The end is near! No, not the world. The school year!
We teeter on the brink of completion. The “light at the
end of the tunnel” is staring us right in the face. Finals
are here, the chance to show off our great talent and vast
knowledge. It is worth it! The effort we put forth throughout
the semester will open many doors. The future stands ready
to be grasped. Way to go!
Congratulations to all of you who advance another year,
but especially congratulations, graduates! This is one more
milestone to celebrate. I applaud your accomplishments and
envy the opportunities that will come your way. Our fractured
world awaits your contribution. It greatly needs the global
perspectives you will bring to solving the problems of the
Take with you the aloha of the islands and the HPU community
and may these always be part of the foundation on which
you build the rest of your lives. My prayer is that you
hold on to the dream you have for your future, and thus
anchored, you always find the direction to take.
Being anchored to the future allows one to overcome any
obstacle. The Lord stands ready to lighten the path. You
can trust his guidance every day.
As I moved around the campus and talked to people in the
community this past semester, I continued to be amazed and
inspired by how many of our HPU students were involved in
helping others and seeking to make a difference. In the
midst of very busy schedules, I know many of you worked
with such organizations as Special Olympics, Big Brothers-Big
Sisters, the Institute for Human Services, and local churches.
You helped coach youth athletic teams and worked on projects
to cleanup our environment, to name a few.
Thank you for your contributions to the HPU Foodbank. Many
say our culture has outgrown an attitude of concern for
others in favor of the me-first lifestyle. Hearing all the
stories emerging from our own campus tells me that is not
true. This is what gives breadth and depth to our education.
Keep it up! No one can take it from you!