Boxer 'Ohana

"`ohana: family. This does not exclusively pertain to blood relations. In Hawaiian culture there are several layers of family. There is a strong sense of community among the people." (fr.




Pacific University is a welcoming and diverse learning community dedicated to creating personal learning opportunities for our students. Though our campuses are in Oregon, we have shared a close relationship with Hawai‘i for several decades. About one in five of our incoming freshman students are from Hawai‘i, and more than 6 percent of our nearly 22,000 alumni live in Hawai‘i. Our students and alumni — and their families — are all part of our Boxer 'ohana.


The most visible aspect of this relationship is obvious in the Nā Haumāna O Hawai‘i student club and its annual lu’au, which is a combined effort of countless students, families and friends.


In January 2013, we took that relationship a step farther by opening our office in Honolulu. With a dedicated location and staff in Hawai‘i, our 'ohana grows by connecting with and supporting even more prospective and current students, family, friends and alumni.


Ohana News


Dr. Kellen Kashiwa '08, '11 Opens New ENGINE Sports Lab

Specializing in sports vision and low vision rehabilitation, Dr. Kellen Kashiwa and the Retina Institute of Hawaii is opening a new Enginge Sports Lab featuring the Nike SPARQ Sensory Station and Nike Strobe eyewear.  Engine will begin officially September 1st.


Ryan Nakagawa '10 Among Hawai'i's "Forty Under 40" Business Leaders

The alumnus from Honolulu is named by Pacific Business News as one of the state's brightest young business leaders.