HPU In the News

HPU In The News

Recent highlights

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 KITV, KHON 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)         
Last week, 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 (Various news outlets)

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 and read the HPU news release.

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…

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