HPU | ‘Ohana Weekend

‘Ohana Weekend 2022

‘Ohana Weekend 2022
October 7 - 9
In-Person or Virtual

Aloha HPU Families,


In Hawai'i, you will hear the term 'OHANA used a lot. In a literal sense, it means family. As the parent or family member of an HPU student, we want to make sure you feel a part of the HPU 'Ohana as well.

We know what a vital role you have played in supporting your student during their journey to college. You have been their greatest cheerleader each step-of-the-way, helping them through their greatest challenges and ensuring they are growing and developing as young adults. This doesn't change just because your student moved away from home, or hit other important life events. You will continue to play a large role in your student's success at HPU, and we want to help make that easier for you.

Attending HPU’s Parent and Family Weekend will help you both feel confident and informed about all the resources available to make your student’s academic and social experiences successful and rewarding! Studies show that parent involvement enhances a student’s overall collegiate experience, while helping them establish their independence.

The schedule for events and the registration link are listed below.


Again, welcome to the HPU 'Ohana, and please reach out to us at provost@hpu.edu should you have any questions or concerns.



Saturday, October 8, 2022

Hawai'i Pacific University embeds the cultural values of aloha, pono, and kuleana in its academic and co-curricular experiences. Join Hawaiian Kumu Ramsay Taum as he dives deeper into the values of Hawai’i Pacific University.

This is your opportunity to meet our academic deans and ask questions about your student's major or program. Included is our Dean of Students, who oversees our Student Life and Residential Housing teams.

With the increase of mental health issues for college-aged students, the HPU Behavioral and Wellness staff will share ways in which you can support your student during challenging times.

Watch the Livestream match as the HPU Sharks host the Art Academy at the HPU Shark Tank.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

At this time of the semester, students often feel as though they couldn't possibly cram any more information into their tired brains. Thankfully, HPU Neuroscience faculty, Dr. James Lawrence, has the solution! Learn how our brains learn and how you can help your student to stay mentally and academically fit. (Students are welcome to join this session, too!)

This is your opportunity to meet our valuable student support team members in our Center for Academic Success, Study Abroad, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid sessions.

HPU hosts Hawai'i Hilo at the Waipio Soccer Complex.

HPU hosts Hawai'i Hilo at the Waipio Soccer Complex.


FRIDAY – October 7, 2022

If you like tacos and love trivia, then this event is for you! Join HPU students for a fun and informal evening at our beautiful Aloha Tower Marketplace campus.


Cost is $7 per person and space is limited.

SATURDAY – October 8, 2022

The Aloha Aina Tour allows guests to see the beauty and tranquility of one of Oahu’s most well-preserved ancient Hawaiian fishponds (Moli’i), which is carbon-dated at between 800 and 1,000 years old. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior, you’ll get to learn about early Hawaiian aquaculture practices and how fish was farmed in this 153-acre actively farmed fishpond, still standing with much of the original stonewall infrastructure in place. Guests will travel on a Trolley to explore the tropical fruit and flower gardens of Moli’i along the shores fronting our “Secret Island."


Cost is $55 per person and space is limited to 19.

HPU and Imua One Blade Canoe Club invite you to an introduction to outrigger canoe paddling in the gentle waters near Ala Moana Regional Park. This unique, cultural, and fun outdoor activity will be led by experienced steerspersons. No previous paddling experience necessary. Paddling experts will be the canoe to steer and help teach and guide along the way. Bring sunscreen and wear waterproof shoes or slippers (flip-flops), as you will need to wade in knee-high water to enter/exit the canoe.


Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to 30. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

Join Prof. Davidann, Professor of History and expert on U.S.-Japanese relations, for a tour of the USS Missouri at Hawaii's historic Pearl Harbor memorial site.


Cost is $30 per person and space is limited to 15.

Enjoy fresh sushi made right in front of you! Superb Sushi has been providing authentic Live Action Sushi Bars since they opened in 1985.


Cost is $18 per person and space is limited.

Come cheer on our Sharks at the Shark Tank gymnasium as they take on the Art Academy.

Join Dr. Mark Rosenbaum, HPU Business Dean, on a special day-long trip to the island of Molokai. The tour will be provided by Molokai Day Tours and will include plane fare to and from Molokai from Honolulu Airport. Molokai is known for its magnificent cliffs and for Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which is an isolated former leper colony below the towering cliffs.


Cost is $450 per person and space is limited to 24. Cost does not include transportation to and from Honolulu Airport. Registrations must be finalized by September 30. Follow-up details will be sent to registrants once the tour is confirmed.

October is Pride Month in Hawai'i and our students will be celebrating with a special brunch with Drag Show entertainment. Additional details are coming soon.

SUNDAY – October 9, 2022

Join HPU CFO Dave Kostecki for an early morning hike on the paved Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline. This excursion  offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird.


Cost is $5 per person and limited to 15 participants.

Join HPU historian and naval expert Prof. Brenden Bliss on a tour of Punchbowl Cemetery and the Pali Lookout. You will learn about Hawai'i's complex history by visiting these two important sites that offer insight into Hawai'i's role in the geopolitics of the South Pacific.


Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to 25. 

Strolling or driving through these lush 400 acres in windward Oʻahu, you will truly agree that Hoʻomaluhia is rightfully named "a peaceful refuge."  Opened in 1982, this garden in Kāneʻohe features plantings from major tropical regions around the world grouped geographically. Geographical regions represented by our botanical collections: Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America, India & Sri Lanka, Melanesia, Hawaii, Polynesia, and Africa. The Garden was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kāneʻohe. 


Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to 20.

Enjoy special recipes inspired by  James Beard award winning Chef Sam Choy, customized especially  for 'Ohana Weekend.


Cost is $20 per person ($12 for keiki under 12). Students who have an HPU Meal plan do not need a ticket for this event.

Cheer on the Sharks as they host Hawai'i Hilo at home. No ticket is needed for admission.

Cheer on the Sharks as they host Hawai'i Hilo at home. No ticket is needed for admission.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Jennifer Walsh
Senior Vice President and Provost
Hawai'i Pacific University