2019 News Articles

2019 News Article


Kelly Primacio and student
February 26, 2019

Avoiding Emotional Triggers during a Job Interview

Learn tips for making a good impression on a potential employer in this article by HPU's Career Development Coordinator.

Student veterans and advisor Tom Flores at Natcon
February 26, 2019

HPU Student Veterans Association (SVA) Represented at National Conference

Four student veterans and the Assistant Director of the Military and Veterans Center, representing HPU's Student Veteran Association, attended the 2019 Student Veterans of America National Conference in Orlando, Florida, from Jan. 3 through 5.

CDR Odom leading a discussion at INTR3000 course at Hickam Air Force Base
February 11, 2019

Navy Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor among the Guest Speakers for International Relations Class

CDR Jonathan Odom from the Daniel K Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and Du Tran, career foreign service officer, US Department of State, and deputy foreign policy advisor, headquarters, US Indo-Pacific Command led discussions with international relations students at Hickam Air Force Base.

Wanderlust XV cover
February 11, 2019

English Major Places Poem in Prestigious National Anthology!

Nyna Dies’s poem "clenched fist and honeycomb" was selected for inclusion in the 2019 issue of plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing.

Ji Mi Park headshot
February 11, 2019

College of Business Professor Leads Research on Asymmetric Impact of Decision Making in Marketing

Assistant Professor Ji Mi Park, Ph.D., has recently published two articles in leading marketing journals.

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February 11, 2019

Faculty and Staff Support Fin Week and Display Their Hoop Skills at the Annual Faculty and Staff Basketball Game

Over 30 faculty and staff teamed up to build camaraderie, playing in a semi-competitive halftime basketball match at halftime of the HPU versus Dominican men's basketball game held on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Stephanie Linehan presenting
February 04, 2019

Smithsonian Institution Visits HPU, Presenting Internship and Career Opportunities

Smithsonian Institution representatives visited HPU to present internship and career opportunities for HPU students.

young brothers college of business
February 04, 2019

Hawaiʻi Pacific University and Young Brothers Provide Project-Based Learning Opportunities for Students

HPU business students to gain career experience working alongside Young Brothers employees on projects to address challenges and opportunities unique to the local company

First Look Mixed Media 2018 winning poster
February 04, 2019

First Look Poster Competition: Open to All HPU Students

The Multimedia Programs have announced the 2019 First Look Mixed Media Festival Poster Design Competition.


HPU students and faculty at Phi Alpha Theta State Conference
March 25, 2019

Students Participate in Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society State Conference

Three students took away three of the top prizes for their papers presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society State Conference.

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March 18, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University Advances on Planned PsyD Program

Hawai'i Pacific University is moving forward with plans to offer a full, accredited doctorate in psychology (PsyD) program in the wake of the sudden shutdown of Argosy University, whose Hawai'i campus had provided the state’s only PsyD program to date.

College of Health and Society group at Da Nang University in Vietnam
March 18, 2019

College of Health and Society (CHS) Students Participate in Winter Cultural Exchange Trip

CHS students from the Nursing, Public Health and Social Work programs traveled to Japan and Vietnam from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5, participating in the inaugural HPU Inter-professional Education Cultural Exchange Trip.

TESOL students and faculty at Hawaii TESOL conference
March 18, 2019

TESOL Students and Faculty Participate in Conference

Five TESOL students and Professor of Applied Linguistics Hanh thi Nguyen, Ph.D., presented at the annual Hawaii TESOL conference.

waterfront plaza map
March 13, 2019

Campus Consolidation Moves Update

Campus Consolidation Moves Update

Hanh thi Nguyen headshot
March 12, 2019

Professor of Applied Linguistics Co-edits Book on Conversation Analysis

Professor Hanh thi Nguyen, Ph.D. (TESOL) co-edited "Conversation Analytic Perspectives on English Language Learning, Teaching and Testing in Global Contexts,” which was recently published.

HON 2200 class at Opala Tour
March 12, 2019

Honors Class Explores Oahu’s Waste Stream and Sustainable Waste Futures

Residential Honors Program sophomore students in the HON 2200 “Plastic Fantastic?” course studied Oahu’s waste stream by participating in the Honolulu City & County’s “Opala Tour.”

