My HPU Journey
Nathan Gulcynski - BSBA in Travel Industry Management, 2008
"I came to Hawai‘i Pacific University because I knew the university would immerse me in the diverse travel industry market. HPU provides the perfect combination of education and location for me to thrive in my field."
Uyen Nguyen - BSBA in Travel Industry Management, 2011
"Being an international student makes looking for internships or jobs very challenging in such a competitive economy. Personally, I was very lucky to have a counselor at the Career Services Center (CSC) help me with my first internship. She walked me through each step and helped me with the paper work. My internship at the Starwood Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (PK) took me to the right path by allowing me to meet a lot of people in the hospitality industry. Being offered a job when I was still in school was a moment of pride for me. I was lucky to get another chance to work at another Starwood property, the Sheraton Waikiki, and soon realized that the hotel industry is the right place for me to learn , to work, and to grow. In December 2011, after I graduated with a BSBA in Hotel Industry Management , I started working as a guest service agent at the PK with a great management team and awesome, hospitable co-workers. I am thankful that HPU made my life easier. So, I promised myself that I have to do well in this career so both the tourism industry and I can improve. Thank you again to HPU and the CSC team. I hope that one day when they look back, they can smile and know that they have done such a great job."
Bradford Harrison - BSBA in Management, 1985 BA in Social Science, 1985 MBA in Management, 1995
"I went to HPU for both my undergraduate and graduate programs, and now teach there part-time. HPU goes to great lengths to provide an outstanding learning environment, modern equipment, and qualified faculty. This is why I was pleased when my sons chose HPU for their studies. My wife, Dale, and I support HPU because we believe in the University, and we know that it provides a very high quality education."
Ida Killingberg - MBA, 2009
“My internship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts helped me gain the international experience I needed in order to get a good position within the hotel industry. Doing an internship as a part of your degree is incredibly valuable and it really makes a difference when applying for jobs in the future. I will always remember my two years as an MBA student at HPU. It was such an amazing experience both socially and professionally."