Student Activities

Hawaii Spotlight

Restoring Paradise
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 Waikiki (Ohana Student Housing, Nohonani Street), the Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses. For more information regarding the Hawaii Spotlight Program, please contact Student Life at


Hike and Trail Restoration
Manoa Cliff
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 9:00am-1:00pm
The Mānoa Cliff Native Reforestation Project is an exciting opportunity that adds a positive spin on hiking! The Mānoa Cliff Trail is an easily accessible hike that is still great for observing native plants. The vegetation along the Mānoa Cliff Trail ranges from Lowland Mesic Shrub land to Lowland Mesic Forest. Sadly, native vegetation along the trail has been observed to be in rapid decline. We seek to restore a small 6-acre area of forest, while giving the hikers a serene view to enjoy. The amount of native vegetation along the trail has been rapidly declining. Volunteers are asked to deter this by removing alien weeds and replacing them with native plants. Participants are asked to wear rain gear, warm clothing, long sleeves recommended and work gloves if you have them.

Visit Our Events Registration Site to Sign Up for the Manoa Cliff Restoration Day

Loi (Taro Patch) Work Day
Kako`o Oiwi
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30am-12:30pm
Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi (“Regrowing the Fruit of Hoi”) is a community-driven project managed by Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi, a Heʻeia-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The overarching goal of Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi is to restore agricultural and ecological productivity to a nearly 405-acre parcel within the wetlands of Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. The Heʻeia Wetlands is a marshland area formed by the waters of Haʻikū and Iolekaʻa valleys where wetland kalo was traditionally grown. This project will involve working outdoors restoring the once thriving natural, cultural, social and economic values of Hoi for the benefit of the community. Tasks include but are not limited to, clearing invasive vegetation, helping to construct and maintain new and existing loʻi kalo (irrigated ponds, terraces for cultivation of loʻi) and assisting with the development and maintenance of new malā (dryland) gardens.

Visit Our Events Registration Site to Sign Up for the Taro Patch Work Day

Fishpond Restoration Project
Waikalua Loko Fishpond
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:00am-12:30pm
Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society (WLFPS) was founded in June 1995, to manage and implement a preservation plan. As Kia `I Loko (caretakers), restoration and preservation of the Waikalua Loko I‘a is an ongoing effort by students, community groups, and many individuals during school visits and community work days. Public and private partners are taking responsibility as stewards to breathe new life back into the 400 year old fishpond. As each stone is put back on the wall and each native plant takes root, we build the foundation for a healthier and sustainable future that honors the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Kāne‘ohe ahupua’a.

Visit our Events Registration Site to Sign Up For the Fishpond Restoration Workday