Parents and Families

Parents and Families

In Hawaii, you will hear the term OHANA used a lot. In a literal sense, it means family. As the parent or family member of an HPU student, we want to make sure you know that you are part of the HPU Ohana as well. 

We know what a vital role you have played in supporting your students during their journey to college. You have been their biggest cheerleaders during each step, and have served as their greatest challenges to make sure they are growing and developing as young adults. This doesn't change just because your student has turned 18, moved away from home, or hit any other important life event. You are going to continue to play a large role in your student's success, and we want to help!

Our hope is that this page can provide resources for you during the course of your student's time at HPU to help you to feel both confident and informed. Studies show that parent involvement enhances a student’s overall collegiate experience, and we want to make sure you have the proper information and tools to support them as they begin establishing their independence. 

Again, welcome to the HPU Ohana, and please do reach out to us if you have any issues or concerns.

Ways to Get Involved

Purchase a Care-Pak for your student! This is a great way to send a little boost to show you're thinking of them. Types of Care Paks are birthday, Halloween, Valentine's Day, HPU swag, Hawaiian goodies, finals encouragement, a get-well-soon pack, and more! Prices range from $15-$45 and are available at various points throughout the year.

You can visit the Care-Pak page to get more information or purchase a Care-Pak for your student.

This is the most timely way we will be sharing information with new students, parents and family members. Make sure you follow us to keep in-the-know!

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Aloha is the perfect word to encompass the many emotions students and families experience during the transition to college. The first few weeks can be especially difficult for first time students. They are adjusting to a new environment, developing new relationships, and many are on their own for the first time. 

Offer your student aloha and encouragement during this transitional period by writing them Letters of Aloha. Your letter can serve as a great way to say the things you would like to tell your student but find it too difficult among the chaos of transitioning to college.

An opportunity to write a letter will be provided during Fall Parent and Family Orientation. If you will not be joining your student that week, please feel free to send us a letter and we will be happy to include it with the letters collected.

In order to ensure all letters make it to the appropriate student, be sure to include your student’s full name and middle initial, as well as their student ID number. Letters can be e-mailed or sent via US Mail to the address below. 

Aloha and happy writing!


Mailing address:

Hawai'i Pacific University

Student Life Office
c/o: Student's Full Name, HPU ID Number
1 Aloha Tower Marketplace, Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI 96813

All parents of registered students will receive the Ohana Newsletter during their student's first year via email. This is where we go over past events, noteworthy highlights, and upcoming events we feel your student would benefit from. Keep an eye on your inbox for peeks into the happenings at HPU!

Contact the Office of First Year Programs!

Phone: 808-544-0277


Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813