HPU President Chatt G. Wright honored 40 new President’s
Host on March 13 at the Waialae Country Club. Wright selected
the newly inducted students to serve as ambassadors of HPU
at various social and business functions throughout the year.
The induction ceremony was hosted by President and Mrs. Wright,
and featured chamber music as the background to an extensive
buffet that allowed the newly selected students, and the faculty
and staff who nominated them, to mingle with current President’s
Hosts, administrators, and other faculty and staff.
Administrators from Student Affairs introduced the Wrights,
who then proceeded to personally welcome each student with
a gift of HPU logo wear as they introduced themselves.
This is my favorite part (of the ceremony),” said Wright, “hearing
all the presentations from the students being inducted.”
The ceremony concluded with a raffle for more HPU gear and
photo opportunities for students with the Wrights.
The students were nominated by HPU faculty and staff on the
basis of their achievements in and outside the classroom.
Then, according to Student Life’s Leadership Development
Coordinator, Reid Kuioka, each student was interviewed by a
selection committee in which “all had an equal part in
the selection process.”
We collected the nominations/applications from the potential
candidates,” Kuioka explained, “and then proceeded
with a one-on-one interview with each nominated student, followed
by a discussion of all the candidates.” After discussion,
the committee members made recommendations for President Wright
to consider on who should be selected as Hosts.
The process doesn’t stop with the induction, Kuioka added: “It
is my responsibility to help provide opportunities for the
President’s Hosts to showcase their abilities and develop
as student leaders. So, hopefully, we can expand the potential
of these exemplary students and increase participation.”
We are thrilled with the 40 new President’s Hosts,” said
Marites Fiesta, the new dean for Student Life and First Year
Programs. “We look forward to their many contributions
to the HPU community,” she added, and “we appreciate
the involvement of faculty and staff who continue to nominate
At the fall President’s Hosts induction ceremony, former
Director of Student Life Jenni Matheson said that over the
past 22 years more than 900 students have been selected for
Those selected best exemplify the spirit and diversity of HPU,” Matheson
The following are the new President’s Hosts: