The annual English Foundation Program picnic was held at the
Hawai‘i Loa campus on Oct. 11, and this year’s
theme introduced students and faculty to the all-American,
country and western “cowboy” theme.
“I have never been to such a wonderful party, said Amanda
Yu with an excited look in her face. She is an EFP student from
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The EFP picnic is an event that offers faculty
and students a chance to socialize outside the classroom, as
well as meet new friends and instructors. “Some of my friends
from my classes are here, but I also made a few new friends,” said
Kassie Chou, an EFP student from Taiwan.
The picnic had a good turnout because the EFP program promoted
the event. A table on upper Fort Street Mall sold tickets for
the event and instructors announced it in all their classes.
Many students in EFP and the Teaching English as a Second Language
programs also contributed time and effort selling tickets and
spreading the word to friends and classmates. The picnic started
on the lanai of the academic center, which was set up with
musicians. Dr. Robert Bley-Vroman, the band director, acted
as the singing
and dancing instructor.
I learned four new songs,” said Judy Wang, from Taiwan,
while singing one of the songs in chorus with Yu to provide a
sample. One of the songs that Bley-Vroman taught the audience
was “My Darling Clementine.”
After the group sang on the lanai, students and faculty had
a choice of three separate activities before lunch. First,
could learn how to line dance and square dance. Second, they
could play games such as wheel barrow race, spoon and egg
race, water balloon toss, and three-legged race. Or, they
up two teams and play volleyball.
Lunch was served at noon and included a generous buffet with
grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, vegetables, fruits,
chips, chili, drinks, and desserts.
The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the dancing,” said
Yu with a big smile. Hot dogs and burgers might not be included
on the average EFP student’s daily menu, but considering
the little food left over, it was obviously popular.
I just wish more faculty had come,” said Yu.