Established in 1984, Intercultural Day has evolved into one
of the largest intercultural activities in Hawai‘i. HPU
itself has become a melting pot by attracting students from
around the globe.
Intercultural Day creates a venue for these
students to share their traditions and customs.Events are
scheduled as follows:
a.m. to 4 p.m.: International Exhibits
Fort Street Mall on the HPU downtown campus
will be lined with cultural exhibits showcasing authentic artifacts,
other educational materials from various countries, including
Japan, Philippines, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Brazil, Norway,
Korea, Singapore, Kenya, Thailand, Botswana, Samoa, Denmark,
France, Malaysia, and many more. Students from these diverse
countries will be present in each booth, dressed in the traditional
garb of their native land, to explain the artifacts and share
their culture with their classmates, HPU staff and faculty,
and the downtown community.
11:30 a.m. International Parade
HPU international students dressed in traditional
costumes from their home countries will take part in a festive
through downtown Honolulu, singing the songs of their homeland
and waving their national flags along the way.
1 to 4 p.m. International Performances
The International Chorale and Vocal Ensemble
will perform, as well as a local hula halau. The highlight
of the afternoon
will be HPU students performing traditional dances and music
of their countries that showcase students’ cultures and
“Intercultural Day is a wonderful opportunity for the
community to experience and learn from the cultural diversity
at Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Ann Newton,
director of International Student Services.