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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations


As an integral part of Hawai‘i’s military community, Hawai‘i Pacific University values and supports the U.S. armed forces.

HPU partnered in sponsoring the 22nd Annual Hawai‘i Military Appreciation Month Opening Ceremonies at the Pacific Aviation Museum at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, on April 26, as Hawai‘i’s military, business, and government leadership gathered to show their appreciation of our armed forces.

As a key sponsor of the event, HPU’s International Vocal Ensemble sang the National Anthem, “Hawai‘i Pono‘i,” and the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”

“ It was a great honor to have been asked to sing at the opening ceremonies for Military Appreciation Month.  The students and I felt privileged to sing at such an important and moving event,” said Susan Duprey, director of Choral Activities at HPU.  “My husband is in the Marine Corps, so I have an extra special place in my heart for events like this one.”

HPU’s affiliate, the Oceanic Institute, also provided shrimp for the dinner reception. Hawai‘i Pacific’s President’s Hosts served as escorts for the event’s attendees.

“ Hawai‘i Pacific University recognizes the importance higher education plays in building and maintaining the best-informed and most effective fighting force in the world,” said Bob Cyboron, dean of HPU Military Campus Programs. “Since the mid-1970’s HPU has been an integral part of the military community in Hawai‘i.”

Those in attendance included Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Timothy Keating, HPU President Chatt G. Wright, and Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i President Jim Tollefson.

“ Hawai‘i Pacific University is proud to support our armed forces, here at home and overseas,” said President Wright. “HPU has been serving Hawai‘i’s military for many years, and we look forward to maintaining our strong ties in the years to come.”

The opening ceremonies at the Pacific Aviation Museum kicked off a month-long calendar of events in May, including the Combined Military Band Concert on May 19, at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre; the Living History Day on May 19, at Ft. DeRussy; the Annual Military Recognition Luncheon on May 24, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village; and Military Day at the Honolulu Zoo on June 2.

In addition to the two main campuses and online, Hawai‘i Pacific University has six campuses located on military bases on O‘ahu including Hickam Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i-Camp Smith, Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i-Kane‘ohe Bay, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Schofield Barracks, and Tripler Army Medical Center.

Throughout the year, HPU military campuses offer accelerated, 10-week undergraduate and graduate courses in convenient formats at lunchtime, mornings, evenings, and weekends. Classes are also conducted in five- and two-and-one-half-week sessions.

“ Due to increased deployments and varied work schedules of our military family students HPU now delivers a quality, robust distance-learning program to complement its traditional classroom delivery method,” added Cyboron. “Members of our military ‘ohana can now achieve their education goals by taking online courses via the Internet wherever they are and on a time schedule that meets their needs—seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

All sites provide full service to students in the military campus programs by including registration, financial aid information, counseling, book and sundries sales, veterans benefits information, and administrative support.

Military personnel, their families, and Department of Defense employees are eligible for the military campus programs.

For more information on HPU’s Military Campus Programs, please call 544-0206.

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