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March 07, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomes Argosy transfers, provides bridge for vital doctoral program

Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomes Argosy transfers, provides bridge for vital doctoral program

March 07, 2019

OI Mullet Release at Waikiki Aquarium in Honor of Earth Day

OI-donated striped mullet fish get released by Waikiki Aquarium in its annual Earth Day festivities, symbolizing the importance of preserving Hawai‘i’s environment.

alec headshot
March 07, 2019

Assistant Professor of Music Alec Schumacker, D.M.A. Won World Projects Composition Contest

Joining with renowned composers from across the globe, Alec will perform his composition at a summer festival, forging new connections and opportunities to collaborate.

Jan Boivin by HPU sign
March 06, 2019

Senior Vice President Recognized with ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award

Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jan Boivin is among the distinguished businesswomen named a 2019 “Women Who Mean Business” awardee.

We Care Fair logo
March 06, 2019

McKee and Boivin Provide College Campus Safety Training to Kamehameha High School Seniors

Their training session addresses campus safety generally as well as street-smart safety tips.

Nate Lingard on the job
March 06, 2019

Nate Lingard Named Facilities Operations Manager

Effective March 1, 2019, Lingard has accepted the position of facilities operations manager.

Career Development Center staff
March 06, 2019

Career Development Team Selected to Present Annual ‘All Association of Colleges and Employers' Webinar

The HPU team delivered their presentation entitled 'Delivering Career Development to a Diverse Student Population: Programming That Supports Every Student’s College-to-Career Transition.'


October 08, 2019

School of Social Work Joins 2019 International Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Hawaii Summit

The International Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) Hawaii Summit occurred from April 23-26th at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Among the 1500 mental health practitioners and emergency service workers attending this year from Hawaii and around the world were several HPU Social Work students, faculty and staff. The College of Health and Society (CHS) was a Bronze Sponsor for this year’s event, reconnecting HPU with this long-standing conference that has been in Hawaii for over 12 years.

United Nations club delegation at the UN
April 29, 2019

United Nations (UN) Club Participates in National Model UN Conference

A delegation of 10 students alongside the club advisor Andrea Malji, Ph.D., journeyed to New York City to participate in the National Model UN Conference.

Students studying at Pioneer Plaza mezzanine
April 29, 2019

For Undergraduate Students:

HPU is offering more than 300 on-campus and online courses this summer, plus up to $3,000 in grant money to help pay for it.

Iolani Barracks
April 29, 2019

‘Iolani Barracks Once Housed Royal Guard

Halekoa, also known as ‘Iolani Barracks, is a building designed by a German architect and constructed from over 6,000 blocks of coral.

Environmental Ethics class at Mount Kaala
April 29, 2019

Environmental Ethics Students Visit Mount Ka‘ala

Students of Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Matthew LoPresti, Ph.D., safely visited and learned of the unique natural history and ecosystem of the natural reserve area.

Business Law seminar speakers and audience members
April 29, 2019

Business Law Seminar Hosted by College of Business

The seminar featured guest speakers, Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice, the Honorable Mark Recktenwald, and attorneys Dick Mosher and Gregory Kim.

HLTA mentoring program mentors and mentees and professor Wendy Lam
April 29, 2019

Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Students Complete Mentoring Program

Four HTM students completed the 2018-19 Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association Generational Mentoring Program.

April 22, 2019

Reminder: HPU@HIFF Adcard Competition Submission Deadline

The deadline for the competition is Friday, April 26, 5 p.m., and all HPU students are welcome to enter.

First Look Mixed Media Festival Winning Poster
April 22, 2019

First Look Mixed Media Festival Poster Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Angeleyh Pasco, Multimedia Cinematic Production major, who is the winner of the contest.

Multimedia Cinematic Production students and MDA leaders
April 22, 2019

Cinematography Workshop Students Create Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Film

Multimedia Cinematic Production students wrote, produced and directed a 10-minute short film for the MDA.

CHS faculty and students in Guatemala
April 22, 2019

College of Health and Society (CHS) Students and Faculty Take Part in Medical Mission

CHS faculty and nursing students spent Spring Break in Guatemala, completing a medical mission.

