2017 NASPA Western Regional Conference

November 04 - November 07, 2017
Island of Oʻahu; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


In November 2017, our NASPA Western Regional Conference will be hosted in Hawaiʻi, on the island of Oʻahu, in the city of Honolulu, in the area known as Waikīkī.  We are privileged to come together in the home of the Kanaka Maoli, Hawaiʻi’s indigenous people, in the most isolated set of islands on the planet, at the largest Hilton property in the world, to gather under the conference theme “Currents.” We look forward to seeing you there!

Aloha mai kākou! Welcome NASPA Region V and VI colleagues:

We are honored to host the Western Regional Conference 2017 in Hawaiʻi. The conference is being held on the island of Oʻahu, the city of Honolulu, the area of Waikīkī, and the ahupaʻa (traditional Hawaiian land division) of Kālia. Hawaiʻi’s spirit of honoring people, place, ancestry, and coming together, reflects both the vision and theme of this year’s conference: Currents. In indigenous cultures, the oceans unite us; they do not divide us. Thus, we invite you to travel to the most isolated set of islands in the world for our NASPA Western Regional Conference 2017. We will gather to reflect on our past, examine our current world, and endeavor to build an even brighter future together. Join us as we celebrate the goodness of our calling, work to transform our communities, and cultivate environments of collaboration and partnership. We look forward to our time together.

Dr. Berenecea Eanes

Region VI Director

Dr. Scott McAward

Region V Director

Dr. Lori M. Ideta

Conference Chair

Rather than dividing us, the oceans unite us

The currents connect

The currents go in. The currents go out. Reciprocity

The currents flow. They are not static

Movement. Social movements. Political Movements

Currents rise; Currents fall; like the tide. Always moving

Making waves

Processess. Journeys


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Presented By

Region VI
Region V


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Student Affairs Professionals

Important Dates
  • May 01, 2017: Conference Registration Opens


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Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Most pre-conferences will run from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 4 and 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 5. Please visit the pre-conference webpages for more information.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Would you like to meet other NUFP Fellows from across the Western regions? Does participating in a two-day institute aimed at developing your professional skills, widening your network, and preparing you for a career in student affairs sound enticing? If so, the WRC NUFP Institute provides the unique opportunity to learn from and network with peers, current graduate students, and student affairs administrators.

Institute Chair:

Jen Pagala Barnett

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Graduate Students Institute (GSI)

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The GSI will help bridge your past, present and future through a look at professional branding, navigating the job hunt, maintaining balance as a graduate student, plus how to build effective networks and effectively use them! We know you have a million things to do (and that is just your reading assignment), so we want to make your time worthwhile by putting you in contact with key players in student affairs, helping you connect with others, and creating a professional identity that will serve you far into your future career. We promise you this is a pre-conference institute session you will not want to miss!

Institute Chair:

Kandy Mink Salas
Azusa Pacific

New Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The external pressures facing higher education include greater accountability, tuition sensitivity, unfunded mandates, and changing student demographics, and most institutions have fewer discretionary resources to meet these shifting and expanding needs. Student Affairs divisions have a valuable role in shaping the future of their institutions. As new professionals, you have the closest understanding of the challenges facing students, and you are uniquely positioned to help your organizations innovate and evolve. In this institute, you will be invited to learn about innovation in Student Affairs and to apply an innovation lens to understanding and influencing institutional culture, supervision, orientation to work, ethics and professionalism, and effective relationship building.

Institute Chair:

Dyrell Foster
Moreno Valley College

Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Mid-level professionals can be some of the most influential forces of change in a college community. In pivotal positions sustaining and serving students directly while simultaneously a critical source of "boots on the ground" information for senior administration. The Mid-Level Institute provides a focused curriculum as well as a valuable networking opportunity. This curriculum is for those with at least five years of experience as a full-time professional and who are currently responsible for the direction and oversight of one or more functions and supervise one or more professional staff.

