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Overall, my experience at HPU has been positive. Classes are interesting, professors are generally very good, the other students are friendly, and Hawaii is a fun place to live. Most classes are taught by professors rather than TAs. Class sizes are small (around 15 students) so it is easy to meet people and get to know the professors. The windward campus is extremely beautiful, quiet and boring. It is nice for studying or sitting and looking at the mountains, but there isn't much there (just a cafeteria, some vending machines and a small coffee shop). You need to leave campus to have much of a social life. The bus system is pretty good, but access to a car will make your life way more exciting. I also recommend making some friends and taking some long weekend trips to the other islands. The downtown campus is "urban" in both the good and the bad sense of the term. There are lots of great restaurants and cafes to choose from on Fort Street Mall or in Chinatown a few blocks away. There are also homeless people wandering around. Some students find them to be scary but I think they are mostly harmless. The crime rate in Hawaii is actually very low. Compared to L.A., Atlanta or Chicago, Honolulu is a land of peace and safety. The traffic can be surprisingly bad, however. So, there are both good and bad things about the school and the area. If you like small classes, don't mind meeting people from other cultures (Europe and Asia), like the ocean and hiking in the mountains, HPU is a great place to get an education.
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