Malama HPU team
April 22, 2019

Members of the HPU ‘Ohana Participate in Mālama HPU

Approximately 40 members of the HPU ‘ohana participated in the Monday, April 15, service project.

CLST3100 students presenting
April 22, 2019

Classical Studies Students Share Their Work

Students of Professor Margo Kitts, Ph.D., in CLST 3100, Female Figures in Classical Myth, Literature, and Religion, participated in a Thursday, April 4 brown-bag event sponsored by the Arts, Humanities & Languages department.

Our Lady of Peace Cathedral
April 22, 2019

Our Lady of Peace Cathedral Is Over 175 Years Old

Associate Professor of History Douglas Askman, Ph.D., provides this historical write-up on the cathedral, which is the oldest building on Fort Street Mall.

group shot at fukuoka jo gakuin
April 16, 2019

Twenty-three HPU Students Participate in the Kakehashi Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Program

Twenty-three HPU students embarked on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.


HPU logo
May 26, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University Announces Tuition Assistance to Active-Duty Navy Personnel

HPU is offering this tuition assistance in the wake of the U.S. Navy's announcement that college tuition assistance funding has been depleted for the current federal fiscal year.

TESOL Celebrating Milestone Graphic-world map
May 13, 2019

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Celebrates a Milestone

As of spring 2019, the TESOL Program now has alumni teaching and working in more than 70 countries and states around the world.

Ngoc Phan and students
May 13, 2019

HPU Names Its 2019 Teacher of the Year

Assistant Professor of Political Science Ngoc Phan, Ph.D., was named the 2019 HPU Teacher of the Year at the University’s May 9 Commencement ceremony.

hawaii pacific university national student advertising competition team
May 06, 2019

HPU Secures the National Student Advertising Competition District Win

The team will proceed to the semi-finals phase of the competition on May 8.

senior leadership team at ulupo heiau
May 06, 2019

Senior Leadership’s Community Service at Ulupō Heiau – Stewards of Aloha, Pono, Kuleana

The team had a unique opportunity to “give back” while learning the history of the Kailua Kawainui Marsh area.

Eng 2110 course students and guest speaker Kealoha
May 06, 2019

English Course Students Get Career Advice from Guest Speakers

HPU 2015 alumna Bianca Flores and Hawai‘i Poet Laureate Kealoha spoke with students in the Ways of Reading Film, Literature, and Culture course.

Cathedral of St. Andrew
May 06, 2019

Cathedral of St. Andrew Named to Honor King Kamehameha IV

King Kamehameha IV died on November 30, 1863, the feast day of St. Andrew.

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May 01, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Spring 2019 Commencement

Among Graduates are Five Maryknoll High School Students

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May 01, 2019

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Samantha Londynsky headshot
May 01, 2019

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Spring 2019 Commencement

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Spring 2019 Commencement


Emily Roberson aboard commercial fishing vessel, conducting TB contact investigation
June 25, 2019

Public Health Professor Co-Authors Article in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Publication

Assistant Professor Emily Roberson, Ph.D., an epidemiologist, participated in a contact investigation of a case of Meningeal and Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

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June 25, 2019

HPU Continues to Grow with Three Vital Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Psychology and Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sheryl Sunia and high schoolers at CSI event
June 25, 2019

HPU Introduces High Schoolers to a Career in Criminal Justice through CSI Event

HPU invited local high school students to participate in its 3rd annual murder mystery event, showing them how rewarding a career in criminal justice can be.

Golden Apple award
June 25, 2019

Golden Apple Awards Presented to Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are recognized by their colleagues for their contributions toward the advancement of teaching, scholarship and service at HPU.

Laurie Leach presenting at conference
June 10, 2019

Professor of English Publishes Article in the Journal Slavery and Abolition

Laurie F. Leach, Ph.D., professor of English, has published an article entitled “Roots and the Trope of the Good Slaveholder.”


July 29, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University Offers All Alumni $4K per Year to Come Back for Master’s Degrees

Hawai‘i Pacific University Offers All Alumni $4K per Year to Come Back for Master’s Degrees

MyHPU sign-on screen
July 28, 2019

Check out the New MyHPU Portal

While some services from Pipeline will migrate to the new platform, new technologies will offer MyHPU users additional services.

