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Pan Pacific Championship & Hawaii Cup - Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16, 2014


Escape to the paradise of Hawaii for sun, sand, surf, and debate! Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii invite you to participate in two tournaments over three days on the beautiful island of Oahu. The Hawaii Cup, a one-day, single elimination tournament will begin the weekend experience, followed by the 7th Annual Pan Pacific Championship. Both tournaments are open to U.S. and international colleges and universities providing an excellent opportunity for teams to prepare for the USU National Championship. These two events feature the beautiful setting of Honolulu, the welcoming atmosphere of both the largest public and private university in Hawaii, and challenging competition from around the world.

The Pan Pacific Championship will feature six preliminary debates and a break to the semifinal round. All rounds will be debated in WUDC format. The Co-Chief Adjudicators of last year’s tournament were Josh Martin, the CA for the 2013 National Championship and Daniel Hugo, a two-time finalist of the Pan Pacific Championship. The tab room director last year was Alfred Snider of the University of Vermont. The 2013 Pan Pacific Champions were from Loyola Marymount University and the 2013 Hawaii Cup Champions from Willamette University.

Early registration for the tournament will begin October 1, 2013 with the regular registration period opening December 1, 2013. Schools that register during the early registration period will be eligible for subsidized/free housing during the tournament. Places will be allocated in order of registration date and time. The last day of registration will be on Friday, February 1, 2014. Early registration is recommended and greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the tournament, travel, or Hawaii please do not hesitate to contact me. All of us at Hawaii Pacific University look forward to seeing you in February at the Hawaii Cup and Pan Pacific Championship.

Thomas Dowd
Director of Debate
Undergraduate Program Chair
Department of Communication
Hawaii Pacific University
1188 Fort Street, Suite 333
Honolulu HI, 96813
Phone: (808) 544-1464
E-mail: tdowd@hpu.edu

Registration Fees:
$100 per debate team and $40 per judge, coach and/or observer for the extended amenities package, which will include registration for both tournaments, local Hawaiian food,refreshments, and sponsored evening social events. The N-1 rule is enforced. The hired judging fee is $100 per team. A fee waiver or reduction is available to qualifying programs. All checks are payable to Hawaii Pacific University. All fees are due no later than event registration on Saturday, February 16, 2014.


Tentative Schedule:

Friday, February 14th-Hawaii Cup
9:30am Breakfast and Registration
10:00am Surfing and kayaking
11:00am Hawaii Cup - Round 1
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Hawaii Cup – Round 2
4:00pm Hawaii Cup – Final Round
5:30pm Awards
7:00pm Social TBA

Saturday, February 15th - Pan Pacific Championship - Rounds 1-4
8:00am Financial Registration and Breakfast
8:30am Adjudicator Meeting
9:00am Roll call and Hawaiian call to gather ceremony
9:30am Round 1
11:30am Round 2
1:00pm Lunch
2:30pm Round 3
4:45pm Round 4
Evening Social TBA

Sunday, February 16th - Pan Pacific Championship
9:00am Roll call and Breakfast
9:30am Round 5
11:30am Round 6
1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Semifinals
3:00pm Grand Final Debate and Award Ceremony
Evening Social TBA


HPU Pan Pacific Championship--February 18-20, 2011


The HPU Pan Pacific Championship is the largest college-level debating tournament in Hawaii. The tournament is open to U.S. and international colleges and universities.

The Pan Pacific Championship (PPC) will feature at least six preliminary debates and elimination rounds determined by the number of participants. All rounds will be debated in the British Parliamentary (World's Style) format. A workshop will be held on Friday for individuals new to this format. The event features the lush setting of Oahu, the welcoming atmosphere of Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), and challenging competition from around the world. Highlights from last year's tournament included fantastic debate, hula performances, Waikiki nightlife and a final round held at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Registration for the tournament is now open! View photos from past PPCs at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1143592758798.21544.1496864603&l=4686c42d4c

If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the tournament, travel, or HPU, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Debate, Thomas Dowd. We look forward to seeing you in February at the Pan Pacific Championship.

Thomas Dowd
Director of Debate
Undergraduate Program Chair
Department of Communication
Hawaii Pacific University
1188 Fort Street, Suite 333
Honolulu HI, 96813

Registration Fees:
$125 per debate team and $30 per judge, coach and/or observer for the extended amenities package (includes select meals, beverages and cultural receptions throughout the tournament, etc.)The N-1 rule is enforced. The hired judging fee is $250 per team. All checks are payable to Hawaii Pacific University. Local teams should inquire about Kama'aina rates. All fees are due no later than event registration on Friday, February 11 2011.

Lodging information:
TBD

To register, please contact Rose Helens-Hart with team and adjudicator/observer numbers.

Tentative Schedule:

**Special Note: Please indicate whether or not your teams/coaches/judges/observers are interested in attending the workshop.

Friday, February 18th
Optional Parliamentary Training Session--HPU Downtown Campus, FC 104 1-2:30pm
Evening Social at Vit's Hawaiian Steak House 7-9pm. (financial registration may be collected)

Saturday, February 19th Windward Hawaii Loa Campus (45-045 Kamehameha Hwy); Academic Center
8:15am Financial Registration
9:00am Adjudicator Meeting
9:30am Round 1
11:30am Round 2
1:00pm Lunch
2:30pm Round 3
4:45pm Round 4

Sunday, February 20th Windward Hawaii Loa Campus (45-045 Kamehameha Hwy); Academic Center
8:15am Check-in
9:00am Round 5
11:15am Round 6
1:00pm Lunch
2:15pm Semifinal Debate
4:00 Grand Final Debate and Award Ceremony Social


HPU Island Invitation--Dec 4th, 2010

The HPU Island Invitational has been moved to Fall. Three-person student teams are welcome to register and compete to bring the title back to HPU! After a split decision for UH last year, HPU debaters are eager for a rematch.  To register, contact Thomas Dowd tdowd@hpu.edu, Director of Debate.

