Student Activities

Hawaii Spotlight

Mālama Honua
Hawaii is unique in every aspect - its natural surroundings, the culture, food, people and spirit of aloha. Student Life's Hawaii Spotlight Events provide opportunities for students to explore different parts of the island and learn about environmental and cultural sustainability. Hawaii Spotlight Events will also discuss Hawai`i's unique landscape, history and learn why they are important to the island we live on so that we can become better stewards of society. 

These events are free to all HPU Students with a valid ID and transportation will be provided to the off campus site visits from Aloha Tower Marketplace and Hawaii Loa Campus (if needed). For more information regarding the Hawaii Spotlight Program, please contact Student Life at


Hanauma Bay Clean Up
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8:30am-1pm
Friends of Hanauma Bay strives to instill an appreciation of Hanauma Bay and a desire to care for it in all who visit and enjoy its splendor. They believe that achieving these goals at Hanauma Bay will have a larger impact that will extend to all of Hawaii’s coastlines and reef ecosystems. Join Student Life on the community cleanup day of the Nature Preserve. Participants will remove waste to prevent it from being deposited in Hanauma Bay by storm run-off and subsequently impacting the coral reef ecosystem of the Bay. Participants will also have a chance to enjoy the bay upon completion of the clean up. Students should wear clothes suitable for getting dirty and bring a reusable water bottle. Wear sunscreen and covered/athletic shoes. A hat or bandana is recommended. Bring your swim suit and towel for the beach after the clean up. Snacks and transportation from/to ATM will be provided. Bus departs ATM at 7:30am. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

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"This Changes Everything" Film and Discussion
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6-9pm in MPR 3
Based on Naomi Klein's book, the film, “This Changes Everything” attempts to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. It features seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.  “This Changes Everything” will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all. Professor David B. Field (Department of Natural & Computational Sciences) and Joshua Noga (Conservation Program Coordinator at the Sierra Club of Hawaii) will facilitate a discussion following the film. Refresments will be provided.


Movie trailer

Paepae O He'eia Fishpond Restoration
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:30am-1pm

Paepae o He`eia's vision is to perpetuate a foundation of cultural sustainability for communities (ohana) of Hawai`i through education. Their mission is to implement values and concepts from the model of a traditional fishpond to provide intellectual, physical, and spiritual sustenance for our community. To reach their vision, they utilize the strengths of the fishpond as a place of learning to weave ancestral knowledge together with western ways of knowing to achieve their goals.

Just as Paepae o He`eia serves as a model for sustainability education, this HPU community work day is dedicated to another great model for sustainability education in Hawaii – Dr. Art Whatley – as he prepares for retirement from HPU. Through the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development graduate program he created, he has taught, challenged, and inspired hundreds of students to become agents of change. So what better way to celebrate his passion, dedication, and commitment to a more sustainable world then to give back to our community!

Participants will help restore and rehabilitate the kuapā - fishpond wall - and the fishpond contained within it. Participants will move rock and coral, fill buckets, haul floating barges through the water, cut/pull out invasive mangrove, remove invasive limu, and pick up trash. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes/boots/tabis and clothing suitable for getting dirty, wet and working in the sun. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, a change of clothes, sunscreen and bug spray. A hat, sunglasses or bandana are also recommended. Lunch will be provided.

Bus departs ATM at 7:30am and will stop to pick up students at HLC at approximately 7:50am. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

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