Hawai‘i Spotlight

The Hawai’i Spotlight program provides opportunities for students to explore different parts of the island and learn about the Hawaiian culture and the community we live in. It focuses on the core values of the University: Aloha, Kuleana and Pono. Students will explore what each value means and identify ways to exemplify these values in their daily lives. These events are scheduled once per month.  

 Spring 2019 Events


‘Iolani Palace Tour

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11:00am-2:00pm

See where Hawaiian Kings and Queens lived and governed the islands on your very own personalized tour form HPU’s very own Dr. Douglas Askman. Take a journey with Dr. Askman of the Hawai‘i monarchy starting with the Kamehameha Dynasty until the last reigning monarch, Queen Liliu‘okalani.

‘Iolani Palace is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity, registered National Historic Landmark and the only official royal palace in the United States.
This guided tour will only take 15 students. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Sign up today!

The Hawai‘i Spotlight program provides opportunities for students to visit different parts of the island and learn about the Hawaiian culture and the community we live in. It focuses on the core values of the University: Aloha, Kuleana and Pono. Students may learn what each value means and identify ways to exemplify these values in their daily lives. These events are scheduled once per month.

‘Iolani Palace
364 South King Street
Honolulu,HI 96813

Closed toe shoes.
Bring a sense of ADVENTURE to the Palace!

Bus transportation will not be provided.
Lunch will be served on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace.

To reserve your spot you must complete the Hawai‘i Spotlight-‘Iolani Palace reservation form. Space is limited to the first 15 students, so sign up today!

 

Medicine Walk In Moanalua Valley

Saturday, February 23, 2018; 8:00am-12:00pm
Reservations will open in February.

Join us in this unique opportunity to help beautify Moanalua Valley and learn more about Native Hawaiian plants and its medicinal uses. 

Participants will have the opportunity to meet Roddy Kamawaelualani Kawehi Akau.  He is the great, great, grandnephew of Namakahelu Kapahikauao Kamehameha, Roddy Akau is the kahu (guardian) of Kamananui valley or otherwise know as Moanalua. His lineage can be traced back to the original inhabitants of Kamananui.  A cultural practitioner, Kahu Akau's knowledge of the mo'olelo (story), history and cultural sites of the valley is unparalleled. He is an advisor the Na Ala Hele O'ahu Advisory Council, Kahu Akau consults with Division of Forestry and Wildlife on issues related to Kamananui Valley. He visits Kamananui on a regular basis to monitor cultural sites, assess stream flows, evaluate native and invasive species, help visitors and hikers, and perform basic maintenance work. As a la'au lapa'au (healer/spiritual healer) Roddy will share his knowledge on the plants in Kamananui Valley.

Don’t forget we will get muddy! What does that mean? Bring an old towel, clothes (shorts and t-shirt), a water bottle, extra pair of shoes to change into and a hat.  Closed toe shoes are required!

Bring a sense of ADVENTURE!

Bus transportation is provided:

Pick up at Hawaii Loa Campus Shuttle Stop at 7:00am
Pick up at Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 7:30am

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

Lunch will be served at the site.

 

 

Past Hawai‘i Spotlight event include:

Jam Sesh with Kekoa Kane

Kekoa Kane taught participants a mele Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian song). He also share mana'o (information) about Hawaiian music and its history.

Kekoa Kane is an award-winning Hawaiian falsetto singer and ukulele player. He has been performing since he was 4 years old, has won multiple competitions, and is the recipient of multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards. As a member of the Mana Maoli Collective. Mana Maoli is the nonprofit that started Oahu's first charter school and continues to support 14 schools across the islands with its Mana Mele Project, which teaches students Academics, Business, and Culture (ABCs) though music and multimedia, via year-long classes, short to long term mentorships on and off campus, and a solar mobile studio. Kekoa is not only exceptionally talented, he's also a strong supporter of spreading the message of Hawaiian music.

 

Ulupō Lo‘i

Participants learned firsthand how Native Hawaiians cultivated kalo (taro) in the moku of Ko‘olaupoko (a land division).  It provided a unique opportunity to work in the mud and learn about the significance of this ancient staple.  
 

 

 To view past events please click here to visit the HPU Student Activities Facebook page.