Dr Aumer and students in DC
July 08, 2019

Psychology Professor and Students Present Research at Industry Conference in DC

Katherine Aumer, Ph.D., and students from her Emotions and Relationships lab attended the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Sciences.

Tatiana Brittian headshot
July 08, 2019

Student Shares One of Her Great Food Finds in Kaka‘ako

Tatiana Brittian loves going on food adventures, and one of the places she recommends checking out is only a six-minute walk from Waterfront Plaza.


October 10, 2019

Meet the New Social Work Faculty

The School of Social Work recently added two new faculty members to its `ohana! Dr. Vince Okada-Coelho is an Assistant Professor of Social Work with a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Hawai`i. He says "I think stories are what I'm most excited about. I think social work students have very interesting, and inspiring stories I'm excited to hear." Dr. Danielle Giroux is an Assistant Professor of Social Work with a PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She plans to "create projects that partner students with organizations or programs that are going on in the community."

mauna kea
October 08, 2019

Visit to Mauna a Wākea and Pu`uhonua Pu`uhuluhulu

Associate Professor of Social Work, Dr. Peter Mataira recently traveled to Mauna-a-Wākea as part of his ongoing work on community sustainability and the advancement of indigenous place-based education. Accompanied by Dr. Peter Hanohano, Executive Director of the World Indigenous Nations University – Hawai’i Pasifika (WINU-HP) and Vice-Chancellor of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortia (WINHEC), along with visiting Professor Jolan Hiesh, from the National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan, the trip was an opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the significance of the mountain’s sacredness, the intergenerational transference of cultural practices, the importance of Kapu Aloha as a framework for reconciliation, and, to learn about the impact of the TMT on sovereign rights.

deans publication
October 04, 2019

Effects of Social Work Practice on Practitioner Spirituality

Spirituality is important to the lives of the clients, families, and communities that we serve. It is important that we have the knowledge and skills to explore this important area with them. The literature on this aspect of social work practice has been growing over the past 30 years. This research has looked at ethics related to imposing practitioner spirituality on clients as well as tools and models that incorporate spirituality into practice. However, one aspect of spirituality that has received scant attention is the effect of our social work practice on our own spirituality. Kelli Larsen, former assistant professor here at HPU, and I recently published an article in the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work entitled ‘Effects of social work practice on practitioners’ spirituality’. We found that there were three ways that social work practice influences spirituality: practice can serve as a source of spirituality via new spiritual knowledge and growth; practice can support existing, fixed spiritual beliefs and values; and denial of influence of practice on spirituality. The article caught the attention of our new Dean, Halaevalu Vakalahi and was awarded the first College of Health & Society Dean’s Manuscript of the Year award. The article was co-authored by some amazing two graduate assistants, Christiana Chun (MSW, ’17) and Chloe Harrington (MSW, ’17). Read more about the project here.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Defense Event participants and attendees
August 27, 2019

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students Successfully Defend Their Projects

Two doctoral candidates, Kendra Spaulding, MSN, AGACNP, APRN-Rx, and Sandra Kakiuchi, APRN, MS, GCNS-BC, present their research projects.

Madison Masek at the Hawaii State Capitol
August 27, 2019

HPU’s Hana Ka `Ike Program: Offering Guaranteed Internships and Experiential Learning

HPU's Guaranteed Internship and Experiential Learning program offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience, preparing them to graduate as active members of a global society.

Dr. Phan being interviewed on radio show
August 27, 2019

Faculty and Undergraduate Research Assistants Survey Native Hawaiians on Hawai‘i Island

Assistant Professor of Political Science Ngoc Phan, Ph.D., with Kupuna in Residence Lynette Cruz, Ph.D., and undergraduate research assistants recruited Native Hawaiians on Hawai‘i Island for their research survey.

Waianae High School and OI-HPU aquaculture workshop group
August 27, 2019

Waianae High Teachers and Students Participate in Aquaculture Workshop

Students and teachers from Waianae High School’s Marine Science Learning Center attended a three-day aquaculture workshop at the Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Pam Lough with Scholarly Communications Institute participants
August 27, 2019

Dean of Libraries & Learning Commons Presents at Scholarly Communications Institute

Pam Lough, MLS, PhD, presented some of the work of Metadata 2020 at the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute at UCLA.

