HPU News for 2012

PHOTOS: HPU celebrates commencement


December 19, 2012
Students participating in commencement are part of a graduating class of more than 700, in disciplines ranging from computer science to anthropology to marine biology.

Hawai‘i Pacific, Oceanic Institute grieve loss of Sen. Inouye


December 17, 2012
Leadership, faculty, staff and students of Hawai‘i Pacific University today joined with colleagues around the islands and the nation in mourning the passage of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Former HPU student body president, Romney staffer speaks at alma mater


December 10, 2012
Former Hawai‘i Pacific University Student Body President Tim Lussier went from being a new graduate to serving as "Western Regional Digital Media Manager" for Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in a matter of months. He returned to his alma mater on Monday, Dec. 10, to share the story of his six months in the trenches of a hard-fought presidential race.

Gov. Abercrombie to offer commencement address for HPU


December 05, 2012
When 482 students assemble on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to take part in Hawai’i Pacific University's winter graduation ceremony, they’ll hear a commencement address from a man who has dedicated nearly four decades of public service to the people of this state, Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Safety fund established at HPU in honor of Mariah Danforth-Moore


November 20, 2012
The family of a Hawai'i Pacific University student who tragically died one year ago today in an accident on Kamehameha Highway has established a fund at the university to help defray the costs of making the pedestrian crossing where she was killed a safer place for all travelers.

Deadline approaches for Vaughan poetry award


November 19, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University is accepting entries for the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry until Dec. 15.

HPU & IIE Launches Myanmar Higher Education Initiative


November 19, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University and eight other U.S. universities to develop academic partnerships and rebuild higher education capacity in Myanmar.

HPU student team wins computing competition for fourth time, shows well nationally


November 06, 2012
HPU student team wins computing competition for fourth time, shows well nationally

HPU returns to defend title at major computer programming competition


November 02, 2012
Students from Hawai’i Pacific University and their counterparts from schools throughout the Western United States and Canada will gather at Brigham Young University-Hawaii tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3) for the 2012 Pacific NW Regional ACM Programming Contest – a test of skill for leading computer programming students.

Recent HPU Graduate, Marcie Kagawa, Wins SPJ Internship


November 02, 2012
Marcie Kagawa, who graduated last semester from HPU, has won a paid Society of Professional Journalists internship at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser beginning this month.

Marine sciences student sails into the ‘Garbage Patch’


November 02, 2012
A Hawai‘i Pacific University student has spent a month on Pacific sea cruise. Sound cushy or luxurious? Not when she is examining firsthand the serious ecological problem of ocean debris.

HPU grads get career help to join a recovering economy, as employers show new interest


October 25, 2012
HPU’s Career Services Center had a strong response to the annual Health Science and Social Services Career Fair, held at the Hawaii Loa Campus on Oct. 24. Thirty-two companies ranging from Hawaii Pacific Health, Department of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sought potential employees from Hawai‘i Pacific University. (A list of participating companies can be found at www.hpu.edu/CareerServices/Students/hssscareerfair.html.)

HPU student selected as one of the 'Top 15 Social Media Personalities in Hawaii'


October 17, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University senior Thomas Obungen has been selected as one of the "Top 15 Social Media Personalities in Hawaii." He will be recognized at the 2012 Social Media Awards, during the Hawaii Social Media Summit at Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Oct. 17.

New paper details Hawai‘i and Hawaiians’ surprising roles in the U.S. Civil War


October 16, 2012
New research published by a Hawai‘i Pacific University history professor documents the significant role of Hawaiians in the war for the first time, confirming more than 100 Hawaiian soldiers and sailors who served in the conflict.

Tsunami Warning Downgraded to Advisory


October 27, 2012
UPDATE: Tsunami Warning Downgraded to Advisory A tsunami warning is in effect for all Hawaiian islands. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the first wave is expected to arrive at 10:28 p.m. (HST). The tsunami warning comes after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands region at 5:04 p.m. (HST). Anyone in a tsunami evacuation zone is urged to evacuate. Anyone who is not in a zone is urged to stay off of the road and away from the shoreline. Please stay tuned to your local news for further updates and instructions.

