Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. HPU is home to over 4,000 students from all 50 states and over 65 countries around the world. Our campuses are unique, with the excitement of an urban campus in downtown Honolulu and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific ocean. HPU prides itself on small class sizes, personalized attention for students, and hands-on education. HPU encourages engagement in the local community by providing a rich array of co-curricular activities that shine a spotlight on our unique cultural traditions, exquisite natural surroundings, and wondrous spirit of aloha. HPU offers competitive scholarships for international students.

Scholarships & funding

At HPU we understand that college is one of the most important investments you will make in life, which is why we would like to encourage you to see what aid may be available to you. HPU offers competitive merit, talent-based and athletic scholarships.

Please visit our website for more information about our scholarships.

Why study at Hawai'i Pacific University

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the largest private, non-profit university in the state of Hawai’i, USA. We are home to over 4,000 students from all 50 states and over 65 countries around the world. Our campuses are exquisitely unique. HPU combines the excitement of an urban campus located in downtown Honolulu with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of the Ko‘olau mountains and an Oceanic Institute bordering the Pacific Ocean. All three are less than a 30 minute drive from the infamous Waikiki.

Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, emphasizes on rigorous intellectual engagement and social responsibility. The hands-on learning approach in combination with small class sizes and an inspiring teaching faculty ensure that students get the most of their studies.

All that combined is what makes HPU a one-of-a-kind destination.

Hawai'i Pacific University is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

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Awards & Accreditations

The most diverse 4-year private nonprofit institution in the U.S.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac (2018)

WASC Senior College and University Commission

#1 College in Hawai‘i


Ranked for return on investment for Hawai‘i universities

payscale.com (2021)

#1 safest college in Hawai‘i


Student services & facilities

  • Career Development Center (Internships, On-campus jobs, OPT)
  • Center for Academic Success (Accessibility, Testing, Tutoring)
  • Campus recreation (gym, eSports arena, student activities, clubs and organisations, student government association)


HPU combines the excitement of an urban downtown campus with the serenity of a campus set in the green foothills of O’ahu’s Ko’olau mountains, and its aquaculture research facility, Oceanic Institute, borders the ocean.

HPU centralized campus is located in downtown Honolulu, the business and financial center of the Pacific. It feels like a charming college town, but is also steps away from the central business district, state capital, and local hospitals where students will experience hands-on learning and internship opportunities.

The Oceanic Institute (OI) of HPU has been a world leader in the advancement of sustainable aquaculture technologies and has contributed to a range of solutions to overcome current and emerging industry challenges. OI is located on a 56-acre site at Makapu‘u Point on the windward coast of O‘ahu. OI conducts research, education, and training that focuses on marine aquaculture, aquatic feeds and nutrition, and coastal resource management.

Student lifestyle

Extra and co-curricular activities are an essential part of an enriching campus life and HPU encourages students to get involved and participate in school events. Our Student Activity office provides leadership development opportunities and accommodates close to 50 clubs and organizations on-campus. It is our goal to take learning beyond the classroom and cultivate programs that lead to student success.

Campus Recreation office is excited to offer students, faculty and staff at Hawaii Pacific University many new and exciting opportunities to stay physically active. Whether its 24-hour access to the Hawaii Loa Fitness Center, intramural sports leagues/tournaments, sport club opportunities, outdoor recreational activities, fitness classes, or offering discounts throughout the Hawaii recreational community, Campus Recreation is promoting a fun and healthy balance to an academic life.


On-campus housing 

The Waterfront Lofts, HPU's on-campus housing facility, are part of the Aloha Tower Marketplace, a vibrant, mixed-use residential and commercial center designed to serve the Hawai'i community and HPU students.

  • The 370-bed residential community is located on the second and third floor of the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
  • The residences are comprised of single, double-, triple- and quad-occupancy bedroom options in a loft and studio units.
  • On the ground floor, students have access to HPU facilities including the Learning Commons, the eSports Arena, Pier Nine by Sam Choy, multi-purpose rooms, HPU offices such as the Welcome Center, Student Activities, First-Year Experience, Housing and Residence Life, Student Government Association, and Campus Activities Board; and various retail and dining options.
  • Living at the Waterfront Lofts also means easy access to many amenities, activities, and public transportation in downtown Honolulu.

Off-campus housing

Many students choose to find their own apartments and off-campus housing either before they arrive in Hawai'i, or after they arrive and have had a chance to become familiar with the local environment. The island of O'ahu offers many different living arrangements--from the fast-paced city lifestyle of Honolulu to the quiet beach town of Kailua.


Average rating 4.5

Based on 6 reviews.

Jessica Vince

Very happy with the campus. I had good courses just had the feeling some were too easy. But I think that’s the overall problem with the American school system. Not just HPU. There isn’t a lot of self-critical-thinking. The teacher says something, and that’s the fact. No space and time for reaching one owns opinions or conclusions. Great help...

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Kristine Wik

When I decided to move all the way from Norway to Hawaii to study Business Administration at Hawaii Pacific University I did know what to expect, except beautiful beaches. Now that I have been living here for more than 2 years and are now a senior I must say that the University has really gone beyond all my expectations. The professors here are ...

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Sara Adelbauer

I had the most rewarding time at HPU. Awesome and accepting, open-hearted students, supportive and competent professors (Britos, Quest, Tjarks), easy and welcoming atmosphere. And, of course, fun and creative but also nicely demanding classes that helped me realize what I really wanted in my future life - and also taught me all the abilities I n...

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Hawai'i Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
96813 Honolulu Hawaii
United States of America

School rating
Based on 6 reviews.