HPU In the News

HPU In The News

Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management on the NFL Pro Bowl's impact (Hawaii News Now)
Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D., interviewed about the NFL Pro Bowl and what it means to Hawaii. More… 

Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) welcomes new tenants (Hawaii News Now)
Nashville Waikiki and Palama Express are open for business. More…

Biology faculty comments on whale migration delay (Hawaii Public Radio)
Associate Professor of Biology Kristi West, Ph.D., mentions warmer water temperatures in the north as a possible reason for the whale migration delay. More…

Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management shares insights on economic impact of the Honolulu Marathon (Pacific Business News)
Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D., shares his insights and research on the economic impact of the marathon. More…

Communication professor interviewed about Gov. Ige’s promises (Civil Beat)
Professor of Communication John Hart, Ph.D., reviews what Gov. Ige promised to the people of Hawai‘i upon taking office a year ago and Hart says Ige delivered. More…

Hawaii high school seniors can qualify for full 4-year scholarships to HPU through #HPUBiz4Good Challenge (Hawaii Web Blog/Hawaii Public Radio)
Steven Hanneman of the HPU College of Business spoke about #HPUBiz4Good on Hawaii Public Radio's ByteMarks Cafe. More...

Environmental scientist joins conversation on "Success Beyond GDP" (Hawaii Public Radio)
Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., was part a Town Square show discussing a defining line for success other than money. More...

Communication professor interviewed after Hawaii governor's statement on accepting Syrian refugees (KHON News)
Chair of the department of Communication John Hart, Ph.D., was interviewed after Hawaii Gov. Ige said he would accept Syrian refugees. More...

HPU team wins regional programming contest (Hawaii Star)
A team from Hawaii Pacific University won the Hawaii site of the 2015 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), Pacific Northwest region. More...

False killer whale found on Hawaii Island died of natural causes (KHON News)
Kristi West, head of the Hawai‘i Pacific University’s marine mammal stranding program, comments on the rare stranding. More...

Political scientist  on the aftermath of the Paris attacks (Hawaii Public Radio)
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Professor of Political Science, Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., shared his thoughts on the safety of Hawaii, on The Conversation. More...

Political scientist on refugees and Hawaii (KHON News)
Associate Professor of Political Science, James Primm, Ph.D., commented to KHON in response to Hawaii Governor Ige's statement on Syrian refugees. More...

Oceanic Institute of HPU first in the world to rear yellow tang in captivity (KHON News)
Breakthrough research by Chad Callan, Ph.D., and the Finfish program team at OI of HPU led to the first yellow tang reared in captivity. More...

Communication faculty comments on congressional fundraising (Civil Beat)
Communication Professor John Hart, Ph.D., was interviewed by Civil Beat. He commented on the fundraising of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, and Rep. Mark Takai and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

HPU team participates in Men’s March Against Violence (Hawaii News Now)
Members of the HPU ‘ohana joined approximately a thousand people marching in support of non-violence. President Bannister was among the community leaders interviewed. More...

Environmental scientist looks at alternatives to cool Hawaii classrooms (Hawaii Public Radio)
Hawaii Public Radio interviews Stephen Allen, Ph.D., of Environmental Science, about solutions for Hawaii's hot classrooms. More…

Physics professor works on neutrino map (Science Friday)
Steve Dye, Ph.D., speaks about mapping out neutrino hotspots here on Earth. He was part of a team that published a new map that characterizes the Earth’s radioactivity. More…

HPU psychologist discusses this season’s “hurricane fatigue”
Katherine Aumer, Ph.D., interviewed about “hurricane fatigue on KITV News and Hawaii Public Radio.

HPU welcomes its first student residents to the Waterfront Lofts
Watch interviews and footage from the Waterfront Lofts at Aloha Tower Marketplace, as it opens to students: Hawaii News Now and KHON News.

