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. Don’t forget your Student ID, which will allow you certain University privileges and benefits.

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.

Visit this page in mid-November to access your online ‘Ike session.

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 their mentor to envision their success.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Po‘okela sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom. After you register for a Poʻokela session, a Google Calendar invite with the link to access your Po’okela session will be sent to your UH email address.

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

  1. Complete Placement Tests (if applicable0
  2. Submit your Health Clearances
  3. Set-up your UH account to register for classes

Virtual Po’okela Session Dates:
Friday, November 30, 2020 (4:30pm-6:00pm)
Friday, December 4, 2020 (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Register for a Poʻokela 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.

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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