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The island of Oahu is also known as the City and County of Honolulu. TheBus is the City and County's affordable and convenient public transportation system. HPU's Downtown and Windward campuses are easily accessible by TheBus. The downtown campus is located among major bus corridors offering frequent bus service to all areas of the island; the Hawai'i Loa campus bus stops are located on Kamehameha Highway and Pali Highway.

The UPass is a reduced rate student bus pass sticker placed on your HPU ID card. All full-time undergraduate and graduate students taking classes on the downtown and/or HLC campuses will be assessed a Transportation Fee (UPass) each semester and entitles students to one UPass. Students who are not charged the Transportation Fee (UPass) may purchase a regular UPass at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at ATM. For more information, see additional information on this page below.

The shuttle provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff between the Hawaii Loa and downtwown campuses. The shuttle departs from the Hawaii Loa campus at the shuttle stop shelter and from the downtown campus at the corner of Beretania and Fort Street (in front of Kukui Plaza).

When boarding the shuttle from either shuttle stop, please be sure to board in numerical seating order as posted on the benches to ensure that the persons who arrived first to the shuttle stop are seated first. Please be ready to show the driver your HPU identification upon boarding. Upon seating, we recommend you fasten your seatbelt.

HAWAII LOA CAMPUS

Students may purchase a Hawai’i Loa campus decal from the Hawaii Loa Bookstore: $200.00 for vehicles, $50.00 for motorcycles, and $25.00 for mopeds per semester. Students will be required to complete a Student Vehicle Parking Registration form. Students who do not purchase a parking decal have the following options: (a) 10-day Parking Discount Punch Card for $60.00. Parking Punch cards may be purchased at the Hawaii Loa Bookstore. Punch cards do not provide overnight parking privileges; (b) A daily parking fee of $8.00 per visit per vehicle and $4.00 per visit per motorcycle and moped.

Visitor parking fees will be collected for University authorized events such as athletic events, lawn events, or Residence Life guests. Visitor Parking fees are $5.00 for vehicles and $3.00 for motorcycles and mopeds. 

 

ALOHA TOWER

Students are not authorized to park vehicles at the Aloha Tower.  Students may park motorcycles at Irwin Park during normal operating hours. Students may park their mopeds 24 hours a day at Irwin Park, however, it is not a secure lot. To park motorcycles or mopeds at Irwin Park, you will be required to complete a Student Vehicle Parking Registration form and purchase an HPU Motorcycle and Moped decal at the Bookstore.  The cost of this decal is $50.00 per semester. There is no overnight parking of motorcycles at Aloha Tower or Irwin Park.  Mopeds may be parked overnight in this lot, however, it is not a secure lot.

For students that desire secured moped parking, the University has a small secure moped parking area under the Aloha Tower Campus Eva Pavilion. This area has the capacity of serving approximately 20 mopeds.  Parking for this area is under camera surveillance and authorized students will have access to the locked gate via their student ID at the gate prox card reader. The parking fee for this secure parking area is $25.00 per semester in addition to the cost of the parking decal. Motorcycles are not authorized to use this area. As above, the students purchasing parking in this area will be required to complete a Student Vehicle Parking Registration form, sign a copy of the terms and conditions for use of this space, and register their moped for $10.00 per semester.  Students should purchase their motorcycle/moped decal at the Bookstore before completing this process at the AT Campus Security Center (located near Security Gate 1, Diamond Head of the Aloha Tower.) 

 

DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

Hawai'i Pacific University does not provide an institutionally-owned parking garage or parking lot in downtown Honolulu for the use of its students or visitors. Parking, for a charge, is available in private and municipal parking garages and parking lots. Metered on-street parking is available on certain streets during the day, in off-hours, and on weekends. All parking is within close walking distance to the downtown campus. Parkopedia is an independent online service that provides parking information.

