The Dining Commons welcomes diners at 10.30 a.m. every Sunday
and serves brunch through 11:30. Located next to the student
dormitories, the dining area is large, clean, and airy—literally,
as there are outdoor as well as indoor tables.
Brunch is “all you can eat” for $4.50. Typical breakfast
items such as eggs and rice (OK, typical for Hawai‘i), fresh
fruits, tea, and coffee are served every Sunday. Other breakfast
foods such as sausage, bacon, waffles, pancakes, French toast,
bagels, and pastries are served on a rotating basis.
Kalei Place, a student manager, greeted my visit to the Dining
Commons one Sunday in October. She and her supervisor, Charles
Ah-loo, were enthusiastic about their young customers. “We
want the students happy!” said Place.
“In the past we have received complaints about the quality
of the food and the quantity,” Place added. “We have been
working hard and trying new things to keep students happy!”
The most significant effort has been a new cook, but other
things, such as increasing the amount of food available, have
also been looked into. Now, Place said, more food is kept
in reserve, so if something does run out, more can brought
Students, however, had mixed responses. While some agree
that the food has improved, many doubt that they are getting
good value for their money. “It’s not worth the amount we
spend on housing” said one student, referring to the fact
that HPU provides meals to all students who pay for housing.
Some students, like Sarah Raffaelli, admit that the brunch
is a little bit better than it was in the past, but insist
that still more improvements have to be made.
“The problem is not what they serve, but the fact that what
they serve is repeated too many times!” said Pritpal Aujla,
a student from California. Feedback from other students was
similar. “I get the feeling that they sometime serve leftovers!”
said Michael Kazma, a student from London.
“The food should be kept at the same temperature; then at
least it will taste good!” said Billy Roch, from O‘ahu.
According to Place, the crew at the Dining Commons is working
hard to overcome many of these issues. As Shane Pilon, an
HPU student put it, “At least the food here is edible, and
that is better than at other schools!!” Mohammed Faisal is
a new staff writer at Kalamalama. Comments or questions can
be e-mailed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.