Honolulu City Life
Hawai'i, especially the capital city of Honolulu, provides students with living, learning, and career opportunities not found anywhere else. A major international meeting place and gateway between East and West, Hawai'i has grown into a regional center for many multi-national companies serving the Pacific Rim. In addition to outstanding career possibilities, the overall quality of life in Hawai'i is second to none. The average temperature is 78 degrees (26C). The air is the cleanest in America, and Honolulu was recently ranked first among America's largest cities for having the cleanest air and water. Honolulu also has the lowest crime rate in the United States for cities with more than 500,000 people. In addition to the economic and lifestyle advantages of its location, the warm and welcoming Aloha spirit is alive and well in Hawai'i. Honolulu, home for our downtown campus, provides big-city amenities -- shopping, culture, entertainment, and career opportunities -- with the friendliness of a small town. Because of the many ethnic groups that call Hawai'i "home", diversity is appreciated here; and whether you are on campus or traveling to other parts of O'ahu, you’ll feel comfortable and valued. Hawai'i is truly a paradise for those who are interested in connecting with the global economy, who appreciate beauty, and who thrive on diversity.
Whether you are on or off campus, as an HPU student you’ll be able to take advantage of all that the University and Hawai'i have to offer. On any given weekend you’ll find students surfing, body boarding, hiking, swimming -- totally enjoying island life. Activity for HPU students also means attending outstanding theatre productions, touring art galleries and museums, (the Honolulu Academy of Arts is one of the finest museums in the world and offers studio art classes to HPU students), going to concerts and shows, sporting events such as the Triple Crown of Surfing, the Ironman Triathlon, the NFL Pro Bowl, the Sony Open Golf Tournament, the Honolulu Marathon, the Pacific Rim Windward surfing championship, the Hula Bowl, and the World Invitational Rugby Tournament, to list a few.
On campus, fun and involvement revolve around the Student Life office. As an HPU student, you can join a club or organization; run for office in the Associated Students of Hawai'i Pacific University (ASHPU), our student governing body; participate in Army or Air Force ROTC; write for the student newspaper Kalamalama, or edit the Hawai'i Pacific Review, our literary journal. Use the Student Life link located on the top of the page for further information.