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by Christa Kraft

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

 

Brittany Yap

 

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 the masses.

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. It 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 in another country because of the foreign languages being spoken on the mall. He spent an hour and a half at the event around lunchtime.

“ 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

 

by Flavia Brakling

 

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 Hawaiian.

“ 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 by parents.
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 Intercultural Day.

“ 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 Ramos.
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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.
Your welcome. The editors.
 

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