Aloha Tower’s Second Chance (Hawaii Public Radio)
Pacific Business News Editor in Chief, A. Kam Napier, speaks about PBN's coverage on the revitalized Aloha Tower Marketplace, via Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

A look inside HPU's renovation of Aloha Tower Marketplace (Pacific Business News)
Pacific Business News slideshow: A look inside HPU's renovation of Aloha Tower Marketplace. More…

College of Liberal Arts Dean analyzes importance of first Republican presidential debate (Hawaii Public Radio)
HPU political scientist Dr. David Lanoue discusses the Republican ‪‎presidential‬ debate and why it's potentially significant for ‪‎voters‬ and candidates. More…

Latest on the Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) transformation project (Hawaii News Now)
HNN provides an update on the ATM revitalization project including a sneak peek inside the  Waterfront Lofts student housing rooms, which are complete except for finishing touches, and there is footage of the downstairs university and community usage spaces. The project is on schedule and on budget, and students are scheduled to move into the lofts on August 24. Broadcast, including an interview of University Relations VP Sam Moku, here.

Associate Professor of History promotes event focusing on Hawai‘i and the U.S. Civil War (Hawaii Public Radio)
Justin Vance, Ed.D., co-author of a chapter in the new National Park Service book, “Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War,” was interviewed by HPR’s The Conversation in advance of a Friday, July 17, event held at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. At the event, Vance participated in a discussion on Pacific Islanders and their contribution to the American Civil War. Interview here.

Professor of Communication on media coverage of homelessness (Hawaii Public Radio)
John Hart, Ph.D., joins The Conversation, shared his thoughts on media coverage of homelessness. Interview posted here.

Professor of Communication comments after a federal judge rules that Maui’s ban on GMOs is invalid (KHON)
“According to Hawaii Pacific University professor John Hart, it comes down to whether legislators from Maui, Kauai and Hawaii County are willing to change the state law to fall in line with what their counties want.” More…

Q&A with Executive Director of Athletics (MidWeek)
Vince Baldemor has had a connection to athletics since he was a child growing up in Ohio. Read the article here (page 8) on Baldemor, who is now the leader of HPU Athletics.

Aloha Tower Marketplace new restaurant and retail tenants announced (Various news outlets, multiple spots)
HPU has received commitments from several new tenants for space at the revitalized Aloha Tower Marketplace. PBN included a statement from Executive Vice President Janet Kloenhamer. The news was also covered by KITVKHON and Star-Advertiser (subscription required), and there was a second PBN article, quoting a representative of new tenant Palama Supermarket.

HPU among the supporters of Bikeshare Hawaii program (Star-Advertiser)
The state and city pledged $1 million each toward the Bikeshare Hawaii program, which is estimated to put 1,700 bicycles on Oahu roads in 2016. HPU is among the sponsors supporting the program (subscription required). More…

Women’s basketball standout drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters (KITV News)
Kylie Huerta, who earned All-Region and All-PacWest honors and who was named PacWest Tournament MVP, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. Huerta’s family sent KITV a video of her moments after she received her Globetrotters jersey. Watch her highlight video on the Harlem Globetrotters’ website.

Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management on summer travel (wallethub.com)
Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D., was one of the subject-matter experts contacted for this Q&A article, covering the summer travel outlook and budget-related considerations. Posted here.

Aloha Tower Marketplace revitalization project update (KHON)
Dean of Students Marites McKee provided the reporter a sneak peek at one of the five-person rooms at the Waterfront Lofts, and McKee and Vice President of University Relations Sam Moku were interviewed. More…

Associate Professor of Marketing shares update on travel2change (Metro Honolulu)
Thomas Kohler, Ph.D., co-founded the non-profit travel2change with a University of Hawaii researcher. In this story, the co-founders share background on their founding of the organization and “[their relaunch] last month to focus exclusively on the Islands, at least to start.” More…

Chair of Communication department on low voter turnout (Star-Advertiser)
“Hawaii ranked toward the middle of the pack in voter turnout…‘That doesn't necessarily mean our voting rates are increasing; it means others are going down,’ said John Hart…” (Subscription required.) More…

Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) revitalization project update (Pacific Business News)
HPU is on schedule to open the redeveloped ATM project to residential students on Aug. 24. The mixed-use project includes the Waterfront Lofts residential space, other university spaces and restaurant and retail spaces. More…

