UH students pressed for time while moving into dorms

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It’s a clear sign that summer is coming to a close. Students at University of Hawaii Manoa began moving into their dorms on Tuesday.

With three dorm buildings opening up for the students to move in, parents and friends were only given 15 minutes to drop off their students along Dole Street before UH security asked them to clear the lane.

So having someone to help move the big boxes was critical for a smooth move in.

Wailuku Maui resident Sidney Arakawa says this is her third year moving into the dorms at UH Manoa.

“Family is definitely really helpful they carry most of the things for me so I’m really lucky,” Arakawa said.

Arakawa is lucky, because her brother Billy is helping her move into her room.

“It’s pretty much just like a brotherly duty. I would like to say she’s moving into college and might as well help her out, something a brother does I guess,” Sidney’s brother Billy Arakawa said.

Arakawa says there are several key things to know before moving into the dorms.

“It’s definitely a good idea to come early I would definitely bring a fan because the rooms get hot unless you’re in Frear, where there’s air condition, which I’m not. An umbrella because the weather is pretty unpredictable here,” Arakawa said.

UH Housing Services also had volunteers on hand to help students check-in, find their rooms and roommates for the year.

“I’m not really nervous more like really excited to meet my roommate and stuff.” UH Manoa student Ashley Burcena said.

“So you don’t know who your roommate is?,” KHON2 asked.

“I contacted her through text message but no, I don’t really know her,” Burcena said.

With prices starting at $5,400 a school year for a double occupancy room, the dorms are completely full this upcoming semester.

Students who will be living at Frear, Wailani and Noelani dorms will be moving in on Friday starting at 8 a.m.

Drivers should prepare again for one lane to close along Dole Street in the east bound direction.

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