Ohana Groups


Ohana is the Hawaiian word for “family.” Sponsored by International Chapel, these groups of 8–10 international and domestic students meet weekly to share a meal, learn about Jesus, have fun, build deep relationships across cultures, and a foster hearts devoted to the nations.

Outside of the weekly group meeting time, Ohana Group members often go to international restaurants, play sports, hang out, and attend church together. Groups participate in International Students and Scholars programs and events and attend International Chapel each week.

These groups are a safe place for international students to build lasting spiritual friendships and meet others who understand the benefits and challenges of studying and living in a new cultural environment. Likewise, domestic students who participate in Ohana Groups can develop great relationships with students from around the world.

How to Join an Ohana Group

To join an Ohana Group, sign up during International Chapel during the first three weeks of each semester. Make sure you also sign up for a Global Pass.

Why Join an Ohana Group?

The nations are here at APU! Ohana Groups are a great way for students to engage the world without leaving APU. Students preparing to travel abroad can develop a love for different nations here and now that will strengthen their overseas experience. Students who have just returned from an overseas experience can continue their crosscultural learning here and now by befriending and caring for international students.

Expectations of Ohana Group Members

  1. Attend International Chapel each week and invite your friends.
  2. Meet weekly with your Ohana Group.
  3. Spend time outside your weekly meeting time getting to know other Ohana Group members.

Become an Ohana Group Leader

If you are interested in becoming an Ohana Group leader, please fill out the online Student Leadership Application. Be sure to fill out all the supplemental items that are required to be an Ohana Group leader.

A completed application will include:

  1. Student Leadership Application
  2. International Chapel Supplemental Questions