HPU News for September 2011

Sharky’s Cove opens at HPU

September 27, 2011

Sharky's Cove opened Sept. 26.

Hawai‘i Pacific University chaplain the Rev. Dale Burke blesses Sharky’s Cove, as President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister and Dean of Students Marites McKee watch. Sharky’s Cove provides a meeting and resting place for downtown students.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University students welcomed a new downtown place to study or rest when Sharky’s Cove opened Sept. 26.

The new student facility is located at 1188 Fort Street Mall in the MP building, near HPU’s shuttle stop. It is furnished with sofas, numerous study carrels and computers, plus comfortable lounge chairs and a large screen television.

HPU President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister called Sharky’s Cove, “a way of thinking about student needs.”

He said he was glad to see the computers available for HPU students. “With the strengthened wireless network, I think that will help communications.”

“I’m really pleased with what the staff has done,” Bannister continued. “Congratulations for working hard this summer” to complete renovation of the space.

With that, the Rev. Dale Burke, HPU chaplain, blessed the new student area, which is also home to the Student Government Association and Commuter Services offices. 

Marites McKee, dean of students, said Sharky’s Cove “provides another venue for our students to gather together between classes, to mingle and hang out.”

“I’m equally excited about our three new sets of outdoor furniture, which seat 12,” she added.

Student Justin Jay Macadangdang is already a fan of Sharky’s Cove. He said he likes the relaxed feel. He was studying near the TV, but it was closed-captioned with the volume turned off.

“Sometimes, I need the quiet,” he said.

He found the location at the mall “very convenient and close to classes. It’s right there.”

Sharky’s Cove is open weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed during university holidays.

Sharky's Cove opened Sept. 26.

Justin Jay Macadangdang and James M. Cavin study in peace next to a
closed-captioned television at Sharky’s Cove.