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Hawai'i Pacific University's annual Intercultural Day promotes global education, responsibility

by Kalamalama staff

HPU will celebrate its 21st annual Intercultural Day April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fort Street Mall. The event, free and open to the public, spotlights the global diversity of HPU students through cultural exhibits, national costumes, a parade, and lively stage performances of traditional dance and music from around the world. This year, HPU has partnered with the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) to provide ethnic foods.

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:

10 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, photos, and 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 parade 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 skills.

“Intercultural Day is a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience and learn from the cultural diversity that prevails at Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Ann Newton, director of International Student Services.




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