Fort Street Mall was lined with students at
colorful booths as clubs vied for the attention of students
at HPU’s Club Carnival. Nearly every booth had something
to catch people’s attention: balloons, flags, candy,
pictures of past events, native costumes, posters, or games
for students to play. The Japanese Association’s game
of “fishing” included catching a “fish”(an
envelope) filled with candy and a phone card.
Overall, 43 student clubs were represented ranging from one of
the oldest—the Swedish Student Association—to two
of the newest clubs: the Apple Club and the Sustainability Club,
which offered yogurt and water served in biodegradable cups,
plates, and silverware.
[Our] main goal is to make HPU a more balanced community,” said
club founder, Mike Davis, who pushed for the windward campus
to begin a recycling program and began the Sustainability Club
this summer. The organization now is looking for people interested
in helping our environment. There are no club fees for the Sustainability
Club, Davis said.
Eric Thornburg, the founder of the Apple Club encouraged students
I’ll fix your Mac, or try to,” said Thornburg.
The Apple Club is free, and owning a Mac is not required. Its
meetings are on the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and Thornburg is working on getting a classroom on
the downtown campus. At meetings, members will learn how to use
their Macs, play with Wii, watch movies, and get tech support.
The club offers new members a chance to win one of three free
The Swedish Student Association enticed students with a Bar-B-Q
dinner, an annual ‘80’s party, and the famous, annual
Scandinavian Christmas Party.
We just have a lot of fun,” said member, Martina Melin. “Fun
people, good events, everyone is happy, great spirit,” she
We’re the best club,” added Alexandra Yllo, another
member. Students don’t necessarily have to be Swedish to
A lot of people from anywhere [join],” said Melin.
Club Carnival was not just about the clubs. It was also a pep
rally, and the HPU band performed a selection of songs which
included “Broadway.” The cheerleaders also performed
along with Sharky, the HPU mascot.
This is one of two club carnivals held each year, at the beginning
of every semester. If you couldn’t make it, or you would
like to find out about clubs that were not represented, visit
www.hpu.edu and click on Student Life.