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By Kalamalama staff

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HPU’s celebration of its 40th anniversary climaxed on Fort Street Mall Sept. 16, with a Club Carnival, a U.S. Constitution game, musical performances, and a 40-foot cake. Alumni from all over the world participated in the activities along with community leaders and HPU faculty, staff, and students.

The daylong celebration began with Club Carnival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student members of HPU clubs set up booths where classmates could learn about the many student organizations on campus and could have chance to join.

During the celebration students were invited to participate in a contest to complete the words to the preamble to the U.S. Constitution—winners to participate in a drawing for HPU 40th anniversary logoware. (See related story, page 2.)

Musical entertainment filled the day, beginning with the Japanese band, Soulkyo, and the Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi Loco, performing from 10 a.m. to noon.

A pep rally at 12:45 p.m. began with more music: HPU’s Sea Warrior Band accompanied performances by the University’s National Championship Cheerleaders and Dance Team. Sharky the Sea Warrior, HPU’s National Championship mascot, also performed.

HPU was granted a charter of incorporation as Hawai‘i Pacific College Sept. 17, 1965. To commemorate the charter’s signing, HPU followed the pep rally with a cake-cutting ceremony and served pieces of a 40-foot-long cake to the HPU and Fort Street Mall community.
Following the pep rally and cake-cutting ceremony, the local band, First Verse, performed followed by Natural Vibrations, who played from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The anniversary celebration was capped off with a VIP event for distinguished alumni, donors, and community leaders as well as an HPU company picnic Oct. 17 at the Hawai‘i Loa campus.


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