Ghazwan Hassna, Ph.D., presenting at International Institute of Business Analysis Hawaii Chapter event
August 20, 2019

Information Systems Faculty Presents Talk on ‘Big Data, The Oil of the New Digital Economy’

Assistant Professor of Information Systems Ghazwan Hassna, Ph.D., demonstrates how Big Data and Analytics are growing and shaping the new digital economy.

eSports summer campers participate in workshop led by Microsoft store representative
August 20, 2019

HPU eSports Summer Training Camp Concludes with Special Guest Presentations

The eSports summer campers participated in a hands-on workshop to create their own video game and a presentation focused on Twitch streaming.

Ken Schoolland presenting in China to Northeastern University summer camp scholars
August 13, 2019

Economics Professor Presents in China and Meets with His Former Students

Associate Professor of Economics Ken Schoolland traveled to China in July, delivering a series of lectures at the Northeastern University summer camp of international economics and management scholars.

New HPU Mobile App screenshot
August 06, 2019

Announcing the New HPU Mobile App

Launched on July 31, HPU's new mobile app is available for download on the Apple App and Google Play stores.


jaimie casap
September 30, 2019

HPU Presents Keynote Speaker and Participates in Panel at TechForce Hawai‘I

HPU Presents Keynote Speaker and Participates in Panel at TechForce Hawai‘I

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September 30, 2019

Rossi Speaks at Project Management Conference

Rossi Speaks at Project Management Conference

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September 20, 2019

TESOL Delivers 6 Group Programs this Summer

TESOL Delivers 6 Group Programs this Summer

September 20, 2019

Mahalo to the Staff and Faculty Volunteers Who Helped During Orientation and the First Week of School

Mahalo to the Staff and Faculty Volunteers Who Helped During Orientation and the First Week of School

Historic Judd Building
September 16, 2019

Historic Judd Building on Merchant Street Once Housed the Bank of Hawaii

On the corner of Fort and Merchant Streets between Pioneer Plaza and Aloha Tower is the Judd Building.

CLS representative talking with an HPU student
September 16, 2019

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Representative Visits HPU

A CLS program representative visited HPU to inform students of the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for a summer intensive language study in another country.

Chad Callan MACNA presentation flyer
September 16, 2019

Oceanic Institute of HPU (OI of HPU) Finfish Program Director Presents at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA)

Chad Callan, Ph.D., recently gave an invited talk entitled "Don’t try this at home? Taking marine ornamental aquaculture from scientific discovery to commercial feasibility.”

You@HPU graphic
September 16, 2019

You@HPU: Succeed, Thrive and Matter

HPU has a new tool for students that will be an extraordinary asset for students, faculty and staff.

Jean Kirschenmann at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
September 16, 2019

TESOL Faculty Deliver Workshops in Japan

TESOL faculty members Hanh Nguyen, Ph.D., and Jean Kirschenmann delivered invited workshops at Ibaraki Christian University and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, respectively.

Students at Waterfront Plaza gazebo
September 11, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University Is Different

The city is HPU's campus, and our facilities are consolidated within a triangle, anchored at our Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Aloha Tower
September 09, 2019

Aloha Tower, a Historic Icon and a Landmark for HPU’s Campus, Turns 93 on Sept 11

Completed in 1926 and standing at 184-feet tall, Aloha Tower was at one time the tallest building in Hawai‘i.

Tyler Van Stone-Charod Dodd-Loi Bailey
September 09, 2019

Graduate Investment Course Students Get Hands-on Experience

Charod Dodd, Ph.D., led his students in the graduate Investment Course, FIN 6310, in the practical application of managing two $100,000 portfolios.

Career Development Center staff
September 03, 2019

Managing Internship Expectations

Students should view an internship as a continuation of their academic journey.

September 03, 2019

College of Health and Society Participates in Inaugural Tri-University International Cultural Immersion Program

Associate Dean Jayne Smitten, PhD, MEd, CHSE-A, and nursing students, Georgia Havens and Sarah Peterson, participated in this program at Tokyo Women’s Medical University in June.

