Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi delivers HPU commencement address

May 14, 2014

Mayor Billy Kenoi

HONOLULU — Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawai‘i Island will deliver keynote remarks at HPU’s Spring Commencement, set for Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m., at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

Now in his second term as mayor, Kenoi is the chair of the Hawai‘i Council of Mayors, and is the only Hawai‘i mayor serving on the National Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors. Born and raised on the Big Island, he previously practiced public interest law, advocating for the people of Hawai‘i.

At HPU’s 82nd commencement ceremony, Kenoi will address students and audiences both in the arena and around the world viewing via live video stream. The university will confer associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 850 graduates in the Spring 2014 class. Nearly 700 of these students are scheduled to participate in the ceremony, representing a broad range of disciplines, from International Business to Social Work, Computer Science to Diplomacy, and Psychology to Nursing.

Three valedictory speakers, chosen for exemplary academic performance, will also address the graduating class. Representing the undergraduate degree programs is Emily Komarczyk, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Human Health Sciences. Camilla Oxhamre-Cruse,  Master of Business Administration in Finance, will represent the graduate degree programs. Mililani High School alumnus Cameron Octavio, Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, will speak on behalf of HPU Military Campus Programs.

Recent Merrie Monarch Festival award-winning halau Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e and its kumu hula HPU Instructor of Hawaiian Language Tracie Lopes, will share hula and a Hawaiian chant.

HPU’s Commencement begins at 5 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu. See