Involvement at HPU
College students share similar goals of meeting new people, finding ways to get involved, and having new experiences. The Center for Student Life & First-Year Programs supports these goals by offering intentional, educational, and innovative programs and activities. Some of the events you can look forward to include Welcome Week, Leadership Education and Development Series, Club Carnival, Speaker Series, Da Freakshow, and Halloween Funfest.
Student Leadership Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to experience leadership by getting involved in undergraduate student government, Campus Activities Board, clubs, and as Orientation Leaders during New Student Orientation.

Student Government The Hawai`i Pacific University Student Government Association is the student governing body comprised of the student body president/vice president, a student senate and judicial council.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) The Campus Activities Board is a student-run organization that strives to enhance the Hawaii Pacific University student experience through quality entertainment, creative programming, and community involvement.  All members of the student body are welcomed and encouraged to join CAB and be part of the team. 

Registered Student Organizations Clubs and student organizations provide a wide range of academic, professional, cultural, spiritual, and special interest opportunities. Join a club or start one today!

New Student Orientation Leaders (OLs) Orientation Leaders play a critical role in serving new students and their family members during Passport Week. They are the front line staff during orientation to facilitate students’ transition and initiate their integration to the University community. Students are selected based on their academic achievement, interpersonal and leadership skills, knowledge of campus, and involvement in student life.

Sea Warrior/Sharkys Cove

The Sea Warrior Center is located on the first floor of the Blaisdell Hotel on the downtown campus and is a comfortable gathering space for the HPU community. You will find pool, ping pong, and foosball tables, a big screen television, and couches to enjoy with your friends. Many events happen in the Sea Warrior Center weekly.

Sharky’s Cove provides a comfortable area where students can study and relax and offers couches, a flat screen television, study carrels, and computers. Outdoor furniture is also available should students choose to sit outside. Sharky’s Cove is also home to Commuter Services, the Student Government Association and several Student Life offices.

Club Carnival Video
Contact Us

Hawai'i Pacific University
Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 105 Honolulu, HI 96813 U.S.A.
Telephone: (808) 544-0277
FAX: (808) 566-2441

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Why Get Involved?

When you get involved at HPU, you will have the opportunity to

  • Meet new people with similar interests.
  • Develop your leadership potential.
  • Be exposed to new ideas and people from around the globe.
  • Enrich your HPU experience.

At HPU you are encouraged to experience and get involved with your peers and the University.

We know you are here to earn a degree and we want to help you develop your full potential.  We support you in being fully engaged in the classroom and in the HPU and local community.  Finding a niche at HPU is a joint responsibility between you, your peers and the University.

Student Life Calendar of Events @ HPU

Meet HPU's Student Life and First Year Programs Staff
Marites McKee
Dean of Student Life
  • Oversee departments and lead staff in the Center for Student Life & First Year Programs
  • Manage various services, activities, resources, initiatives relating to student life
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on co-curricular and extra- curricular programs
  • Assist students, student groups, families, faculty and staff in solving student life matters
  • Participate in and assist with division-wide efforts
Megan Kaptik

First-Year Programs
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  • Develop and facilitate a first-year program
  • Implement New Student Orientation
  • Coordinate co-curricular events: Live Hawai’i, Speaker Series, Taste of Home, Secrets of Success, and Be My Guest
  • Serve as a resource to faculty in curricular programming: First-Year Seminars and HPU Reads
  • Manage First-Year Programs website and Pipeline tab
  • Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor
Adrienne Lampitelli
Associate Director
Leadership Development Programs
  • Leadership Development initiatives, workshops, and opportunities
  • Spirit Club Advisor
  • Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor
  • Special Events
Carrie Moore
Student Organizations

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  • Oversee Registered Student Organizations
  • Develop and administer RSO policies & procedures
  • Create and implement training materials
  • Leadership development opportunities for club officers and members
  • Financial transactions and budget management for Registered Student Organizations
  • Special events

Gleanne Dimson

Student Activities

  • Student activities at HLC
  • Campus activities Board Advisor
  • Sharky’s Cove Manager
  • Supervise student assistants in Sharky’s Cove
  • Special events
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