International students from around the world
dressed in their country’s traditional attire and set
up booths on both sides of the mall to showcase their homelands
through cultural artifacts, photographs, educational materials,
food, and dance.
At 11:30, students from most of HPU’s more than 100 different
countries lined up on the mall and then, carrying national flags
and banners and singing native songs and chants, paraded through
downtown Honolulu to King Street, over to Alakea, up to Beretania,
and back to Fort Street.
Following the parade, students and thousands of visitors from
throughout the islands as well as from the mainland gathered
to witness lively stage performances of traditional dances and
music from around the world. The afternoon of cultural performances
was kicked off by the HPU International Vocal Ensemble
Intercultural Day is a wonderful opportunity for the community
to experience and learn from the cultural diversity of Hawai‘i
Pacific University,” said Ann Newton, director of International
Student Services and advisor of the Council of Countries, which
organizes the event every year.
With more than 100 countries represented on campus, the event
is always a stunning and colorful celebration of cultural diversity,” Newton
Established in 1984, Intercultural Day has evolved into one of
Hawai‘i’s largest intercultural activities. This
year’s event was HPU’s largest, due in part to an
HTA grant from the City and County of Honolulu.