Courtland Milloy, a reporter for
The Washington Post, once said of Thanksgiving that “Nothing
purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude
for having friends and family present.” But when you
live in Hawai‘i, at least 3,000 miles, and probably more,
from home, family, and friends, a sense of gratitude is harder
to come by, especially over the Thanksgiving holiday.
For students who find themselves having to spend Thanksgiving
alone, or with just a few close friends, HPU offers a generous
alternative: a traditional American-style Thanksgiving meal for
students, faculty, and staff at the Sea Warrior Center on Thanksgiving
Day, Nov. 27.
Dinner includes the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes, and
gravy, stuffing, yams, pumpkin pie, and much more. Reverend Dr.
Dale Burke, HPU chaplain and director of its student Foodbank,
and the ASHPU staff are organizing the meal as an alternative
to the turkey TV dinners that some students might have already
This meal is for students who find themselves alone during the
holiday,” Burke said. “We will provide a nice dinner
for some students who can’t make it home,” he added,
noting that only 115 can be seated for the meal.
Students who are interested should purchase tickets as soon as
possible,” Burke said.
Tickets went on sale on Nov. 10 on Fort Street Mall. An ASHPU
grant brought down their cost to $5 each.
The event begins with an optional chapel service at 11 a.m. led
by Reverand Dr. Dale Burke followed by lunch at noon in the Sea
“Come and join us for football, nice company, and a great meal,” Burke
said. “Don’t settle for spending Thanksgiving without the company
of a big group of welcoming people.”
Burke encouraged students to step out of their apartments and join him, ASHPU,
and fellow students for a generous meal. Take it from German philosopher, Meister
Eckhart, he said: “If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank
you,’ that would suffice.”
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action, so for more information contact
Burke at email@example.com.