Chair of Diplomacy and Military Studies on nomination of chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (Voice of America Asia)
Patrick Bratton, Ph.D., was asked to comment on President Barack Obama’s nomination this week of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford. “…He has both a reputation as a very fast advancement through the ranks, and he's also well regarded as a fighting commander…,” said Bratton. More…

Men’s tennis coach and alumnus on his tennis journey through HPU (MidWeek)
Hendrik Bode (BSBA ’08, MBA ’10) tells his story of coming to Hawai‘i and the University from a small town in Germany. He was a leader on the court as a member of the tennis team, and now he is leading the way as head coach. More…

First Lady of Hawai‘i to deliver Commencement keynote address (MidWeek)
Dawn Amano-Ige will serve as the University’s 84th Commencement speaker in its 50th anniversary year. More…

Associate Professor of History named 2015 Hawaii History Educator of the Year (MidWeek)
Interim Dean of Military Campus Programs and Associate Professor Justin Vance, Ed.D., received this award administered by History Education Hawaii, Inc. Vance’s focus is on military history, and he is the co-author of “Pacific Islanders and the Civil War,” a section of a recently published book. More…

Engaging with the community to address homelessness (Civil Beat)
Completing a week of community engagement activities at HPU focused on homelessness, HPU President Geoffrey Bannister invites others to join the University in the beginning of a journey to make the community a better place for all citizens. More...

Associate Professor of History interviewed about ‘Bells across the Land’ commemorating end of Civil War (Hawaii Public Radio)
Interim Dean of Off-Campus Programs/Military Campus Programs and Associate Professor Justin W. Vance, Ed.D., is interviewed about “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox.” More...

Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez (The Soloist) part of HPU's Homelessness Awareness Week
Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez, author of the "The Soloist," was interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio and KHON News.

Instructor of Social Work on homeless assistance (Hawaii Public Radio)
Instructor of Social Work Bill Hummel was part of a Town Square panel focused on the homeless, from the viewpoint of people on the front line. More...

Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Dean comments on DNA testing (KHON)
In coverage of the case involving the Maui man being charged with murdering two family members in a two-month timeframe, a reporter sought the expert opinion of Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. More...

Assistant Professor of English on process of writing, Ko‘olau Writers Workshop (Hawaii Public Radio)
Tyler McMahon, book author and organizer of HPU's annual writers workshop workshop, spoke about the habits and processes of writers and his own experiences with writing. He also points out the opportunity to network at the workshop with fellow writers. More...

HPU president on resiliency as it relates to broadband Internet (Hawaii Public Radio)
HPU President Geoffrey Bannister, Senator Kalani English and the Director of Strategic Partnerships U.S. Pacific Command Rich Berry were the guests on HPR’s Bytemarks Café. The topic of the discussion was broadband internet and its correlation to sustainability and resiliency in Hawaii. More...

HPU student and president on Hawaii as an educational destination (Hawaii Public Radio)
Listen to interviews of Sara Leide of ‎Sweden and President Geoffrey Bannister and learn what the state is doing to improve ‎international enrollment at local universities. More...

Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management on the Great Aloha Run and sports tourism (Hawaii News Now)
Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D., was interviewed by Howard Dicus in advance of Monday’s Great Aloha Run. Agrusa refers to the concept of event affinity and the draw to Hawai‘i over other destinations with sun, sand and sea — aloha spirit and the Hawaiian culture. More...

Associate Professor of Organizational Management asked to comment on Millennials (Hawaii Business magazine)
In this article about the characteristics of Millennials and how it impacts the workplace, Lindsey Gibson, Ph.D., provides insight. More...

HPU is the most diverse college in the U.S. (Fastweb)
HPU tops the Fastweb list as the most diverse college in the U.S. According to Fastweb, “when it comes to searching for the perfect college, diversity may not be a requirement at the top of your list, but it should be.” More…

Ecological economist at HPU comments on the value of nature (Hawaii Business)
Read what Associate Professor of Environmental Science Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., has to say about why you need to put a value on nature. She is also recognized for work with a UH researcher on the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). More…

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