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Club Carnival practically perfect

by Amber Vega, staff writer


The 2003 HPU annual Club Carnival kicked off in nearly perfect weather on the downtown campus Sept. 12, with live music performances by HPU cheerleaders and band, 15 outside vendors, and more than 55 clubs participating.

Heather Hubbard, director of Student Life and organizer of the carnival, said that it is a “Great day to highlight HPU and what we do.”

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And what does HPU do? Variety, variety, variety was the clear theme of Club Carnival 2003. It was obvious that not only is the student body multiethnic, but the activities offered at HPU are just as diverse.


The clubs are organized into four categories: academic and professional, cultural and religious, special interest, and activity clubs. Students interested in a career that has to do with medicine could shuffle their way to the Pre-med Society booth and find a plethora of volunteer opportunities with local hospitals. Then just two feet away, students could also sign up for a more cultural experience through dance and song with the United Samoan Organization.


Students concerned about the environment and the conservation of Hawai‘i’s oceans could team up with the Dive Club and its poetic motto—“We take only pictures and leave only bubbles”—while also becoming a certified diver. For students who just love to get down and boogie, the Hibiscus Social Dance Club booth was only a hop, skip, and twirl away. Even outside vendors such as the lei booth, which was not a school organization but rather a reality TV show audition, added to the flavor of Club Carnival.


Yet variety was not the only factor in determining Club Carnival success. Education and motivation were also defining elements. With more than 75 clubs available at HPU, all of whom are active in community service activities, Club Carnival is a useful tool in recruiting members and offering support for students. Sima Fine, president of the United Samoan Organization with its 60-70 members, stated that Club Carnival was their way of getting the word out to the student body. Craig Tabag a junior at HPU and member of the Christian Fellowship Club for three years also stated that most of its members actually sign up during the event. Over and over, each booth represented, viewed Club Carnival as a great tactic for getting students involved with outside activities and spreading awareness for their particular organization.
With Fort Street Mall cluttered by booths, faculty, and students alike, it was a great way to start off the 2003 fall semester with promising opportunities offered for the upcoming year. School spirit was strongly demonstrated by the HPU Cheerleaders and Pep Squad along with performances by the Band and Dance Team. Radio station Hot 93.9 came down to offer prizes and promote parties to the youthful and exuberant crowd. Later in the day, live Hawaiian music by Ernie Cruz and his band added to the classic island styling.
Froylan Fernandes, a senior, who joined about 12 clubs that day, including the Computer Club, Hiking Club, and Catholic Campus Ministry Club, said that it was his last year and he wanted to make the most of it. Club Carnival definitely helped him on his way as it did many HPU students.


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