HPU scientists pioneer research on rare whale


October 09, 2012
New research from Hawai‘i Pacific University on a rarely documented whale has central Pacific scientists on alert for a disease which may affect the mortality rate of dolphins and other marine mammal species.

Author Richard Dawkins spoke to a capacity crowd at HPU’s ‘Aloha Shaka Con’


October 05, 2012
Celebrated scientist, noted author, coiner of the word “meme” and all-around intellectual Richard Dawkins kicked off a U.S. tour in Honolulu on Wed., Oct. 3, at “Aloha Shaka Con,” and spoke to a 400 plus capacity crowd sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance of Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Noted biologist Richard Dawkins to speak at HPU' s ‘Aloha Shaka Con’


September 27, 2012
Celebrated scientist, noted author, coiner of the word “meme” and all-around intellectual Richard Dawkins will kick off a U.S. tour in Honolulu on Wed., Oct. 3, at “Aloha Shaka Con,” a “Freethought Convention” sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance of Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Marshall Islands president visits HPU


September 21, 2012
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak met with Hawai‘i Pacific University President Geoffrey Bannister to talk about future cooperation with the university, Sept. 21.

HPU again among nation’s top ‘Military Friendly Schools’


September 19, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University has been named again as one of the nation’s most military friendly campuses in a listing published on the G.I. Jobs website by Victory Media, a media outlet focused on helping military personnel transition into civilian life.

HPU takes on energy challenge with Kukui Cup


September 18, 2012
Residents at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Hawai‘i Loa Campus kicked off the inaugural HPU Kukui Cup challenge Sept. 17.

HPU seeks poems for Vaughan Award competition


September 12, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University is accepting entries for the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry.

Water service restoration underway at HLC


September 05, 2012
Water service restoration underway at Hawaii Loa Campus, normal operations expected for tomorrow

Hawai‘i Pacific University begins 47th year


September 04, 2012
Classes begin today for Hawai‘i Pacific University, the state’s largest private, not-for-profit university enrolling some 8,000 students from the United States and more than 80 foreign nations.

HPU scientist shares innovative research of Kīlauea Volcano lava


August 23, 2012
A Hawai‘i Pacific University environmental scientist is on the Big Island, sharing insights gleaned from studying lava from one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

HPU contributes to ‘Winged Ambassadors’ ocean stewardship lesson


August 22, 2012
A high-tech science instruction package focused on teaching children in grades 5 – 12 about seabirds is newly available for teachers and students, thanks to a consortium including researchers and educators from Hawai‘i Pacific University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other key partners.

HPU GreenRide aims to increase carpools, lower emissions


August 17, 2012
As part of continuing efforts to use resources wisely and efficiently — among the principles guiding HPU’s sustainability initiatives — the university has rolled out the new HPU GreenRide program.

HPU Welcomes Two Additional Fulbright Recipients


August 02, 2012
Two newly announced Fulbright scholarship recipients will raise to four the number of those scholars at Hawai‘i Pacific University this fall and add to the university’s legacy of success with Fulbright programs.

HPU Professor Publishes Book on Contemporary Asia


July 30, 2012
HPU Professor William Sharp publishes a collection of essays written for the general reader who wishes to know more about contemporary Asian affairs.

Watch HPU's TV Spot During the Summer Olympics


July 26, 2012
Watch HPU's TV spot that will be aired during the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

HPU hosts forum on U.S. and Asia-Pacific relations


July 24, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University is hosting a special forum that will focus on the United States' relationships with China and India on July 26.

Governor signs special purpose revenue bond for HPU


July 11, 2012
Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week signed a bond issue passed by the state legislature earlier this spring that will help Hawai‘i Pacific University raise as much as $120 million for critical capital projects at its three locations around O‘ahu.