Generations Magazine cover
September 03, 2019

Public Health Adjunct Featured As a Breast Cancer Warrior

Anaeliz “Mina” Colon tells her story in the August/September 2019 issue of Generations Magazine.


Carin Iha, Harley Didriksen and their first-year student group members
October 29, 2019

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

Hānai volunteers and Peer Mentors organize gatherings for their first-year student groups.

Jan Boivin, right, with co-presenters at Society of Human Resources' Hawaii Annual Conference
October 29, 2019

General Counsel Presents at Annual Human Resources Conference and HPU Debuts Its HPU Next Program

Jan Boivin presented employment law updates, and HPU debuted HPU Next, a workforce development program.

Ana Pesaleli and guests at 'Top Cop' award recognition event
October 29, 2019

HPU’s Lead Security Officer Receives Excellence in Service Award

Ana Pesaleli received the “Top Cop” award from The Law Enforcement and Security Coalition.

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October 23, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University Named ‘Hawai‘i’s Best’

HPU received top rankings from “Guide to Online Schools” and “WalletHub.”

Destiny Brown headshot
October 22, 2019

Master of Social Work (MSW) Student Named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellow

CSWE announced MSW student Destiny Brown a fellow for the 2019-20 academic year.

CHS administration team at Wear It Pink Day event
October 22, 2019

College of Health and Society (CHS) Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

CHS students, faculty, and staff organized a campus “Wear It Pink Day” to support and spread awareness of breast cancer.

Public Health students engaging with youth participants of Children and Youth Day event
October 15, 2019

College of Health and Society (CHS) Supports Children and Youth Day Event

Nursing and Public Health students participated in this annual community event held on October 6 at the Hawai‘i State Capitol.

October 09, 2019

School of Social Work Alumni Updates 2019

See what the School of Social Work Alumni are doing in service of the community and the profession.


major general arthur joe logan
December 05, 2019

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2019 Commencement

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2019 Commencement

Christine Tamayo
December 05, 2019

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Kit-U Wong Headshot
December 05, 2019

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Ghazwan Hassna presents at Southern Business Administration Association annual meeting
November 26, 2019

Information Systems Faculty Gives Talk on Big Data & Analytics

Assistant Professor of Information Systems Ghazwan Hassna, Ph.D., presented at the Southern Business Administration Association annual meeting.

November 21, 2019

Caught on Camera! The Center for Marine Debris Research was highlighted in REI-sponsored documentary with Pattie Gonia

The Center for Marine Debris Research was filmed and featured in “The Story Behind Everything to Lose,” an REI-sponsored documentary with Pattie Gonia. Our Co-director, Dr. Jennifer Lynch, and several lab members revealed the truth behind plastic pollution and how it impacts our ecosystem.

Lauren Nosworthy, 2nd from left, and Tomodachi Generations Summit attendees
November 19, 2019

HPU Student Invited to Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Scholars Generation Summit in Tokyo

Lauren Nosworthy was selected out of 50 applicants to represent the program’s U.S. alumni at the 2019 Tomodachi Generation Summit in Tokyo, delivering a speech to more than 250 attendees.

Han Nee Chong, far right, and fellow conference panelists
November 19, 2019

School of Education Faculty Presents at International Conference on Education and Social Justice

Han Nee Chong, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Instructional Designer-School of Education, joined higher education colleagues at this 9th annual conference, presenting on the topic, "Preparing Teachers and Leaders for Advocacy."

HPU Debate Team at Alakai Debate Championship
November 12, 2019

HPU Team Wins Alaka‘i Debate Championship

In addition to winning the championship, HPU swept the speaker awards.

Cate Critz and Hobie Etta Feagai
November 12, 2019

Nursing Faculty Present at Madridge International Nursing Conference

Cate Critz, PhD, CPNP, PMHS, APRN-Rx, and Hobie Etta Feagai, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN-Rx, presented their research findings, entitled "Presenteeism among Nursing Students in Three Countries."

