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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Ānuenue Connection Program is working in partnership with UH Mānoa Alumni to host October events so that students and mentors may connect with other program participants.

The Ānuenue Connection Program seeks to support first-year students at UH Mānoa by pairing them with a UH Mānoa alumni, faculty or staff mentor volunteer. Mentors and students are encouraged to meet at least once a month so students can seek advice, counseling or just have a connection with someone familiar with UH Mānoa and what the campus can offer.

At the end of every academic year, nearly 30% of first-year students do not return for their second year at UH Mānoa. The Ānuenue Connection Program, formerly known as the Hānai Host Program, is geared towards improving the experiences of first-year students, regardless of major, and designed to support students who are from out of state and far from home; from the neighbor islands and may not be able to travel home easily; and those from Oʻahu who may find living at UH Mānoa to be a departure from their home environment. The program aims to increase the number of returning students by fostering the feelings of support and connection to the university ʻohana, as the first few weeks or months can be instrumental in retaining students for their entire collegiate education.

  • Workshop Wednesday: Mindful Way Through a Pandemic
    October 20, Noon–1 p.m, via Zoom
    This virtual workshop is open to student and mentor program participants to learn about the impact of the pandemic on peoples’ mental and emotional health, and learn strategies for coping with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in healthy ways using mindfulness. The workshop will be hosted by a staff member with the UH Mānoa Counseling & Student Development Center.
  • Mānoa Rocks Campus Scavenger Hunt
    October 23, 2021, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
    Venture on a scavenger hunt around the UH Mānoa campus, search for colorful rocks and meet new friends along the way. This event is free and open to Anuenue Connection Program participants.
  • Waikīkī Shoreline Walk
    October 27, 2021, 5:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
    Stroll along the Waikīkī Beach shoreline and learn about local fauna, flora and recreational opportunities in the area. This event is free and open to Anuenue Connection Program participants. Outdoor tour by Mary Roney, community programs coordinator at Waikīkī Aquarium.

The Ānuenue Connection Program is one of a number of opportunities for alumni to get involved with the UH Mānoa ʻohana.

Learn more at the UH Alumni website or email