30th HPU Intercultural Day showcases diversity, April 23

April 17, 2014

HPU is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the U.S.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University celebrates its 30th annual Intercultural Day, April 23. Free and open to the public, Intercultural Day transforms HPU’s urban campus in Downtown Honolulu into a dynamic international venue with interactive exhibits, activities and performances.

“Intercultural Day is a long-standing student tradition to celebrate the diversity that makes up HPU’s international community,” said Marites McKee, HPU’s dean of Student Life. “Each year, students, faculty and staff engage with one another and the public to highlight a culture or country of their choice.”

Exhibits are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Upper Fort Street Mall, showcasing the diversity of HPU’s student body. Many participants dress in traditional country attire, sharing their culture through displays and interacting with visitors. Cultural performances by various groups begin at 1 p.m., with dances and music from around the world.

This celebration reflects the rich blending of cultures at HPU, which is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the U.S. The international student body helps HPU and Hawai‘i connect to an ever increasing global community, McKee added.

“Students not only get a chance to learn from and study with others from the U.S. and many other countries, but they also develop lifelong friendships and connections that go well beyond HPU and Hawai‘i,” she said. “HPU is a unique learning community, and Intercultural Day is just one of the ways we feature our diversity within the community.”

Established in 1984, Intercultural Day creates a venue for HPU students to share their traditions and customs. The event is sponsored by HPU’s Student Life & First-Year Programs and Campus Activities Board. For more information, contact studentlife@hpu.edu or visit www.hpu.edu/intercultural.