The HPU community had the opportunity to visit
more than 20 different countries without leaving Fort Street
Mall on April 20. HPU’s 23rd annual Intercultural Day
was celebrated with booths displaying different cultural highlights
and traditions from each of the different countries that participated.
Students shared food, games, dances, and costumes from all
over the world, promoted pride for their countries, and sponsored
Students who walked by the country of France could donate a $1
to the Arthritis Foundation and be automatically entered to win
two tickets to Hawaiian Water Adventures valued at $70. Students
from Brazil gave a coupon for a free acai berry smoothie from
Vita Juice to anyone interested in learning the Forro, a traditional
It’s good to see students at our age so enthusiastic to
share their background,” said James Johnson, 24, a communication
major who was enjoying all the excitement.
The Black Student Union did a display of the Harlem Renaissance,
with music from Billie Holiday and poetry by Duke Ellington and
Langston Hughes. BSU President Justin Smith handed out “Red
Drank” Kool-Aid to thirsty students who were walking along
We just wanted to offer people something cool to drink,” Smith
said, “Black people love Kool-Aid and we wanted to share
what we like with others.”
The Irish Heritage Student Association created an “Irish
Pub” with “root” beer props, four-leaf clover
key chains, and Luck of the Irish bracelets. Ireland took second
place in the competition amongst all the different countries.
This was the first year that the Irish students participated.
It was important to us to do something new,” said Vice
President Alicia Kubert. “We had a lot of fun planning
and participating in this event.”
The Saudi Arabia booth took first prize in the competition and
enlightened students by translating and writing names in Arabic.
A parade of all the countries began at 11:30 a.m. at the mauka
end of the mall and proceeded through downtown with flags and
The parade was followed by the presentation of first-place trophies
to the school by the award-winning cheerleading and dance teams.
Dance performances by participating countries started at 1:30
p.m. and included traditional dances from Samoa, Thailand, Japan,
Poland, China, and the Middle East. The HPU resident advisors
reprised their award-winning Da Freakshow performance. The United
Samoan Organization took first place, as they have for the past
Saudi Arabia took first place in the booth competition.
Photo by Eddie London