This year's topics are:
1. Universities should not award athletic scholarships.
2. No religiously significant date should be deemed a federal holiday.
3. Cyber bullying should have the same punishment as physical assault.
4. Elections should be publicly funded.
5.Finals: Law enforcement's use of racial profiling to control illegal immigration is justified.

Tentative Schedule:

Registration    8:00-8:30 am Location: Upper Bishop Bldg (UB) 212, 1164 Bishop St.
Round1          8:30-9:45 am
Round 2         9:45-11:00 am
Lunch            11:00-11:45 am
Round 3         11:45-1:00 pm
Round 4         1:00-2:15 pm
Final Round    2:15-3:30 pm Location: Warmer Auditorium (penthouse), Lower Bishop Bldg, 1060 Bishop Street
Awards           3:30-4:00pm


UH Warrior Intramural Debate Tournament--Nov. 6th, 2010


Congratulations to HPU debaters Esther Smith, Cody Corcelius and Tim Lussier for winning the tournament and to HPU debater Melissa Swauncy for receiving the top individual speaker award.

Three-person student teams are welcome to register and compete at this UH sponsored tournament. Faculty, students and staff may serve as judges of the debates.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133365410045375 

Topics
Rd. 1 - The death penalty should be abolished
Rd. 2 - Dolphins, porpoises, and higher primates should have the same rights as human children
Rd. 3 - Islamophobia is a greater threat than terrorism to the U.S.
Final round - topic TBA

Schedule:
8:00-8:30 Registration, food - Spalding Hall
8:30-8:45 Judges orientation
 9:00-9:45 Round 1
10:30-11:15 Round 2
12:00 - 12:45 Round 3
1:00 - 1:45 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Final round/Awards

Basic rules:
Teams of three with six minute speaking times, 1st and last minute of each speech protected time without points of information (POIs) allowed. Speakers may stand quietly and wait to be recognized by an opposing speaker to ask a question. The speaker has full control over who he or she allows to ask a question. POIs should be limited to 15 seconds. Only materials compiled in advance allowed in rounds...no electronic devices to be used for prep the day of the tournament. More materials will be provided at time of registration.


HPU Island Invitational--April 24th, 2010


The HPU invitational debate tournament will be held on April 24th. All skill levels and Hawaii Colleges and Universities welcome. Pick your own partners and register as a team (get registration form here). Three students to a team and six minute speeches. For more information on format and debating please view our debating and judging packet.

This year's topics are:
1. Advertisements should be banned from children’s television programming.
2. A rail system should not be built on Oahu.
3. Online gamers consecutive playtime should be limited.
4. All citizens should be cataloged in a DNA database.
5. Finals: Amnesty should be granted to illegal immigrants.

Tentative Schedule:
Registration 8:00-8:30 am
Round 1 8:30-9:45 am
Round 2 9:45-11:00 am
Lunch 11:00-11:45 am
Round 3 11:45-1:00 pm
Round 4 1:00-2:15 pm
Final Round 2:15-3:30 pm
Awards 3:30-4:00pm


UH Warrior Intramural Debate Tournament--March 13th, 2010


Gear up to compete in the HPU Spring Downtown Showdown by participating in the UH Warrior Intramural Debate Tournament. Teams will be composed of 3 students each. Students will debate the following motions:

Rd. 1 - Fattening foods and beverages should be taxed.
Rd. 2 - President Obama has failed to deliver change.
Rd. 3 - Gambling should be legalized in Hawai’i.
Final round - topic TBA

Students are also eligible to register as judges for adjudication panels. Click here to print off and complete the registration form and return it to Rose Helens-Hart in MP 327. Click here for more information on the tournament. A complete tournament packet will be sent to registered teams.

Tournament will be held in the Shidler School of Business. Tentative schedule is below:
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Judges orientation
8:45 Round 1 announced
9:00-9:45 Round 1
10:15 round 2 announced
10:30-11:15 Round 2
11:45 Round 3 announced
12:00 - 12:45 Round 3
1:00 - 1:45 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Final Round and Awards


HPU 2009 Spring Downtown Showdown:


Topics:
Round 1: This House would pass the Akaka Bill.
Round 2: The House believes physician assisted suicide should be legal.
Round 3: This House would discourage the consumption of genetically modified organisms.
Round 4: This House believes that the United States should join the International Criminal Court.
Final Round: This House would relieve the debt of developing nations.

All competing students will debate in rounds 1-3. Your position of supporting or opposing the topic will be announced 15 minutes before each round so make sure you prepare arguments for both sides before the tournament! Depending on the number of teams, after three rounds, the top four debate teams will compete in the semi-final round. The winners of those rounds will move on to the final round and compete for the title of Spring Downtown Showdown Champions!

Useful information to prepare to debate or judge a debate tournament:
Preparing for your First Tournament;
Debating Basics;
Argument Construction;
Introduction to Debate and Judging Debate;
Rules of Debate.