Institute Chair:

Jan Javinar
University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu

Dean of Students and Assistant/Associate Vice President (DOS/AVP) Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Dean of Students and Assistant/Associate Vice President (DOS/AVP) Institute will explore those contemporary issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration which most impact the success of AVPs and deans; rewards, challenges, and strategies associated with managing work obligations between the Senior Student Affairs Officer and direct reports; navigating campus politics; leveraging the leadership opportunities the AVP/dean role can afford; and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Institute Chair:

Anna Gonzalez
Lewis and Clark

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The SSAO Institute is a two-day opportunity for the highest-ranking student affairs officer to be inspired during one of the most tumultuous times in higher education. Along with our committee members, we designed a program that features a panel of stakeholders who will serve as both mirror to who we are and what we do as well as offer their expert advice on how to be best at our roles at our various campuses. As leaders responsible for a transformational experience for all students and at the same time providing expertise on emerging trends and issues related to governmental mandates, this institute provides us the space to share our most current challenges and success. We want the SSAOs to see this as a special opportunity for real talk about real issues.

Institute Chair:

Peg Blake
Humboldt State

Research Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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What does it mean to be a student affairs scholar-practitioner? How do we engage the "scholar" part of our identities with our already full schedules? Student affairs scholar-practitioners play a vital role in the development of higher education theory and practice. You'll have the opportunity to share your research interests with fellow scholar-practitioners, set your research goals, discover strategies to integrate research into your work, and learn about innovative ways to create and circulate your research. The institute will also feature keynote scholar-practitioners who will share their insights into successfully engaging in research. In addition, accountability plans will be set in motion during the Institute, so you will meet your own research productivity goals over the coming years!

Institute Chair:

Shannon Ellis
University of Nevada


Bronze Level
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • Meet Hawaiʻi


Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
Honolulu, HI

A block of rooms have been reserved for October 31, 2017 - November 10, 2017. The special room rate of $199 will be available until October 11, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We also have reserved an array of discounted suites for those wanting to share a larger space or will be enjoying the conference with their families. For NASPA attendees, the Resort Charge has been reduced to $15.00/day.

Hotel reservations are open and booking is simple. To book a standard room, CLICK HERE. To book a suite, please contact the hotel directly at 1-808-949-4321.

For hotel and reservation questions, contact:

Sabrina Fallejo Uganiza

[email protected]
(808) 956-3290

Brief History of Waikīkī

Waikīkī means "spouting water," a reference to the rivers and springs that richly flowed from the Koʻolau mountain range and flooded the area with an abundance of fresh water. In the 1400s, Chief Kalamakua designed an irrigation system to take advantage of Waikīkī’s water resources. Fishponds were built and taro patches were planted allowing for a refined system of agriculture. In the 1450s, Waikīkī was established as the governmental center of Oʻahu.

Waikīkī was also the setting for one of Hawaiʻi’s historic battles for the unification of the Hawaiian archipelago between Kamehameha I (supreme chief of Hawaiʻi Island) and Kahekili (supreme chief of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe). In 1794, Kamehameha I arrived from Hawaiʻi Island with a fleet of canoes landing on the beach of Waikīkī. Kamehameha then set out for the Nuʻuanu Pali (cliffs) to take  Oʻahu from Kalanikūpule, son of Kahekili. After a successful battle, the Hawaiian Islands were united under one ruler, King Kamehameha I.

Throughout the 1800s, Waikīkī remained a place of productive agriculture for commoners and residences for the royal families who maintained homes in the area.  The streets in Waikīkī are some of the most historic in Hawaiʻi as the names reveal the stories of particular areas.

The ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Kalia, located on the most western end of Waikīkī, was home to the chiefly Paoa family. Duke Kahanamoku, legendary surfer and multiple Olympic gold medalist, was raised in this fishing and ocean-faring family who lived on this land. The Pi‘inaio Stream fed into the ocean there next to where the Hilton Hawaiian Village currently stands, creating a rich reef and offshore area with an abundance of fish, seaweed, and other marine life to feed surrounding families.

  • Travel

    Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Located at 300 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96819, the HNL airport is one of the world’s largest, busiest and most beautiful airports. Owned and operated by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, it covers 4,520 acres of fast and submerged land.

  • Transportation

    For driving directions from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, click here.

  • Weather

    For current information about Honolulu's weather including hourly, daily, and weekend forecasts, click here.

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