On Oct. 29, HPU proved again its
commitment to providing an American education to a diverse
student body within an international context created by students
from more than 100 countries studying in a multicultural Hawai‘i
The University’s annual Intercultural Day, held in the
last few weeks of every spring semester, originated as a way
for students at HPU to come together to share traditions and
customs and participate in cultures other than their own.
“The event has proved so successful that in spring 2005,
the public may be invited to participate,” said Nancy
Ellis, vice president and dean of Student Services. It’s
also proved so popular that HPU has begun, regularly, to hold
a fall semester preview day.
That’s what happened last Friday, as students came together
on Fort Street Mall to learn from each other what HPU Intercultural
Day is all about. Groups who participated in last year’s
event reprised their performances and displayed their exhibits
of costumes, food, and artifacts, giving new students an idea
of what to expect at Intercultural Day 2005.
Like the spring Intercultural Day, the fall preview promotes
the active participation of students and visitors who are able
to “touch others” through colorful and vibrant
costumes, exhibits, country flags, dances, songs, and stories.
The campus-wide Intercultural Day event is structured to promote
meaningful interactions among people of many different cultures
and backgrounds. As people visit country exhibits, enthusiastic
students, eager to share information about their traditions,
crafts, customs, costumes, and foods, greeted them, made them
welcome in the context of their own cultures.
Those who went visiting were able to “travel around the
world” in a single day.