Mānoa Now

The Mānoa Now app is an essential app for University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students. One of its most popular functions is its ability to track the locations and pick-up times of TheBus and the campus shuttle services. It also lists the times and locations of campus events, job opportunities and promotional UH ID deals. It also lets you load Dining Dollars, Mānoa Dining Services’ digital currency, onto your UH ID. In addition, users can directly access the campus’ STAR registration system, the UH Athletics page, campus maps and the university’s student media such as Ka Leo O Hawai‘i, UH Productions, KTUH and Hawai‘i Review to keep yourself up-to-date with current news and trends. 


Tapingo is the way to go if you are in a rush to get to your next class and want something to eat along the way. With the app, you can order and customize menu items online from several dining venues on campus with Dining Dollars or a credit card. Once your transaction is complete, Tapingo will notify you when your item is ready to be picked up. Dining venues that can be accessed via Tapingo include Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Da Grill, Ba-Le and Stir Fresh.


If you purchased a meal plan or are dorming, Bite will be a helpful app you can download. Bite is owned by Sodexo, UH Mānoa Dining Services’ food provider. It displays the daily menus of the dining halls on campus (Gateway and Hale Aloha), including each dish’s ingredients, nutrition and potential allergens. Furthermore, the operational hours of the dining halls may vary during the holidays and breaks; however, Bite is able to tell you exactly when the halls are open and closed.


It is safe to say that almost every college student knows what Chegg is, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Chegg is the ultimate catch-all homework app for your general education requirements. With access to major textbooks at discounted rates and homework solutions, Chegg is able to assist you with the majority of your introductory classes in the sciences, mathematics and humanities. A Chegg subscription is priced at $14.95 per month, but this cost can be reduced by sharing an account and splitting the expense with your friends. Note that Chegg should not be used as a substitute to attempting the homework problem yourself. Just because you understand the steps of Chegg’s solutions does not necessarily mean you will be able to do the problem come exam time, so it is best to reserve Chegg solely for checking your work.


Students may be  required to take at least one math course as part of their general education curriculum. If you are a STEM major or are pursuing a Bachelor of Science, at the very least, you will have to pass Calculus II. Mathway is an app that can solve calculus, trigonometry and algebra problems. What differentiates Mathway from regular calculators is that it lists each step of the problem and simplifies it to basic math. Although calculators are not permitted in most math classes here, Mathway is a supplement to your math studies and can help you understand most math processes in simple terms.


Need help staying away from your smartphone during your studies? Most students do, making Forest an ideal app to download. Forest allows its users to plant virtual trees that only grow when you do not use your phone. For each virtual tree planted, the user is rewarded with virtual currency that they can spend on tree customizations. This virtual currency goes to the developers behind Forest, who use it to donate real money to tree-planting organizations. At the time of this article, Forest users have planted almost half a million trees. With the added benefit of your studying contributing to the environment, students can be sure to avoid distractions and ace their upcoming tests.