HPU | ‘Ohana Weekend

‘Ohana Weekend 2023

‘Ohana Weekend 2023
October 6 - 8
In-Person or Virtual

Come join your HPU student on campus and get a taste of the full Shark experience this 'Ohana Weekend! Cultural activities, historical tours, and fun food events, such as Tacos & Trivia and a special Sunday Brunch Cooking Demonstration by Sam Choy, a James Beard award winning chef, should make this an exciting reunion weekend. We hope to see you there!

Virtual interactive sessions provide opportunities for 'Ohana members to participate from home.

Got questions? Email us at provost@hpu.edu.



FRIDAY – October 6, 2023

Tacos & Trivia

$15 (+fee)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sharky’s Cove, Aloha Tower Marketplace

Flex your trivia knowledge and enjoy some tacos with your student in Sharky's Cove to kick off 'Ohana Weekend! Free for HPU Students.

SATURDAY – October 7, 2023

*Special Event: Molokai Day Trip*

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

$500.00 (+fee)

Sales end on Sep 25, 2023

Back by popular demand! Join Dr. Mark Rosenbaum, HPU Business Dean, on a special day-long trip to the island of Molokai. The tour will be provided by Molokai Day Tours and will include plane fare to and from Molokai from Honolulu Airport. Molokai is known for its magnificent cliffs and for Kalaupapa National Historical Park, which is an isolated former leper colony below the towering cliffs. Cost does not include transportation to and from Honolulu Airport. Registrations must be finalized by September 25, and no refunds will be issued after this date. Follow-up details will be sent to registrants once the tour is confirmed.

USS Missouri/Pearl Harbor Tour with Prof. Jon Davidann

$30 (+fee)

9:00 AM - Noon

Depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 9:00AM


Join Prof. Davidann, Professor of History and expert on U.S.-Japanese relations, for a tour of the USS Missouri at Hawaii's historic Pearl Harbor memorial site.

Kaka'ako Street Art Mural Tour


2-5 PM

Meet at the Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 2:00 PM


Join Dr. Adam Burke, Associate Professor of Anthropology, for a walking tour of the vibrant street art murals located in the Kaka'ako neighborhood adjacent to HPU's Waterfront Campus location. Learn about local street artists and the cultural influences represented in their designs. Be sure to bring your camera to take pics for your Instagram page!

SUNDAY – October 8, 2023

Morning Hike on Makapu'u Point Trail

6:30 – 9:30 AM


Depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 6:30 AM


Join HPU CFO Dave Kostecki and VP of Marketing Jeff Rich for a beautiful morning walk on the Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, which offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird.

Pier 9 Brunch with Chef Sam Choy

$20 (+fee)

10AM – Noon

Pier 9 Dining Room at Aloha Tower Marketplace


Enjoy a cooking demonstration by James Beard award winning Chef Sam Choy and sample special recipes customized for 'Ohana Weekend. Please note that students with meal plans do not need a ticket.

Geology Highlights Tour with Prof. Dave Field


1PM - 5PM

Depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace Shuttle Stop at 1:00 PM


Join HPU Prof. Dave Field on a tour around Oahu as he explains the geologic forces that make our island so beautiful. Be sure to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities to snap the perfect pic for Instagram!


Saturday - October 7, 2023

Practice = Persistence, with Dr. Joseph Barnett

8:30 – 9:15 AM HST

Virtual via Zoom


Just like when students were young, students must practice doing things for themselves in order to function independently. College is no different! At HPU, we have modified the proverb of "practice makes perfect" to "practice produces persistence," which explains why students who complete their education at HPU are poised for personal and professional success. In this virtual session led by Dr. Joseph Barnett, Director for the Center for Academic Success, you will learn about the different developmental stages of adult learning that are intended to build persistence, resilience, and confidence. Zoom information will be shared with registrants prior to the session.

Ask the HPU Provost, with Dr. Jennifer Walsh

9:30 – 10:15 AM HST

Virtual via Zoom


College today can be bewildering for all learners -- undergraduate and graduate -- so you probably have questions! With more than 30 years of higher education experience, HPU Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer Walsh will be standing by, ready to answer them. 'Ohana of all students (undergraduate and graduate) are welcome to attend this informative session. Zoom information will be shared with registrants prior to the session.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Communicating with your Young Adult, with HPU Chaplain Diann Colburn

8:30 – 9:15 AM HST

Virtual via Zoom


As relationships evolve, they require new forms of communication to stay healthy. This is especially true for parents of young adults who are experiencing uncertainty about how to navigate this new season. In this interactive session, “Communicating with your Young Adult: the Daily, the Difficult, and the Dreams,” HPU Chaplain Diann Colburn will share aspects of communication styles and topics most commonly found in the transitioning parent-child relationship.

How our Brains Learn, with Prof. James Lawrence

9:30 – 10:15 AM HST

Virtual via Zoom


At this time of the semester, students often feel as though they couldn't possibly cram any more information into their tired brains. Thankfully, HPU Neuroscience faculty, Prof. James Lawrence, has the solution! Learn how our brains learn and how you can help your student to stay mentally and academically fit. (Students of all ages are welcome to join this session, too.) Zoom information will be shared with registrants prior to the session.