Passport Week FAQ's

Passport Week at HPU is a really fun time. You'll meet new friends, get familiar with the campus, and begin thinking about your future as a student. BUT... it will also be busy, and some people will feel a bit stressed. To help make sure you feel ready to go on day one, we've compiled a number of common questions we receive from students. Please contact us if you do not see your question below.

Are you a parent or family member? Free free to also check out our Family FAQs page that focus on some other topics.


Passport Week is the new student orientation experience at HPU. For a handful of days in the fall semester, you will have a chance to explore campus, get more familiar with your degree program, hear about university services, and make new friends. Passport Week is educational and fun, and is required for all new HPU students.

Yes. All new full-time freshmen, transfer and visiting students are required to attend in the fall or spring, depending on when you are admitted. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to ensure college success is to get involved and connected with the University community as quickly as possible. HPU's Passport Week is the best place to learn more about the many curricular and co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services that are available to you.

Simply check the Registration page!

Pipeline is the internal hub for communication and information from the university. You'll need access to your Pipeline account in order to register for Passport Week. Your login details can be found in your acceptance packet. Students must use their HPU email and HPU ID number with the @ to register. Please contact Admissions if you have not received those details.

If you're struggling with setting up your email, just check out this very quick instructional video. This is where ALL university communication will be sent, so make sure setting this up is a priority.

Our office is happy to help! If you need to make a change to your registration, please e-mail to reach out to the Office of First Year Experience. Refunds for cancelled guests or cancelled attendance at an optional event will only be given up through August 16th. 

Across the U.S., it has become commonplace for family members to go with their students when they are moving to or beginning at university, as they have lots of questions and want to see the campus (and might struggle a little bit with letting go). While it isn't required to attend, we do offer a Family Orientation for family members to attend while their student is busy with Passport Week. This program is one day, and provides family members a chance to connect with financial and academic offices on campus, sit in small group sessions to hear about issues that matter, as well as a chance to network with each other to find support for after they leave HPU.

One guest can attend the Family Orientation without charge. However, all additional guests are $25.00. For more information, please visit the Family Schedule page.

Traveling to HPU

First, go to the New Student Checklist page for a list of things you'll want to accomplish between now and when you arrive for Passport Week. Second, we also encourage you to visit our Traveling to HPU page. If you are an International Student, get your Pre-Departure Checklist.

Students traveling to HPU from outside Hawai'i should fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

Each year, HPU negotiates a reasonable rate for students, staff and faculty to use VIP Transportation to/from Waikiki, Downtown campus or Hawaii Loa campus. Please contact VIP Transportation directly at 808-836-0317. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information is available on the HPU Airport Shuttle Service page.

When you arrive will depend on your housing arrangements.

  • Students Living On-Campus: The Hawaii Loa Residence Halls and Waterfront Lofts open at 11am on Monday, August 21, 2017. Passport Week begins on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Please note that we do not allow early move-ins, so if you arrive earlier than August 21, you will need to find housing at a local hotel, hostel or with a friend.
  • Students Living Off-Campus: This date will vary significantly based on the housing you coordinate for yourself. Some students arrive at the start of summer, having prepared housing far in advance so they can get familiar with the local environment. Others prefer to arrive and find housing in the week or two before Passport Week begins. It is entirely up to you, however you should plan to be available to attend Kick-off on August 22.
  • International Students (Living On- or Off-Campus): Visa regulations allow you to enter the United States up to 30 days before the first day of classes (the reporting date is shown on your I-20).

Housing During Passport Week

Yes. The Hawaii Loa Residence Halls and Waterfront Lofts open at 11am on Monday, August 21, 2017. Please visit the Housing and Residence Life page for more information.

There are a few options available to you. The best option is to first take a look at the Housing and Residence Life pages. There is information for you if you want to try and live on-campus (rooms, rates, photos, living environment, etc.) and there is also information for those of you planning to live off-campus (links for searching, safe practices, ads for open apartments).

Students arriving in Honolulu with a limited budget who have not found a permanent home for the school year can also consider a hostel or a local YMCA for a short-term stay:

Unless you have a confirmed contract with Housing and Residence Life for the academic year, HPU does not provide any type of housing during Passport Week. Students should plan to organize their housing prior to arriving, or look at hostel options for short term while they search. Parents and families visiting the island have a wide variety of needs and length of stay, so we encourage research on the wide range of hotel options available in Honolulu.

Great question! One of the difficult things about living in paradise is the price tag. The best bet for organizing reasonably priced accommodation is to get it sorted as early as possible. Many locations in Honolulu do offer discounts for military as well. Visit the Traveling to HPU page for information on some local hotels that provide discounts to HPU students and familes.

Passport Week

Passport Week is all about familiarizing yourself with the University environment. You will attend Kick-off, which has some delicious food, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a chance to meet your Peer Mentor and other students. Alongside the families, you will experience University Convocation, which is a welcome from the University administration. You'll travel the campus and hear from various offices about the resources they have - like Study Abroad, Career Services, Student Life and Tutoring and Testing. You'll have a chance to break into smaller groups to pick topics that matter to you, as well as get a quick overview of some of our key offices - like the Business Office and Financial Aid. You will also meet in your Colleges and receive a welcome from your Dean, have lunch with faculty and staff, and have the chance to participate in the Shark Service Project. Finally, there will be a handful of social events that will provide you with a chance to meet others and explore the island. 

Passport Week is allabout relationships - with staff, with faculty, and with peers. We hope you utilize this time to make friends and build lasting connections that will help you feel ingrained in the University community.

Yes! We make sure you have plenty of time to meet with any office, department, staff or faculty member during Passport Week. Tuesday is completely empty apart from Kick-off in the evening. And the last day of the program provides an opportunity to get caught up on personal business, schedule an academic advising appointment, check with certain offices if you have questions, get your student ID, etc.

As indicated in other areas of the FAQs, the entire length of Passport Week is required, however we've intentionally left the weekend free to make sure you have time to do what you need to feel prepared for classes that begin that next Monday.

We know your family is probably excited about the chance to travel to Hawaii and explore. However, we want you to think about the fact that the timeframe for developing relationships and finding friends is relatively short in the beginning. It might sound amazing to head to the North Shore with the family, but you will likely find a new friend during Passport Week and you won't want to miss out on learning more about them on the Manoa Falls Hike. Or perhaps your new roommate also loves to surf and you want to hit up Diamond Head on Saturday together. Make sure you are physically, mentally and emotionally present and invested in your Passport Week experience. It's a great chance to branch out on your own.

Contact the Office of First Year Experience!

Phone: 808-544-1116


Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813