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 Gleanne Dimson (


Ulupo Heiau
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:00am-1:00pm
ULUPŌ HEIAU (Night Growth) one of the first sacred temples to have been built as a "māpele" (agricultural heiau) by the first people or menehune and dedicated to Kāneulupō. Later in the reign of high chief Kuali‘i, the temple may have been reconstructed as a luakini or war temple heiau. At 8:30 am we will begin our Oli Kahea and have an orientation to this mapele heiau. We will be cleaning out the hau, weeding in the auwai, cutting weeds in the marsh and preparing lo’i for planting.
Visit Our Events Registration Site to Sign Up for the Ulupo Heiau Work Day

Bellows Beach Restoration
March 28, 2015 - 8:30am-1:00pm
Under the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) grant program, there are several dune and riparian restoration projects at Bellows Airforce Station. HPU will help remove invasive plants which will be followed by a hydrology study, soil sample and dredging to help restore the wetlands.
Visit Our Events Registration Site to Sign Up for the Bellow Beach Restoration Day

Na Pohaku O Hauwahine
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:30am-12:30pm
Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine is the given name of a 12-acre piece of state property under the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks and part of the Kawainui State Park Reserve. The parcel is located along Kapa‘a Quarry Road in Kailua (O‘ahu) overlooking Kawai Nui Marsh. It is a place of unique geological and cultural features where plants native to the Hawaiian Islands are planted for the enjoyment and education of visitors. Na Pohaku O Hauwahine offers a panoramic view into the "piko" of Kawainui Marsh where one can observe in tranquility the wetland birds and marsh vegetation. Our restoration efforts at this site are to remove alien plants and replant with endemic natives. We are also maintaining a native wetland bird habitat in the marsh where we remove alien weeds and muck. We will be primarily concerned with weeding and cleaning up areas and possibly do some new native plantings.
Visit our Events Registration Site to Sign Up For the Bird Habitat Restoration Day at Na Pohaku O Hauawahine