Editor’s note: Beginning HPU journalism students
covered the fall Club Carnival and birthday jam. Here are
some of their
articles. More will follow in later editions.
by Rebekah Ernst, JOUR 3000
On Sept. 16, HPU’s downtown campus on Fort Street Mall
was bustling with activity from the bi-annual Club Carnival.
So many clubs were competing for students’ attention, it
was hard to know where to commit one’s time and effort.
It’s hard enough, many students were heard to remark, to
juggle classes, internships, jobs, and have a life without adding “club
participation” to the list. For all of the public relations
enthusiasts, though, HPU offers an academic club whose membership
makes life easier, not more complicated.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is
an organization that serves to provide it’s members
with a host of benefits, including networking and professional
development, all for a mere $46 annual fee. These opportunities
are optional and beneficial to your career goals, but they
also connect you with people that share common interests.
Take Brianna Kaya, a senior public relations major and PRSSA
member for the past two years: “Though PRSSA is beneficial
in so many ways professionally—our etiquette dinners and
luncheons—it is the bonding between our members that makes
it worthwhile; we help each other in classes, and just have fun
hanging out,” Kaya said.
Like most other clubs, members gain as much as they invest into
PRSAA, so the more activities participated in, the greater the
benefits of membership. For Shea Crawford, a senior public relations
major, PRSAA member, and assistant cheerleading coach, participation
has been a challenge.
I want to participate, but it seems like I always have something
else to do.” Fortunately for Crawford, the lowest level
of involvement is enough to have PRSAA on her resume.
According to its official Web site, PRSAA is the world’s
largest organization for public relations professionals,
and the chapter at HPU is successful at accomplishing its
of fostering professionalism at all levels.
I think what sets us apart is our relationship with our advisors,
as well as professionals in the public relations community,” said
Earlene Dowell, founding president of PRSSA at HPU. Dowell
has seen the club develop over the years, and expects it
with a growing membership base and increasing community involvement.
For more information, or to join PRSSA, visit the College of
Communication Office for an application or call 544-0825.
|by Melissa Mejia, JOUR 3000
One is the magic number. One club, Latinos Unidos (Latins United),
represents more than 20 Latin American countries, and it spices
things up around HPU.
At Club Carnival Sept. 16, Latinos Unidos joined other clubs
in setting up a booth along upper Fort Street Mall to recruit
new members for the fall. It featured the club banner, cultural
pieces, photos from club events, and native clothing.
I was impressed with the number of people who came to sign up
this semester,” said Nicole Pinketti, club president from
Since Latinos Unidos represents multiple countries, its “mission
is to unite people from all different cultures who want to learn
more about the Latin community,” said Pinketti, who is
I joined the club this year to get more involved,” said
Melanie Haynes, sophomore from North Carolina. “I went
to some of the club events like salsa dancing, and Fiesta Latina
and thought, why not join?”
In addition to its welcome back picnic held Oct. 8 at Kapiolani
Park, the club plans a number of activities for the near future,
including participation in Halloween Hoopla, and a Latino Festival
on Oct. 15.
Orlando Perez, senior from San Francisco, said that his favorite
club activity is the picnic because it allows people to get together
out of school. “A whole variety of people go to the picnic
to have fun with some music and good food from different Latino
cultures,” he added.
But, the club isn’t exclusive to only Latin students. “I
feel it [the club] is very diverse,” Pinketti stated. “There
is a good blend of Latin cultures represented by the members
as well as non-Latin members.”
Taking a risk last year, the club hosted a Fiesta Latina at Che
Pasta to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. “Fiesta
Latina was fun,” Haynes said. “It was great seeing
so many people from HPU supporting the group and the cause.” The
group was able to raise $1,500 for donation.
Anticipation this year has already started. “I’m
excited for this year because it seems like Latinos Unidos stepped
it up with not only hosting Fiesta Latina,” Haynes added, “but
putting on a really good performance for Intercultural Day.”
Any student can join the club. “At Latinos Unidos, we are
very open to other cultures, and we don’t discriminate
against anyone who wants to join,” Perez said. “We
welcome all with open arms and give them a sense of aloha with
a Latino twist.”
