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Invitation to the Hawaiian New Student Orientation

This past years Hawaiian New Student Orientation was a success. Over 200 new and incoming students and their guests joined us! There were so many good talks, resources, makana and break out sessions for haumāna to attend! Some of the highlights from HNSO 2018 were…
  • A beautiful keynote from Professor Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio from the Department of Political Science
  • Presentations from Professor Matt Medeiros and Professor Hailiʻōpua Baker
  • Presentations from Kanoe Pacheco and Kai Fonseca, current successful Hawaiian undergraduate students
  • A resource fair that allowed students to learn more about the different opportunities here on campus and in the community.
  • Panels of your undergraduate kaikuaʻana (older siblings) from housing, what classes to choose, STEM programs, UHM opportunities and more!
  • A fun & engaging campus tour that highlights Hawaiian places of interest and significance
  • Games and opportunities to win raffle prizes
  • FREE screen printing (Bring Your Own t-shirt/pillowcase/etc.)
  • FREE Hawaiian food for lunch
We sent out a survey to students that attended HNSO 2018 and some of the comments from the event were…
“Before the Hawaiian NSO, I was nervous about attending UHM, but afterwards I felt reassured that this is where i’m meant to be.”
“Prior to attending the Hawaiian NSO, I was a bit nervous as I was unsure if I would have friends to network with during the school year; luckily, after NSO, I had the chance to meet and exchange contact information with many different students. That being said, my feelings of anxiety mellowed out since I had the chance to make new friends and contacts.”
“I felt like I belonged on this campus, as part of the people it represents. I definitely gained a different perspective after the Hawaiian NSO, both culturally and academically, and it encourages me to go out and get to know some of the other Hawaiian students and attend the cultural events on campus.”
Ke aloha ʻāina,
Native Hawaiian Student Services
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