Live Hawai‘i

The Office of First Year Experience wants new HPU students to have experiences that provide a sense of connection to Hawai'i and local culture. Registration will open one month prior to the event and close when spaces are full. Some events will fill up quickly, so make sure to sign up soon!

Lanikai Pillbox hike (kaiwa ridge trail)

Saturday September 29, 2018


This short, steep hike is one of the most picturesque and pleasant hiking trails that you won't want to miss! Rising just above beautiful Lanikai Beach, this hike rewards you with some of the best panoramic views of O'ahu’s windward side.


stealing hawai'i: the rise and fall of the last queen

saturday October 27, 2018

Meet in front of ATM at 12:00pm

Honolulu Exposed presents "Stealing Hawaii: The Rise and Fall of the Last Queen." A journey through the life of Queen Lili`uokalani, a high born chiefess who witnessed her kingdom's unwilling transformation from its own country into the territory of a foreign power. Normally $25 per student, HPU is covering this cost so you can learn about this major historical turning point of the Hawaiian islands. Wear comfortable clothing, footwear and sunblock. 

Rescheduled! Chinatown Art Walk

Saturday November 17, 2018

Meet in front of ATM at 3:00pm

This tour will guide students through the past, present, and future of Chinatown, providing them with a rare opportunity to experience Honolulu’s arts and cultural district. This walking tour will include interactive discussion about Chinatown’s private and public artwork, as well as the ongoing efforts to enliven its streets, artwork, and public spaces. Presented by Bryan Linares and Abbey Seitz. Wear comfortable clothing, footwear and sunblock. 

Tentative Events for Spring 2019

surf lessons


Experience the pastime that attracts people from thousands of miles away all over the globe to the best and most beautiful waves in the world! Details on transportation, location and signing up are coming soon!


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 2019 (date tbd)
This celebration is an exciting street party in the Chinatown district in Honolulu with lots of great food, fun activities, and amazing fireworks. Details on transportation, times and pick-up coming soon!


saturday, march 2, 2019
This fun and eye-opening trip gives you the chance to explore a historic piece of Honolulu. Details on times and transportation coming soon!

Contact the Office of First Year Experience!

Phone: 808-544-1116


Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813