Despite the early morning rain Sept 15, or
the scorching heat that followed, more than 20 clubs were out
recruiting members. The president of the Latinos Unidos Club,
Melissa Mejia, said the rain was a setback, but people wiped
down the wet tables and continued to set up their booths.
Many ethnic clubs were represented, including one that is trying
to make a comeback: the Proud to Be Filipino Club is especially
appropriate in this year of the Hawai‘i-Filipino centennial.
Julie Rubi Fernandez said that she chose HPU to continue her
education, but was puzzled why HPU did not have a Filipino Club.
There are so many Filipinos attending HPU, yet there is no Filipino
Club,” Fernandez said. The Filipino Club was last active
in 2001, and Fernandez was stopping every Filipino she saw and
encouraging them to sign up.
People at the Taiwanese Students Association table said that
most of their members are Taiwanese students, but that students
don’t have to be Taiwanese to join. They also hinted that
for students who are learning Chinese, the club is a good place
Borealis, HPU’s Norwegian Student Association is for those
interested in European cultures. Hans Petter, the club treasurer
said: “We want to unite students from all countries.” He
added that a lot of Americans have Norwegian ancestors, and many
of them join this club in order to connect with their cultural
heritage. “It’s also a good way to meet Swedish and
Danish students,” said Petter. The club Web site, boredis.priv.no/
lists activities planned this semester, including a BBQ, a social
cruise, community service, and fundraising.
For those students who like to hike, there’s the Hiking
Aloha Aina Club. President Blade Shephard-Jones described it
as a fun-filled activity with hikes around the island. Shepard-Jones
said: “It’s a good way to meet new friends and to
see O‘ahu. It’s a good outdoor activity, and when
you spend a lot of time indoors and taking tests, hiking is a
good way to relive stress.”
For students interested in an academic type of club, Toastmasters
might be a good choice. This club is for developing public speaking
skills, overcoming nervousness, and building self-confidence.
Club president, Jeffery Sunato said that if students lack self-confidence,
the club can teach them how to speak in public so that they can
get used to it. Toastmaster activities include weekly meetings,
conferences, and a regional speech contest.
HPU’s Club Carnival also offered opportunities to spread
the news about good causes. Alumnus Jonathan Riel, with a B.S.
in biology, was at the Pre-Med Club table to help sign members
to the Colleges against Cancer Association, an affiliate with
the American Cancer Association. Riel caught many people’s
attention by yelling, “Come and get some free protection,” while
handing out packets of sunscreen.
The Carnival included booths for organizations providing services
to HPU students, such as the clothing company, Hollister, which
was recruiting employees.
Other booths represented political parties for the upcoming primary
election, and GT Wireless partnered with Rick Rock Productions
to display the new Helio phone and promote upcoming club events.
The Club Carnival ended with performances by HPU’s band,
dancers, and cheerleaders.
Leanna Overstreet, a third-year advertising major who was roaming
Fort Street Mall with friends, said: “I love Club Carnival
because this is where we get to see the diversity that HPU has
to offer.” First-year engineering student Natasha Anatalio
called the Club Carnival “a great opportunity to get involved.” Students
who missed event but still want to get involved can check out
Student Life on the HPU Web site.