On Intercultural Day, for the low,
low price of a student ID, HPU students can check out a flag
of a country from Taylor. Most will use the flags in their
country’s booth and many will also carry them in the
parade of nations through downtown Honolulu.
The flags are owned by HPU and stored in the Model Progress building
when not in use.
We’ve been working for about a month on updating these
flags for the event,” Taylor said. “We have to go
through and make sure each one is the current flag the country
is using. We wouldn’t want to misrepresent anyone.”
If you want your own flag, they usually run from about $10-$40.
We order the flags from flag stores” said Taylor. “There
are two on the island, one in Ala Moana.”
Way out of the ordinary
The wall behind the rectory on Fort Street
Mall, where many students eat their lunch, was adorned today
with multicolored flags. Mellow music played in the background
while crowds shuffled past white-tent booths making it hard
for one to walk without bumping into someone else. Ethnic costumes
from around the world wove bright patterns of color through
No, it was not Halloween. HPU’s Intercultural Day was
the talk of the town as students, teachers, faculty, homeless
people, and visitors of the island gathered to take part
in the unique annual event.
Hanalei Jaber, a former HPU student on a two-week vacation
from serving in Iraq, looked a little confused when he came
to campus to get some transcripts mailed out for school.
I heard ads for Intercultural Day on the radio, but I didn’t
know it was today,” said Jaber. “I am so glad
I got to see some performances and check out some booths.
was a good way to spend my Friday.”
Jaber was impressed with the amount of participation and
the excitement on the students’ faces. Digital cameras
were snapping away, and at some moments Jaber felt he was
country because of the foreign languages being spoken on
the mall. He spent an hour and a half at the event around
I was happy to see people selling food. I ate the garlic shrimp
and it was pretty good,” said Jaber.
Inspiring international travel
by Hiroshi Murakawa
HPU’s Intercultural Day at Fort Street Mall on April
22 allowed students from different countries to share their
cultures with each other and people who live in Honolulu. Booths
filled the mall in the morning, and in the afternoon, students
from each country preformed traditional music and dance.
For example, the Japanese booth displayed a model of one of
Japan’s castle and some pictures of Japan. In the afternoon,
the Japanese Student Association performed the Yosakoi Dance
from the Kochi prefecture in Japan. The dancers received thunderous
applause and shouts of joy for their effort.
Alexander Kreffe, who has been at HPU for two year said, “The
Japanese dance was so great, I became interested in Japan,
and I want to go to Japan in the future.”
Philip Nufer, a senior at HPU who participated at the Intercultural
Day said “A lot more people are attending Intercultural
Day this year in comparison to last year.”
Many people are influenced by the Intercultural Day. It is
a good opportunity to build interest in other countries’ cultures.
Saki Takahashi has been at HPU for two years and volunteered
to distribute the pamphlets to people for her Travel Industry
Management class. “It’s a good opportunity to look
at many countries’ cultures,” she said.
Na Keiki perform for HPU
|Approximately 50 children from Manana Elementary Public School,
located in Pearl City, performed at the HPU Intercultural Day
April 22. For the second consecutive year, Director Aaron Paragoso
brought Na Keiki ‘O Manana chorus to present a variety
of songs in different languages, including Latin, Liberian, and
The kids are used to seeing only Hawaiian people in their everyday
life. HPU Intercultural Day gives them the opportunity to see
people from different cultures, such as Asian and African, with
their respective costumes,” said Paragoso.
Besides increasing awareness about cultural differences, Paragoso
believes that this experience gets the children thinking about
going to college.
Manana Elementary students in grades three to six are selected
by audition and have to maintain high academic standards in order
to stay in the group, which is a non-profit organization run
Student body President Christian Chong said, “It was interesting
to see the HPU chorus because they had different songs blended
together.” The 12-year-old singer added that she enjoys
sharing music with other cultures.
Recruiting with authenticity
by Marin Matsuzawa
|“We didn’t expect to get an award, if we did that’s
of course great,” said Hamano Itsuto, the president of
Japanese Student Association.
The JSA students wanted to express a strong team spirit through
their performance of the Yosakoi dance at this spring’s
The Yosakoi dance is based on ancient traditional culture of
Kochi prefecture in Japan,” Hamano said.
According to the Kochi tradition, the dance describes the origin
and birth of life through its quiet movements. However, JSA arranged
its original music and dance in a modern style this year.
The performance was divided into two parts: the men’s steps first, followed
by the women’s steps.
It was so intense, I felt so good once I finished dancing,” said Yamamoto
Chika, a main dancer of women’s steps.
In order to reproduce the atmosphere of the actual event, JSA sent for the authentic
dance costumes that are used in the traditional performances by Sugaren, a dance
team in Kochi.
I hope many more students join in our other club events because of what they
saw,” Hamano said.
Salsa si! Unity si!
by Suzie Contreras
|Unity was the focus of Intercultural Day this year at HPU.
Stands all along Fort Street Mall brought different foods, colors,
and sounds from all over the world to our small campus. Salsa
music could be heard blaring from the Latino Club booth, and
flags represented all Hispanic countries from Mexico to the tip
of South America.
I love Intercultural Day,” said Orlando Perez, 26, representing
Mexico. The Latino Club booth displayed artifacts from various
countries: dolls from Mexico, a coin purse from El Salvador,
and Hojas de Eucalipto (eucalyptus leaves) from Bolivia.
The club performed a salsa dance called The Revolt of La Libertad.
For Jerome Ramos, 20, the dance choreographer, it was not about
winning but about sharing the Latino culture with other students. “It’s
about entertaining. As long as the crowd loves it,” said
|Dear Kalamalama Staff,
We are writing to you about the Intercultural Day article that
appeared in the May 2 issue of Kalamalama. We were upset that
the primary focus of our portion of the article was dedicated
to one person, Jerome Ramos.
Jerome is a well-accomplished dancer and has done great work
in choreographing the Latin American dances for the past couple
years. However, last year our club received best booth, but the
only thing mentioned was Jerome. This year there were more than
30 dancers in our performance, but only two people were pictured.
Not one thing was mentioned about the Latinos Unidos booth, which
was covered with information on all the countries of Latin America
and artifacts from native countries.
Some of our club members were interviewed but weren’t quoted.
Instead, only Jerome was quoted.
Accuracy is important as well because our performance was a combination
of members from Latinos Unidos and Groove Time Jammers. Jerome’s
contributions to our club are well-appreciated, however we wish
the newspaper would stop using him as the poster child for the
Latino community at HPU.
Our club participation and recruitment of members has significantly
grown this semester, but still we aren’t being represented
by the newspaper. There are two active clubs on campus with a
combination of over 40 members representing and participating
in Latino culture to HPU. All we ask is that on the one day where
cultures should be recognized that we get the same representation
as other clubs instead of cheating us with photos and quotes
of one person for two consecutive years.
--Nicole Pinketti, pres.,
and Laura Gonzalez, VP
Latinos Unidos, Wednesday, May 04, 2005 10:40 p.m.
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