Lori Daniels and James Boehnlein
November 12, 2019

Social Work Faculty Presents at US Psych Congress

Lori Daniels, PhD, LCSW, co-presented with a colleague from Oregon Health and Science University and the Portland VA, their collaborative research.

shearwater specimens from Bishop Museum lab
November 12, 2019

HPU Professor Co-authors Research with Bishop Museum and Monterey Bay Aquarium Colleagues

David Hyrenbach, PhD, is a co-author of a study tracking changes in heavy metal concentrations and trophic positions in Hawaiian seabirds.

Scribbled filefish in a sea of plastics
November 11, 2019

New Study Shows Larval Fish Are Eating Our Trash

Researchers from Hawai‘i Pacific University, NOAA, and other agencies release study

October 18, 2019

Researchers from the Center for Marine Debris Research (CMDR) Present at the WHOI Microplastics Workshop

Co-Director, Dr. Jennifer Lynch, and laboratory manager, Kayla C. Brignac, of the Center for Marine Debris Research presented at the WHOI Microplastics Workshop in October 2019. Dr. Jennifer Lynch discussed the dire need for the standardization of measurement science for plastic pollution research to make studies comparable. She also introduced CMDR and it’s research capabilities to an international audience that initiated collaboration across all levels of academia, government, and industry leaders in plastic pollution research.


HPU Model UN Club and Dr. Serge Marek
December 17, 2019

HPU Model United Nation Team Awarded ‘Honorable Mention Delegation’

Ten students from HPU’s United Nations Club, accompanied by professor Serge Marek, Ph.D., attended the National Model United Nations in Washington, D.C.

Shaun Moss presenting at National Shrimp Congress
December 10, 2019

Executive Director, Oceanic Institute of HPU, Presents at International Conference on Shrimp Farming

Shaun Moss, Ph.D., participated in the 12th Philippine National Shrimp Congress.

NatGeo conference participants dialogue with CNCS faculty member
December 10, 2019

HPU Hosts NatGeo-sponsored SACNAS Conference Participants

The College of Natural and Computational Sciences hosted the diversity in STEM conference participants.

HPU College of Health and Society Dean Vakalahi and representatives of UH, NASW, HPU School of Social Work and guest speaker Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey
December 03, 2019

College of Health and Society (CHS) Launches Legacy Speaker Series

Initiated in Fall 2019 by CHS Dean Halaevalu Vakalahi, Ph.D., this legacy series provides the opportunity for CHS students and alumni to engage a dynamic and well-known scholar and educator.


Lisa Ishikuro
February 01, 2019

Staff Council Honors Director, Center for Academic Success

Lisa Ishikuro, director, Center for Academic Success, was named the Fall 2018 Ke Kaukahi individual recipient honoree.

Information Technology Services staff
February 01, 2019

Staff Council Recognizes the Contributions of Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services is the Fall 2018 department recipient of the Ke Kaukahi recognition of excellence.

HPU librarian at computer
February 01, 2019

HPU Libraries Offer 24/7 Chat Service

HPU Libraries offer a 24/7 virtual reference service to support students, faculty and distance education programs.

esports tournament
January 30, 2019

Students from McKinley and Roosevelt High Schools Win $15,000 Scholarship from HPU

McKinley and Roosevelt students take home victory at Hawaiʻi's inaugural eSports Scholarship Tournament

Graduates recessing at Commencement ceremony
January 29, 2019

Spring 2019 Commencement to Be Held on May 9

HPU's Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 9, 5 p.m., at Neal Blaisdell Arena.

Will Sabio headshot
January 22, 2019

An Introduction to Title IX by Our Title IX Coordinator

William Sabio is the University’s Title IX coordinator. The HPU ‘Ohana This Week staff recently had a conversation with Sabio on the topic of Title IX.

Jennifer Walsh headshot
January 15, 2019

HPU Names Jennifer Walsh Provost

Walsh to oversee the development, growth and quality of all academic and student affairs programs to advance the academic mission of HPU

Ryan Tin Loy and Kelly Primacio present at MPACE annual conference
January 14, 2019

Career Development Center Staff Present and Participate in Annual Conference

Career Development Center staff attended and presented at the Mountain Pacific Association Colleges and Employers Annual Conference.