Hānai Volunteers Help First-Year Students Form Their Own HPU ‘Ohana

Carin Iha, Harley Didriksen and their first-year student group members

Mahalo to our faculty and staff Hānai volunteers who work in tandem with student Peer Mentors over the Fall term, helping to support the transition of first-year students to their new “home away from home” at HPU and for some students life in Hawai‘i. Our First-year Experience staff report the following Hānai gatherings took place this term: 

  • Hānai Carin Iha and Peer Mentor (PM) Harley Didriksen (pictured third from left and second from left respectively) arranged a day at the taro patch, Lo'i Kalo Mini Park, and provided pizza after.

  • Hānai Brenda Jensen and PM Suchanya (Fern) Niyomkitjakarnkul and their group of Marine Science scholars have taken part in a scuba certification class, Peter Buffet concert and conversation evening, and guided tours of the Makapu‘u campus.

  • Hānai Chelsea Patton invited students to enjoy a smoothie and a chat about life. “Making that connection… and then waving hello on campus and at volleyball and soccer games, let’s [the students] know that I’m there for them,” Patton said.

  • Hānai Marites McKee and PM Holly Tarver scheduled a meet-up with their group, providing treats from Liliha Bakery.Hānai Chez Nielson and PM Harley Didriksen offered donuts to their students and gathered at the ATM atrium to talk about classes and adjusting to university life.
  • Hanai Erika Strawn and PM Vanessa Wong planned a meet-up with their students, which included pizza.  
        

To learn more about the Hānai and Peer Mentor Program, click here.