In order to support and encourage our students and employees to carpool, we’re pleased to launch a new dedicated ridesharing solution designed to help you find commuting partners who work or study at Hawai`i Pacific University. HPU GreenRide is a ridesharing system for use only by Hawai`i Pacific University employees and students. Register today using your HPU e-mail account to find a carpool partner or a walking, biking or transit buddy. Fully secure, it will help you find ridesharing partners who work or study at HPU.

With HPU GreenRide you can:

  • Find partners for carpooling, biking, busing, and walking to any of HPU’s campuses.
  • Find carpool partners for single trips (Live in Waikiki and want to go to the North Shore?).
  • Log all of your commutes to realize emissions savings, cost savings, and health benefits of your transportation decisions.

To sign up, simply go to the HPU GreenRide website at http://www.hpugreenride.com, and use your HPU email address (@hpu.edu or @my.hpu.edu) to register.

UPass and Transportation Fee

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time and who take classes at the Hawaii Loa and/or Downtown campus are charged the Transportation Fee (UPass) via their student account. The Transportation Fee (UPass) is a mandatory fee like the Student Activity Fee and Technology Fee which help provide activities and services for HPU students. The Transporation Fee (UPass) is $75 each fall and spring semesters during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. Students who are assessed the Transportation Fee (UPass) can pick up a UPass (discounted bus pass) which is a decal that is affixed to the HPU student ID. The UPass entitles the student to unlimited use of the TheBus (Oahu’s public transportation system) at a fraction of the cost for the whole semester, a savings of more than 80% over the regular rate! 

History of the Transportation Fee:

During the spring 2015 semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) surveyed more than 750 students regarding a new transportation fee and proposed UPass program (discounted student bus pass program). After reviewing the student feedback, SGA recommended to university administrators to create a transportation fee and pursue an agreement with TheBus to provide the UPass program to full-time students who take classes on the Hawaii Loa and Downtown campuses. In light of Honolulu’s traffic challenges and increasing personal vehicle costs, your SGA agreed that this initiative is in line with their effort to provide an affordable and low-cost transportation alternative.

If you have questions about the Transportation Fee (UPass), email studentlife@hpu.edu, or call 808-544-0277. 

Pick Up fALL 2017 UPasses:

The Fall 2017 UPass is available for pick up from the Student Life office (at ATM, next to the Security Office) as outlined below. Due to limited staffing, these UPass distribution dates and times will be strictly enforced. In order to serve students efficiently, please pick up your UPass according to this schedule. 

Students must have the Fall 2017 sticker on the back of their HPU ID in order to receive their UPass. Normally these stickers are issued by the Registrar's Office (UB 2nd floor), however, these stickers will be available at the same time students pick up their UPass.

Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 22:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - 9am-12pm and 1-4pm 

Wednesdays - 9am-12pm only

Fridays - No Distribution

*The above dates EXCLUDE weekends and university holidays.

**Students may email studentlife@hpu.edu to make an appointment to pick the UPass outside of these dates/times.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Transportation Fee (UPass) and who does it affect?

Can Financial Aid be used to pay for the Transportation Fee (UPass)?

Do VA benefits cover this fee?

How many months does the UPass cover? From when to when?

Is there a student population excluded from this fee?

Can I opt out?

Were students asked about this fee?

Why do I have to pay if I drive a car or have my own means of transportation?

I will not use my UPass, may I sell it or give it to a friend?

Where do I get the UPass?

What about part-time students? 

What if I lose my HPU ID and UPass?

Can I get a refund if I don’t pick up my UPass?

Can I get a refund if my registration status changes?

What is the Transportation Fee (UPass) and who does it affect?

The Transportation Fee (UPass) is a mandatory fee charged to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students taking classes on the Downtown and/or Hawaii Loa campuses each semester. The fee is $75 per semester (fall and spring only) during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years. The fee enables the student to participate in the university student bus pass program offered by TheBus, the City and County of Honolulu’s public transportation system. The student can pickup their UPass at the beginning of each semester. The UPass, which is a sticker that is attached to the student’s validated HPU ID card, allows the student unlimited use of TheBus during the designated use period. -Return to FAQ list-

Can Financial Aid be used to pay for the Transportation Fee (UPass)?