For information or to join, e-mail email@example.com.
|by Christina Failma, JOUR 3000
Usually heard as a unified voice at athletic games, and often
seen waving banners and giant fingers, the Spirit Club is also
actively and regularly involved in support of other University
activities and events. Thus despite an overcast sky, they were
ready for the first big fall 2005 event—the HPU Club
The weather isn’t really cooperating with us,” said
sophomore Spirit Club member Joanne Corpuz from O‘ahu,
but she added that the carnival was a good cause.
Held every semester, the event offers various clubs and organizations
an opportunity to inform the public and the HPU community about
who they are and what they do as well as a chance to recruit
This year’s Club Carnival was also a special time of celebration,
as HPU celebrated its 40th birthday with a bang-up pep rally
and a cake-cutting ceremony officiated by University President
Chatt G. Wright, Fort Street Mall was mobbed with excited students,
faculty, and members of the surrounding community and the HPU
There were no booths for them to stand by or printed fliers for
them to pass out, but they offered their time and services to
all the other clubs. Thirty of them were on Fort Street Mall
at 8 a.m. to set up the tables and chairs for the various clubs
I think it’s great that we are participating for a good
cause,” said sophomore Spirit Club member Karen Gaspar
from the Big Island, Hawai‘i.
All Spirit Club members were present at the pep rally for crowd
control. Some of them created a barrier between the audience
and the cheerleaders, dancers, and athletes who were either performing
or being introduced. Others were setting up the 30 half-sheets
of cakes that spelled out “Happy 40th Anniversary Hawai‘i
And they helped serve the cake, too, another big challenge seeing
that everyone (not just HPU students and faculty) was invited
to the celebration.
I thought the Spirit Club members did really well working with
each other, especially since this was their first time being
a group since school started,” said club coordinator Chanelle
Opulento from O‘ahu. “It was a very stressful situation,
but everyone kept his or her cool. Without them, I don’t
think this event would have been as successful,” she added.
At 5 p.m., several Spirit Club members were seen to stay behind
to clean up by putting tables and chairs away as well as picking
up garbage that littered the once busy street.
It was a great event that took a lot of our time and hard work,” Gaspar
said with a smile. “But at the same time, I’m glad
that the University and community appreciate it,” he added.
For more information on the Spirit Club, call the Student Life
Office at 544-9365 or the Scholarships and Grants Office at 566-2430.
|by Nicha Srinakarin, JOUR 3000
HPU students gathered on upper Fort Street Mall Sept. 16 for Club Carnival, a
colorful fair with student booths and activities which took up nearly the whole
day. The Thai Student Association booth was crowded with students from all
over the world talking to the three students representing the club and giving
out information to those who passed by.
The booth was filled with postcards and pictures that seemed to lure many students
in. Surasak Chanaudompassorn, a native of Bangkok and president of the Thai Club
for many years, told visitors: “By joining Thai Club, you’ll get
to learn more about Thai culture.” He added, with a smile, “You’ll
find that our culture is very unique and different.”
Club vice president, Suthichiri Amatiyakun, is familiar to most HPU students;
hers is the face on all the HPU Intercultural Day posters, smiling, and wearing
elegant Thai dress. She explained the theme and concepts of this year’s
event by showing four photos that represented four distinctive parts of Thailand. “This
year,” she said, “the club is planning to share Thai culture as well
as the different lifestyle in different parts of Thailand.”
Those who join the club not only get a chance to learn some Thai language as
well as experiencing Thai culture, but every month the club members get together
for a traditional Thai dinner.
Chanaudompassorn is head chef due to his cooking
skills, and everyone shares the cost of the meal.
The Thai Club also offers Thai dance lessons for those who are interested. At
the first practice, members get to find out which dance they would like to learn,
by watching the show performed by Amatiyakun and Chanaudompassorn and other seniors.
The four unique dances represent the northern, central, northeastern, and southern
part of Thailand. The practice takes place three times a month from 6 p.m. until
9 p.m. at the Marco Polo. Chanaudompassorn provides the actual Thai costumes,
which he brought from Thailand.
Another benefit of joining the club is the chance to learn how to carve fruit.
Phumnat Julnipitawong, who has been learning fruit carving from Thailand for
many years, said it “takes patience and a lot of practice, but once you
know how to do it, you want to keep doing it.” Watermelon is his specialty.
Last Intercultural Day, he carved a few watermelons into the shape of a fruit
bowl and a flower. His display of them at the Thai booth impressed many people
who walked by.
The Thai club is free and open to all HPU students. For contact information,
visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-561-8388.
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