The HPU Spirit Club is composed
of 200-plus members consisting of students from across the
state of Hawai‘i, who have graduated from a Hawai‘i
high school, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and attend assigned HPU games
to show support for our team and University.
Members receive 50 percent tuition scholarship award for their
participation. It is renewable each year, but the students must
maintain their GPA and attend all required games, as well as
monthly meetings held the first Saturday of every month on the
Hawai‘i Loa campus. Members are also expected to volunteer
for activities such as the Special Olympics held in May and to
participate in other assigned University events such as Career
Fairs and Club Carnival, where they are expected to put themselves
to good use helping with setups and cleanups.
The Spirit Club program is run by Sharon Manibog, whose title
is the Leadership Development Coordinator and whose office is
located in the Student Life Office area, on the ground floor
of the MP building. Manibog defined the Spirit Club as “comprised
of energetic, motivated students who are responsible for promoting
HPU athletic teams and assisting the University in promoting
other campus events, such as pep rallies, health fairs, and Club
Carnivals.” She added that “members not only supply
volunteers for the many activities, but also provide support
in the form of banners and posters.”
Manibog was a student just last year, and a Spirit Club member,
so her perspective on the club is holistic. “I see the
whole spectrum of Spirit Club, not just the service portion as
a member,” she said. But being a member, she added, “actually
helped me to be a better coordinator of events.
It was a challenge to transition from a student,” she added, ”because
as a member I was a friend to most of the members.”
As Leadership Development Coordinator, Manibog is the glue that
keeps the program running, but she doesn’t do it alone.
Five student coordinators are elected each year, at an end-of-the-school-year
banquet in May, by the entire Spirit Club membership to serve
as group captains under Manibog. This year’s coordinators
are Chanelle Elisa Alohilani Opulento, Christina-Marie Carmen
Lopez, Ephraim David Ulep Botulan, Kelli Kame Serikaku, and Alice
Young Hie Ra.
Each coordinator is assigned a group, games, and activities for
the year and the members are required to participate in these
in order to retain their scholarships.
The HPU Spirit Club may seem like it is just fun and games with
your friends, but in reality it is fun, games, and hard work
with your friends for a good purpose! According to Manibog, applications
for the Spirit Club can be obtained from Hawai‘i
high school counselors or the HPU Admissions Office.
For more information regarding the Spirit Club, call Manibog
at 544-1116, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.