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A place of our own! Sea Warrior Center opens

by Jaclynn Fasken, business manager


Finally. A place HPU students, faculty, and staff can relax and call their own. On Aug. 1 The Sea Warrior Center, located on the ground floor of the Blaisdell Hotel, at 1154 Fort St., opened its door for business.

The Sea Warrior Center, open seven days a week, houses a full-service cafeteria with seating for 65, a lounge area, five brand new computers with Internet access, four televisions including one big screen TV, and two private meeting rooms.

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Keola Gerell, property manager of the Blaisdell Hotel said, “the center offers a unified, central place for the HPU community to grab something to eat or drink, watch television and check their e-mail. It’s a one-stop shop for students.”


The cafeteria offers fast foods such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and pizza as well as good quality, nutritious meals, including three specials per week, at least one a vegetarian dish.


Since the Sea Warrior Center caters to the HPU community, it will include a quick service line that lets people make a pit stop for something fast during the mad dash between classes.

The center offers couches and chairs in several lounge areas, so students can kill time, socialize or study in comfort. The center has an inviting, relaxing atmosphere and permits eating and drinking anywhere.
The two meeting rooms can be reserved by anyone from HPU for meetings and gatherings and include large bulletin boards so students, staff, and faculty can post meetings or messages they would like to publicize.
The Sea Warrior Center also has a prescription for avoiding chronic back pain now or a few years down the road: 375 lockers that can be rented on a monthly basis for storage of all those heavy, over-priced books.
The student center will offer a VIP discount card that can be purchased each semester and that will entitle the card holder to special discounts on food, drinks, and locker rentals. Gerell added that cardholders would be automatically entered into frequent prize drawings.
Since the center is exclusively for the HPU community, Gerell encourages people to hang their artwork on the walls, either to be sold or just for people to admire. “This a place for HPU, so we want students to decorate the walls by hanging their artwork.”
Gerell is hoping in the future to offer weekend events such as HPU games on the big screen TV and live music at night.
In August, the center will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. At the start of the fall semester, the center will remain open on weekdays until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays (and possibly Sundays, depending on business), according to HPU Vice President for Administration, E. Rick Stepien.
“Were hoping the center will be beneficial to the students and entire area. It is a great addition to Fort Street and hopefully because of it, students will have a better experience all together,” Gerell said.


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