HPU Names New Associate Vice President for Alumni


July 10, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University has named Cassie R. Carter, Ph.D., a longtime leader in higher education fund raising and in science education as a new associate vice president for Alumni and University Relations.

HPU hosts senior Brunei delegation in partnership discussions


July 01, 2012
Senior Hawai‘i Pacific University leaders met with Brunei Ambassador to the United States Dato Yusoff Abd Hamid and Education Attaché Sofry Othman Thursday to explore student, faculty and research exchanges between HPU and Brunei organizations. The meeting was the first in what promises to be a mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationship between the university and the Southeast Asian nation.

HPU student selected for Fulbright


June 29, 2012
Incoming Hawai‘i Pacific University graduate student Kelly Ratana was recently named a 2012 Foreign Fulbright scholarship recipient. Ratana, of New Zealand, will pursue a Master of Science in Marine Science at HPU.

Oceanic Institute makes administrative changes in service of feed project


June 27, 2012
Citing a need to focus energies on an aquaculture and livestock feed research project that could pay significant dividends for Hawai‘i, as well as other domestic and international concerns, the Oceanic Institute is reorganizing leadership to help move that project forward.

Richard Hunter joins HPU Board of Trustees


June 22, 2012
Longtime retail executive and consultant Richard Hunter has been elected a new member of the Hawai‘i Pacific University Board of Trustees, Board Chairman Michael J. Chun announced.

HPU alumnus tapped for key fellowship by Wilson Foundation, U.S. Dept. of State


June 19, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University alumnus Lance Jackson has been selected for a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship – a program administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the U.S. Department of State.

HPU Student Selected for Congressional Internship


June 15, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University student Ladimir Geake is one of only four students nationwide accepted into a prestigious internship in Washington, D.C.

HPU Students Participate at National Advertising Competition


June 15, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University advertising and public relations students participated in the recent American Advertising Federation’s 2012 National Student Advertising Competition in Austin, Texas.

History Professors Examine Cross-Cultural Encounters in New Book


June 08, 2012
Two Hawai‘i Pacific University history department professors have authored a new book offering a fresh, accessible perspective on how cultures intersect – a topic of growing international focus, as connections between people and nations increasingly provide new opportunities and generate complex conflicts.

HPU programs certified by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


June 01, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University successfully completed its first certification from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

HPU Professor Heads Hawai‘i Fulbright Organization


May 23, 2012
Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., chairman of the Hawai‘i Pacific University Department of Social Sciences, has been elected president of the Hawai‘i chapter of the Fulbright Association.

More than 950 students graduate from HPU


May 18, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University conferred associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 950 graduates in the Spring 2012 class at its 78th commencement ceremony May 17 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

HPU graduate earns prestigious NOAA marine policy fellowship


May 15, 2012
A scientist who earned her masters degree in marine science last year from Hawai‘i Pacific University has been awarded a year-long Washington, D.C., fellowship through which she is working with federal government leaders on key marine policy issues affecting the entire nation.

HPU to Celebrate 78th Commencement Ceremony


May 09, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University will confer associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 900 graduates in the Spring 2012 class. The 78th commencement ceremony is scheduled at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

Learn Key Points of HPU Strategic Plan


May 07, 2012
Learn Key Points of HPU Strategic Plan

Outstanding HPU students honored at Light Up the Night


May 04, 2012
At the fourth annual Light Up the Night reception, presented by the Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs, 45 outstanding student leaders were recognized for their contribution to our University.

Light Up the Night 2012


May 03, 2012
At the fourth annual Light Up the Night reception, presented by the Center for Student Life & First-Year Programs, 45 outstanding student leaders were recognized for their contribution to our University.

HPU Students Bound for National Advertising Competition


May 02, 2012
A team of Hawai‘i Pacific University students recently won an advertising competition and will represent Hawai‘i in a national contest.

