University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

Student Life

The University of Hawai?i – West O?ahu promotes an environment where students can achieve their educational goals through academic offerings and campus life opportunities. Through academics and campus life activities, students are encouraged to grow as individuals and are empowered to embrace learning and civic engagement.

UH West O?ahu maintains an Office of Student Life, which is a go-to center for student activities, involvement, and leadership opportunities. ?The Office coordinates events, including the Community and Club Involvement Fair that invites community organizations and businesses as well as student organizations and clubs to engage students. ?It also hosts Monthly Munchies where students can mix while enjoying free coffee or tea, snacks and other goodies.

The Office of Student Life recognizes the importance of connecting, engaging and supporting students through the semester. ?It also assists with signature student-led events — Fall Fest and West Fest — which are one-day festivals that celebrate the University and most importantly, students.

Student Leadership Awards

The Office of Student Life also coordinates the Pueo Awards that recognize leadership and contributions to the campus and other students. This includes:

  • The Student Service and Leadership Distinction Award for students who served the needs of other students and demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Download the application here (PDF).
  • The Emerging Leadership Award recognizes students demonstrating many of the same characteristics as those receiving the Student Services and Leadership Distinction Award, but can only be given to sophomores and juniors. Download the application here (PDF).
  • Student leader awards for graduating students who served in a leadership capacity with a student organization. If you are graduating in Fall 2018, email Rouel Velasco at