Hawai‘i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.
Hawai‘i Pacific will be consistently ranked among the United States’ top 10 Western, independent, comprehensive universities, leveraging its geographic position between the Western and Eastern hemispheres and its relationships around the Pacific Rim to deliver an educational experience that is distinct among American campuses.
The faculty, staff, students and overall university community of Hawai‘i Pacific embrace the following values as representative of the spiritual, ethical and philosophical principles that support our community as well as of the aspirational ideals to which we collectively aspire.
Expressed both in Hawaiian and English, they are as follows:
PONO, meaning righteous, honest and moral and an energy of necessity. Within the Hawai‘i Pacific University community, it also stands for truth and ethics, trust and respect, civility, transparency, gratitude, acceptance and purposefulness.
Kuleana, meaning responsibility and rights and concern for all interests, property and people. Within the Hawai‘i Pacific University community, it also stands for sustainability, student focused, value added, academic rigor, state of the art, stewardship and shared governance.
Aloha, meaning hello, goodbye, love, kindness and grace, unity, humility, patience and waiting for the right moment. Within the Hawai‘i Pacific University community, it also stands for shared future/goals, collaboration, decisive, disciplined, culture of accomplishment and valuing university communities.