, golf, biking, and running. Students can participate in or observe one of the exciting sporting events hosted here, including the Honolulu Marathon, the Triple Crown of Surfing, the Ironman Triathlon, and the Professional Golfer’s Association’s Sony Open.
|Triple Crown of Surfing
As an overview, it might be helpful for us to point out that the Hawai’ian Islands are a group of islands in the Pacific. They are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Hawai‘i, often referred to as the Big Island. The majority of residents live on Oahu, where the university is located. Students can explore Oahu and the other Hawai’ian Islands’ beautiful beaches and attractions, including Waimea Bay, the Arizona Memorial, Hanauma Bay, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.