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by Kalamalama staff


Since its inception in 1984, HPU’s Intercultural Day has grown into one of the premier University events of the year. This year, according to the organizing Council of Countries, the 22nd Annual Intercultural Day will be on April 21.

“ With more than 100 countries represented on campus, the event will be a stunning and colorful celebration of a vast array of cultures and diversity,” said Anne Newton, Council of Countries advisor.

Participation in the events of Intercultural Day is open to all students, and participation forms are currently being accepted in the International Center, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100.
“ Whether you are part of a large student cultural organization, or the only person from your country at HPU, the Council of Countries Intercultural Day Committee would like your involvement in this exciting event!” Newton said.

The schedule of events for this year’s Intercultural Day includes:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: International Exhibits

Fort Street Mall will come alive with cultural exhibits showcasing the many cultures found at HPU. These exhibits will be designed and presented through the use of photos, artifacts, costumes, and activities illustrating the unique qualities of the countries of HPU’s students.

11:30 a.m.: International Parade
HPU students will take to the streets of downtown Honolulu in a festive parade representing the many nations that comprise the University. Students will dress in traditional national costumes and carry national flags and banners. Some countries will even sing native songs and chants along the parade route.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: International Performances
The students of HPU will take to the stage on Fort Street Mall to perform traditional music and dance from their countries. This afternoon of cultural performances will be kicked off by the HPU International Vocal Ensemble.

“ For more information on how you can participate in Intercultural Day 2006, or ideas on how you can represent your country,” Newton said, students should call the International Center at 543-8088. And she reminded participants: “Exhibit booth locations will be selected in the order in which participation forms are received.”


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