Student Activities

Hawaii Spotlight

Malama I Ka Wai : Take Care of Our Water
Hawaii is unique in every aspect - its natural surroundings, the culture, food, people and spirit of aloha. For the Fall 2014 Semester, Student Life has teamed up with faculty to discuss the importance of water and how modern day life has affected our natural resources. Student Life's Malama I Ka Wai Program will provide opportunities for students to explore Hawaii’s unique local landscape, history and learn why they are important to the island we live on.  

These events are free to all HPU Students with a valid ID and transportation will be provided to the off campus site visits from the Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses. For more information regarding the Hawaii Spotlight Program, please contact Gleanne Dimson ( or Danielle Fodor (


Paepae O Heeia Fishpond
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 8:30am-1:00pm
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. This program is responsible for all of the restoration and rehabilitation of the kuapa - fishpond wall - and the fishpond contained within it. The goal of this program is to restore the ancient wall in order to preserve the integrity of the fishpond and support our unique cultural, educational, and aquacultural programs.

Visit our Event Registration Site to sign up for our Fishpond Workday at Paepae O He`eia.

Nuuanu Watershed Tour
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Experience the outdoors and learn the important role watershed areas play in our island's water cycle.  Set sights on panoramic valley views, windborne clouds as they move across mountaintops and forests that reach toward the skies.  Nu'uanu Reservoir #4 is a historic site that holds a rich heritage of ancient Hawaiian legends.  

Visit our Event Registration Site to sign up for our Tour of the Nu'uanu Reservoir #4

Maunalua Bay Huki
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:30am-1:00pm
The large extent of invasive algae in the bay is a direct result of the land based polluted run-off, which provides the nutrients to allow the algae to out-compete native algae and sediment to smother the near shore reef flats. Students will manually remove invasive mud-weed in Maunalua Bay and will be educated on the Bay s intricate ocean ecosystem.

Visit our Event Registration Site to sign up for our Maunalua Bay Workday