Students looking for a more casual and social atmosphere,
should look no further than the coffee houses found on almost
every street in Honolulu.
Java Kai, downstairs in the UB building, has a wide array of
pastries and local coffee blends to choose from at an HPU student
discount. Most of the seating is outdoors and may, however,
be too warm for an afternoon book session.
There is comfort in familiarity, thus there is always good
ole fashion Starbucks. One is just next door to Meader Library
Bishop Street. It can sometimes be nearly impossible to find
seating during prime studying hours in the evening, especially
at the Starbucks around downtown and Waikiki, but the “green
goddess” is hands down the favorite among college students.
The connected Starbucks and Jamaba Juice on the corner of Merchant
and Bishop are special “green goddess” temples.
There is a large seating area behind the counter of the Starbucks.
Not very many students know about it, but it can comfortably
fit about 20 people.
The Chinatown Gateway Park comes well recommended from students
living near HPU. The lush botanicals, streaming water fountains,
and towering trees bring a breath of fresh air to downtown
little park is an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle
of Honolulu,” said Chris Saiki, a senior journalism major
If class is done, or there is enough time between classes to
leave campus, there are lots of good spots between downtown
Coffee Talk, on Kaimuki Avenue, is an innovation coffee house
offering sandwiches, pastries, juices, and international coffee
blends. It has everything for the casual studier including
roomy seating, Internet access, and even weekend entertainment.
Borders Books Music and Café has become a Mecca for
college students especially during midterms and finals. Borders
offers a huge sandwich and soup selection to choose from as
well as their own coffee and tea blends.
For those who love nature and the outdoors, Ala Moana Beach
Park, Kapiolani Park, and Queens Beach are great places to
pop a squat
and delve into “Seeing the Big Picture—American Cultures
on Film.” Not to mention, parks are key spots to people
watch and meet a friend or two.
Sometimes nothing can beat the comfort of home. Not only is
there access to a computer, but seating is unlimited, no unexpected
interruption, and there is no dress code. Sometimes studying
can’t be accomplished at any place other than the bedroom.
The study spot does not matter, as long as it gets done, right?