Federal financial aid may be used toward payment of the Transportation Fee (UPass). A student must have sufficient funds available to cover tuition and fees first, and also authorize the use of their aid toward non-institutional charges, such as the Transportation Fee (UPass). For questions about your individual award, contact the Financial Aid Office. -Return to FAQ list-

Do VA benefits cover this fee?

The Transportation Fee (UPass) is generally covered by VA benefits. Contact the Veterans Center for details, va@hpu.edu-Return to FAQ list-

How many months does the UPass cover? From when to when?

The fall semester UPass is valid from August 1 - January 15 and the spring semester UPass is valid from January 1 - May 31. During the summer terms, the fee is not assessed. Regular bus passes for students can be purchased at the HPU Bookstore. More information on the current rates for regular optional UPass purchases can be found on TheBus UPass webpage.  -Return to FAQ list-

Is there a student population excluded from this fee?

The student population excluded from this fee are the Military Campus Program students who take classes located solely on a military campus site. -Return to FAQ list-

Can I opt out?

Students who live off-island and take classes exclusively online or possess another valid bus pass (i.e. students with disabilities, senior citizens, etc.) may submit a waiver to request a refund of the Transportation Fee (UPass).  Click here to download the Transportation Fee (UPass) Waiver Request Form. Waivers must be submitted by September 15th for the fall semester and February 9th for the spring semester. Waivers will be reviewed and processed accordingly AFTER these dates. Waivers can be emailed to studentlife@hpu.edu or faxed to 808-566-2441. Students will be notified if their waiver request has been aapproved or denied via email. -Return to FAQ list-

Were students asked about this fee?

The Student Government Association conducted a school-wide survey on both campuses in fall of 2014. This survey was conducted over eight days and more than 750 students responded. The results from this survey showed that 76% of the respondents supported the implementation of the fee; 55% of these respondents noted that TheBus was their main form of transportation, with an additional 23% noting that they used TheBus at least one to two days a week. Based on this information, the Student Government Association determined that it was to the benefit of the student body to support the proposal. -Return to FAQ list-

Why do I have to pay if I drive a car or have my own means of transportation?

The UPass program is designed to increase ridership and help alleviate traffic by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. This program is in line with University sustainability initiatives and SGA’s effort to provide an affordable and low-cost alternative to transportation. -Return to FAQ list-

I will not use my UPass, may I sell it or give it to a friend?

Each UPass has a unique identifying code that is assigned to an individual student and linked to that student's HPU account. The Transportation Fee (UPass) is non-refundable. The UPass is non-transferable and cannot be sold or given to someone else, reproduced, covered, or altered in any way. These actions are considered violations of the HPU’s Code of Student Conduct. Suspected violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for investigation and adjudication. -Return to FAQ list-

Where do I get the UPass?

See schedule at the top of this page for up to date pick up information. Students may contact Student Life with any questions they may have, studentlife@hpu.edu.  -Return to FAQ list-

What about part-time students? 

Part-time students may purchase a regular or optional UPass at the HPU Bookstore for a higher (though still-discounted) rate. For more information on the regular UPass which is available to part-time students, visit  TheBus UPass webpage. -Return to FAQ list-

What if I lose my HPU ID and UPass?

Students pay a replacement ID fee of $25 to receive a new HPU ID. Visit the Registrar webpage for more information. Students can then pick up a replacement UPass at the Student Life office by appointment or during regular pickup times. A replacement Transportation Fee (UPass) of $75 will be charged to the student's HPU account accordingly. -Return to FAQ list-

Can I get a refund if I don’t pick up my UPass?

The Transportation Fee (UPAss) is a mandatory and non-refundable fee. UPasses that are not picked up by the expiration date each semester will be returned to TheBus. -Return to FAQ list-

Can I get a refund if my registration status changes after I receive my UPass?

Once a student picks up the UPass, the fee cannot be refunded, even if the student goes from full-time to part-time or drops all downtown/HLC classes. Return to FAQ list-