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by Janel Foster, staff writer

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 planned.

“ 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 Warrior Center.

“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 dburke@hpu.edu.




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