On a nightly basis during the regular spring
and fall semesters, five security guards are on duty at the
downtown campus, according to Rick Murray, HPU’s security
coordinator. A security guard controlling unauthorized entry
is posted in front of 1188 Fort Street, the Model Progress
Building, and 1166, the FS Building. A second guard is posted
in front of the Fort Street Mall entrance of the Frear Center
(1132 Bishop St.) A third guard performs the same duty in the
lobby of the library at 1060 Bishop St. A guard is also posted
at the Kukui Plaza at 55 S. Kukui St. near the HPU shuttle
stop to maintain security in that area.
In addition, there is a “roving” security guard,
who, according to Murray, patrols the entire downtown campus,
including all of the interior floors of the Finance Factors Center
at 1164 Bishop St. (UB Building), the MP Building, the FS building,
and the library.
All five security guards are in radio contact with one another
and are ready to assist each other as needed. According to security
guard, Jim Yelton, guards on duty do not carry weapons and do
not have the ability to apprehend individuals. In the event of
an emergency, they call the police.
We’re not police officers. We just make sure all the doors
are locked and make sure that no one is bothering the students,” said
For the benefit of HPU students and faculty, three of the security
guards are available to escort individuals to their vehicles:
the Kukui Plaza guard, the “rover,” and the Frear
Center guard, in that order.
It would be helpful to Security if escorts are requested in
groups rather than individually, as suggested by Murray.
HPU students and faculty can request security escorts either
by calling Security at 753-7304 or by using the emergency boxes
located on the bottom floors of the MP Building and the FS
Building. By pushing a button and speaking into an emergency
are in direct contact with all guards on duty simultaneously.
The emergency boxes can also be used to report any concern
or emergency situation on campus.
The security guards work overlapping shifts. During the spring
and fall semesters, three of the five guards are on duty until
10 p.m. Security has abbreviated hours during the summer and
winter sessions. Because the library closes at an earlier time
during summer and winter semesters, the guard posted there
is off duty at 6 p.m. Also, HPU’s shuttle finishes running
at 5:30 p.m., so the Kukui Plaza guard finishes at 6 p.m. as
well. However, there is still one security guard on duty until
10 p.m. during summer and winter sessions, according to Murray.
Senior TIM/human resource management student Yumi Bracy understands
that maintaining security in a public area has its challenges. “Our
Security [at night] is pretty good because it controls the homeless
in the area, but I would feel safer if there were more guards.”