HPU Students Help Foster Children


May 01, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University students, in collaboration with Family Programs Hawaii, recently facilitated “HeART of Our Keiki,” an art workshop for children and youth in foster care.

HPU Spring Concerts Conclude this Friday


April 25, 2012
The Hawai‘i Pacific University Orchestra takes the stage for “From Bach to Bartók” on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m., at Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou Street.

HPU Celebrates 28th Annual Intercultural Day


April 24, 2012
HPU Celebrates 28th Annual Intercultural Day

Fighter pilot shares flight plan to business success


April 20, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomed Gayle Gardner, president of the U.S. War Veterans Foundation, for an inspirational presentation on tenacity in the military and private sector April 18.

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Restructure Cheer, Dance Teams


April 18, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University to Restructure Cheer, Dance Teams

Students enjoy lunch with Dr. B.


April 17, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University students lunched with President Geoffrey Bannister, Ph.D., at the Hawai‘i Loa campus Dining Commons, April 16.

HPU Celebrates 28th Annual Intercultural Day


April 17, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University will celebrate its 28th annual Intercultural Day on Friday, April 20, beginning 10 a.m. on Upper Fort Street Mall.

Hawai‘i Pacific University announces leadership changes in Academic Affairs


April 17, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University leadership announced today that Academic Affairs Vice President John Kearns, the institution’s senior academic officer for the past five years, is stepping down to return to the faculty.

HPU Cheerleaders Win 10th Consecutive National Championship


April 13, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University’s large and small co-ed cheer teams took first place in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Friday, April 13.

HPU Student Awarded National College Honor Society Scholarship


April 12, 2012
HPU junior Emily Tregelles recently was awarded a scholarship from the Alpha Chi national college honor society.

Welcome back, Sea Warriors!


January 30, 2012
The first week of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s spring semester ended with a bang. The national award-winning HPU Cheer and Dance teams performed at Fort Street Mall, as part of the spring Club Carnival and Pep Rally Jan. 27.

HPU selects recipient of Vaughan poetry award


January 13, 2012
Susan Lee St. John of Kailua has been named the recipient of the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Memorial Services to be Held for John Heckathorn Tuesday


January 10, 2012
Memorial services to be held for John Heckathorn Tuesday

Constitutional scholar speaks at HPU


February 17, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomed constitutional law expert Ilya Shapiro, of the Cato Institute, for a discussion about the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 15.

HPU students ‘Live Hawai‘i’


February 07, 2012
The “Live Hawai‘i” field trips around O‘ahu have returned. The spring excursions begin this Saturday, Feb. 11, with a trip to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

HPU instructor named to Chinese university advisory board


February 03, 2012
Dr. William Keli‘i Akina, HPU adjunct instructor of philosophy and humanities, was recently presented with a certificate naming him to the advisory board of the Sihai Confucius Academy in Beijing, China.

HPU hosts annual writing workshops


February 02, 2012
Award-winning writer Tyler McMahon will speak at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 15th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops. The workshops will be held on Saturday, March 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Cooke Academic Center at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus in Kaneohe.

Paula Fuga rings in spring at HPU


March 23, 2012
Musicians Paula Fuga and Mike Love sang for hundreds of listeners at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Music on the Mall March 22.

Students promote health and safety


March 19, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University held a health and safety fair at upper Fort Street Mall March 16.

A date with history


March 15, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University history student David Rosehill took first prize for best paper using primary sources at the 28th annual Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference.

HPU welcomes guests from Yamagata University


March 08, 2012
Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomed guests from Yamagata University, Japan on March 5.

Legislation takes spotlight at HPU presentation


March 05, 2012
A forum presented by the Hawaii Pacific University College of Business Administration and hosted by Students in Free Enterprise at the The Plaza Club Feb. 21 was part of the Pappas Entrepreneurial Lecture Series and addressed legislative impacts on Hawai‘i’s entrepreneurial community.