A member of HPU’s
own extended ‘ohana, Ranine El Chaar, 22, a former economics
major now living at home in Lebanon, has been pursuing her
own shot to be the next Arabian Idol. She has made it to the
and final round of Superstar, a Middle East franchise spin
off equivalent to our American Idol.
Chaar attended HPU from fall 2000 through fall 2001. She had
to return home without finishing her degree, but she enjoyed
Hawai‘i and HPU so much that she’s been telling reporters
about her time at HPU since making it to the Superstar finals. “HPU
has been a big part of my life,” said Chaar on Lebanese
Chaar was one of 82 talents who made it through the long process
of auditioning 60,000 Superstar hopefuls. In April, she proved
her staying power by progressing to the third and final found
of the competition.
Whatever you can do or dream you can do,” Chaar said. “Start
it now because your heart is in your dream and no request is
too extreme.” She believes this positive frame of mind
is what has taken her so far in life, despite the struggles,
as well as motivated her in the Superstar competition.
Although Chaar has been away from Hawai‘i for a while,
she still misses it a lot. “It was always my dream to graduate
from the land of beauty and a university with such cultural richness,” said
Chaar. “I hope someday I will return to Hawai‘i.”
Superstar scoured more than 15 Arabic states for singing
talents worthy enough to hold the title.
Instead of being critiqued by a panel of judges such as Paula
Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell, Chaar had to sing
in front of two juries: one comprised of teachers from the
National Conservatory, the other comprised of three great
Chaar said she’s not thinking too much about her future
after Superstar because she lives for today. Currently a law
student in Lebanon, she knows that dedication to the task at
hand is what takes you to the next level.
I always think only about the step I am living right now,” she
said, “because as much as I focus on the present moment
and do it well, I will harvest the good fruits of my labor
For more information on Char’s progress, and photos, visit
Superstar’s Web site at futuresuperstar.com/superstar/episode3/contestant11.html.
Editor’s note: The Web site is in Arabic, without English