University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

First-Year Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

Welcoming first-year first-time students to their new campus involves three parts, an Online ‘Ike session covering registration and academic requirements, Po‘okela sessions and Lā Pūnua. You are strongly encouraged to participate in all three events prior to your first day of class.

Freshmen ‘Ike - Build your Online Knowledge

First-year students are required to participate in an online ‘Ike session consisting of a number of modules, designed to help students understand and navigate the STAR GPS Registration system, Graduation and Program Requirements as well as advising tips on selecting classes. Participating in this online ‘Ike session will also allow students to get a registration pin number that will allow them to register for classes early.

Begin your online ‘Ike session today!

First-Year Po‘okela - Build your Success Team

Po‘okela sessions give first-year students the opportunity to meet key individuals who will contribute to their first year experience as well as meet with an advisor and peer leaders to envision their success. ʻOhana (family) sessions will also be available during Po‘okela sessions.

  • Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Po‘okela sessions will be conducted virtually.
  • If you previously registered for an in-person Po’okela and ‘Ohana orientation, your registration will be cancelled and we ask that you register for a new virtual session below.
  • Participating in this virtual event automatically registers you for La Pūnua Orientation Day, scheduled for Frday, August 14.

To participate in a Po‘okela session, students must also complete the following:

  1. Complete Placement Tests
  2. Submit your Health Clearances
  3. Set-up your UH account to register for classes

Our new virtual Po’okela and ‘Ohana orientation dates and times are as follows:

Dates Poʻokela Session Times ‘Ohana Session Times
Thursday, July 2 10:00am-11:30am 12:30pm-2:00pm
Friday, July 10 2:00pm-3:30pm 4:30pm-6:00pm
Friday, July 17 10:00am-11:30am 12:30pm-2:00pm
Friday, July 24 2:00pm-3:30pm 4:30pm-6:00pm
Friday, July 31 10:00am-11:30am 12:30pm-2:00pm
Friday, August 7 10:00am-11:30am 12:30pm-2:00pm

Register for a virtual Po’okela session

‘Ohana - Join the Family

Lā Pūnua

First-year students should attend Lā Pūnua to increase their familiarity with the campus ‘ohana community including meeting divisional faculty. This event allows first-year students to learn more about the services, programs and people committed to supporting their journey towards graduation. PUEO mentors and classmates/peers will also be in attendance. Lā Pūnua takes place at the UH West O‘ahu campus on Friday, August 14, 2020.

You are automatically registered for Lā Pūnua when you register for a Po‘okela Session.


SOAR programs, advisors are available at the Student Services Office in Campus Center. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please submit your Intent to Enroll and contact the Advising Office.

View more information about our services on our Advising website. To participate in advising, new students must also complete the following:

Location: Campus Center, 2nd Floor, C236
Phone: (808) 689–2689
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