2016 News Articles

2016 News Articles


December 20, 2016

Principles of Marketing Class Visits Anthology Marketing

On December 2, students in the Fall 2016 Principles of Marketing class of Attila Pohlmann, Ph.D., toured the offices of Anthology Marketing Group, which offers services in four disciplines: Research, advertising, digital, and public relations.

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December 19, 2016

HPU awards four Hawaiʻi high school seniors full four-year scholarships

HPU awards four Hawaiʻi high school seniors full four-year scholarships. Students earned a full-ride through the #HPU4Hawaii Scholarship Challenge

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December 14, 2016

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2016 Commencement

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2016 Commencement

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December 12, 2016

Hawai’i Pacific University Recognized for Diversity in The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hawai’i Pacific University Recognized for Diversity in The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeff Moorad
December 02, 2016

Professional Sports Leader to Deliver Commencement Address at HPU

Professional Sports Leader to Deliver Commencement Address at HPU

Summer J.M. Nomura
December 02, 2016

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for December Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Valedictory Speaker Named for December Commencement Ceremony

Amanda Jeane Fish
December 01, 2016

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for December Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for December Commencement Ceremony


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November 29, 2016

Student Perspective: Internship Allows MSIS Student to Test the Waters

Chris Beach applied what he learned through his healthcare information systems internship.

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November 29, 2016

HPU Team Wins Prestigious Computer Programming Contest

HPU Team Wins Prestigious Computer Programming Contest


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October 31, 2016

HPU Social Work Students Collaborate with Kula No Na Po’e Hawai’i

The 3rd annual "Taste of Papakolea" is a collaborative event being organized by HPU Social Work students and community leaders at Papakolea Community Center under Kula No Na Po’e Hawai’i.

October 24, 2016

Student Success: Justin Kammer’s AIG Internship and Job Offer

HPU student Justin Kammer lands an internship with insurance company AIG.

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October 24, 2016

HPU welcomes The Old Spaghetti Factory to Aloha Tower

Hawaiʻi Pacific University brings the popular family restaurant to the downtown community; adds to the growing list of tenants at the iconic waterfront location

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October 17, 2016

College of Health and Society Participates in Children and Youth Day

The HPU College of Health and Society (CHS) participated in the 23rd Annual Hawaii Children and Youth Day event held on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Hawaii State Capitol and the surrounding Capitol District.

Gabriella Andrade
October 17, 2016

Hospitality & Tourism Management Student Receives Industry Scholarship

The Skål International, Hawaii Chapter, presented a scholarship to Senior Hospitality & Tourism Management major Gabriella Andrade, at its annual scholarship dinner held on Sept. 29.

October 17, 2016

Chantal Charbonnier and Her Scholarship Winning Experience at HPU

Not many teenagers can say they’ve had the opportunity to give a TED Talk and even fewer can say they’ve won a four year scholarship based in part on that talk, but Chantal Charbonnier can say she’s accomplished both.

Downtown INBRE Lab
October 17, 2016

Downtown INBRE Lab Construction Complete

HPU completed construction of its new IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) Laboratories at the Model Progress building (1188 Fort Street).

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October 04, 2016

HPU celebrates dedicated supporters at annual Trustees’ Dinner event

Trustees acknowledge new president, John Yukio Gotanda, D. Suehiro Electric., Inc., and Dr. and Mrs. Allen Zecha


HPU's Fourth Annual White Coat Ceremony
September 26, 2016

HPU's Fourth Annual White Coat Ceremony

The fourth annual HPU White Coat ceremony was held on Monday Sept. 19, to acknowledge the incoming nursing class of Fall 2016. The class consists of 72 students who were accepted into the program.

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September 21, 2016

HPU Expands Study Abroad Program

HPU Expands Study Abroad Program with 'Generation Study Abroad' Funding to Support Scholarships.

September 19, 2016

HPU ‘ohana at Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP) event

HPU President John Gotanda spoke at the Thursday, Sept. 15, HSBP luncheon. He shared his strategic vision for HPU, how HPU’s curriculum will help address the current talent shortage, and his expectations for the Aloha Tower and windward facilities.

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September 15, 2016

James A. Vaughan Prize for Poetry Competition

HPU is calling for entries for the annual James A. Vaughan Poetry Competition.

September 12, 2016

Sharing the HPU experience with new students

Hawai‘i Pacific University Senior Peer Mentor Kelly Wapenski said the first couple of weeks of school — filled with campus events — is a good time for incoming students to meet people and make friends.


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August 29, 2016

Student Perspective: Epic Internship Find

Senior Hospitality & Tourism Management major Gabriella Andrade interned with the United States Tennis Association Hawaii Pacific Section.

Seoul Nursing Students
August 22, 2016

Nursing students from Seoul attend HPU 'English for Nurses' Program

When it comes to helping others and possibly saving lives, some human qualities appear to be universal: empathy, compassion, willingness to assist, and the ability to respond in an emergency with appropriate skills and knowledge. But can you do this in a language other than your own?!

John Heckathorn
August 17, 2016

The John Heckathorn, Ph.D Internship Award

The John Heckathorn, Ph.D Internship Award provides awards for the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication students.

homestead resident awarded HPU scholarship
August 01, 2016

Waimanālo homestead resident awarded HPU scholarship

Through a partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Waimanālo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA), a Hawai‘i Pacific University scholarship — with a goal to educate more native Hawaiians — was awarded.

Catherine Unabia
August 01, 2016

Learning through discovery

Hawai‘i Pacific University Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Unabia, Ph.D., developed an interest in native Hawaiian plants as an undergraduate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Unabia had been attending college in California and transferred to UH when her dad got a job in Hawai‘i.


College Values Online Top Degree Programs 2016 Badge
July 25, 2016

HPU Ranked Among Top 50 Computer Science Degrees for International Students

Hawai‘i Pacific University has been ranked among the 2016 top 50 computer science degrees for international students by College Values Online.

Patrick Wilk by AAR CORP. world headquarters sign
July 04, 2016

Gaining Career Experience As an Intern

Senior Marketing major Patrick Wilk works as a communications intern at the world headquarters of AAR CORP.

John Y. Gotanda
July 01, 2016

John Y. Gotanda Assumes Role As President of HPU

John Yukio Gotanda takes office today as the president of Hawaii Pacific University.


Andrea Kealoha
June 27, 2016

Alumna pursuing Ph.D. earns NOAA scholarship

Andrea Kealoha (MS in Marine Science ’14) was one of two students selected for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship funded by NOAA. Kealoha is at Texas A&M University pursuing her doctorate in oceanography with a focus on coral reef health in response to ocean acidification.

Avis Ing-Randolph
June 13, 2016

BSN alumna earns PhD

Avis Ing-Randolph (BSN ’07), Ph.D., successfully defended her dissertation and earned her doctorate — Nursing Research-Quantitative — from UCLA in May. The title of her dissertation is “Effect of a Group Music Nursing Intervention on Anxiety among Individuals with Mild to Moderate Dementia in Los Angeles Assisted Living Facilities.”

June 06, 2016

Oceanography faculty is one of the authors of United Nations Environment Programme report

Associate Professor of Oceanography Samuel Kahng, Ph.D., is one of 35 mesophotic coral ecosystems experts from around the world contributing to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report entitled “Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: A Lifeboat for Coral Reefs?”


Warren Wee
May 23, 2016

Interim Dean of HPU College of Business Named

Dr. Warren Wee, CPA, CGMA, has been appointed the interim dean of the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Business, effective July 1.

Hazel Downing and Sarah Hanes
May 16, 2016

DAISY Awards given to Nursing faculty and student

Associate Professor of Nursing Hazel Downing, Ed.D., MSN, RN, and recent graduate Elizabeth Eichenberger (BSN ’16), received the DAISY Award and the DAISY in Training Award, respectively. The awards were announced at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Spring 2016 BSN Pinning Ceremony, which was held on Monday, May 9 on the front lanai of Hawaii Loa campus.

Brenda Jensen, Ph.D.
May 16, 2016

Dean of HPU College of Natural and Computational Sciences Appointed

Dr. Brenda Jensen has been named the dean of the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Natural and Computational Sciences, and will assume the post on June 16.

Shawna Uehara
May 09, 2016

Acrobatics and Tumbling athlete proud of team's success

Shawna Uehara took home the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association Most Outstanding Player award this year. It caps off a stellar Acrobatics and Tumbling career for the Hawai‘i Pacific University senior, who was among the program's first recruits.

Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan
May 05, 2016

Hawaii Adjutant General to Deliver Commencement Speech at HPU

Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan, Adjutant General, Hawaii, will deliver the keynote address at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 86th commencement, set for Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m., at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. General Logan is a graduate of HPU, with a distinguished career of service in Hawaii and abroad.

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May 04, 2016

HPU Increases Support for Veteran Students Through Yellow Ribbon Program

Hawai‘i Pacific University is increasing its support for U.S. military veteran students through the Yellow Ribbon program, starting in the fall 2016 semester.


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April 28, 2016

HPU receives Hawaii Green Business Award

HPU was the winner of a 2016 Hawaii Green Business Award, Green Events category, for its Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability.

Navatek’s TLB CAT
April 21, 2016

Navatek Donates Advanced Design Catamaran to HPU

Navatek, Ltd. today donated its advanced design TLB CAT (tandem lifting body catamaran) to Hawaii Pacific University for use in support of the university’s educational programs.

HPU NSAC Winners
April 18, 2016

HPU Team Wins District National Student Advertising Competition

Hawai‘i Pacific University advertising students were the district winners of the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) on Saturday, April 16.

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April 15, 2016

HPU Names Down as Associate VP and Chief Information Officer

Hawai‘i Pacific University has named Cody V. Down as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), following a nationwide search.

David M. Berube, Ph.D.
April 05, 2016

HPU Examines Emerging Technologies and Energy Policy at Free Lecture April 18

Hawai'i Pacific University brings science and technology communication expert David M. Berube, Ph.D., to Hawaii for a free public talk examining emerging technologies and their impacts on ecosystems and communities.

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April 04, 2016

School of Social Work at the Capitol

HPU School of Social Work students and faculty attended the Social Work Legislative Day at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on March 30.


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March 30, 2016

Dean of HPU College of Liberal Arts Accepts VP, Academic Affairs, Position in Arkansas

Dr. David Lanoue, dean of the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Liberal Arts, will leave HPU in June, 2016, to become vice president for academic affairs at Southern Arkansas University.

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March 18, 2016

HPU, National WWII Museum Partner for Pacific Academy Summer Program

This summer, Hawai‘i Pacific University and the National WWII Museum will partner for a unique educational and cultural experience.

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March 17, 2016

HPU Graduate Nursing Climbs in U.S. News Rankings, Social Work Program Ranks for First Time

Hawai‘i Pacific University's graduate nursing program climbed significantly in U.S. News & World Report's recent rankings.

College Values 2015 Awards Accounting Programs Badge
March 14, 2016

HPU Ranked Among the Most Affordable Online Accounting Degree Programs

College Values Online has ranked Hawai‘i Pacific University among its 100 most affordable online accounting degree programs.

Sarah Donahue
March 14, 2016

Learning to protect 'beautiful ecosystems'

Hawai‘i Pacific University Marine Science student Sarah Donahue, from Phoenix, Arizona, connected with science early in life. In sixth grade, her class went on a study trip to a marine facility on Catalina Island, in Cherry Cove, California.

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March 14, 2016

Grauman Selected as HPU VP for Enrollment Management

Following a nationwide search, Hawai‘i Pacific University has selected Greg G. Grauman as its Vice President for Enrollment Management.


Dr. Karger
February 29, 2016

A new experience in Hawai‘i for this educator

Howard J. Karger, Ph.D., joined Hawai‘i Pacific University as Professor and Director, School of Social Work, in January.

Winners and finalists of the HPUbiz4good Scholarship Challenge
February 22, 2016

HPU Awards 10 Four-Year Scholarships to Hawaii High School Seniors

Program recognizes academic achievement and social innovations that benefit Hawaii

Dr. Hyrenbach
February 14, 2016

Associate Professor of Oceanography, alumna and students present at conference

The Pelagicos lab, led by Associate Professor of Oceanography David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., participated in the Pacific Seabird Group Conference at Turtle Bay, O'ahu, Feb. 11-13. Hyrenbach, Shannon Lyday (MSMS ’13), and MSMS students Catherine Pham and Sarah Donahue presented the following.

John Y. Gotanda
February 01, 2016

HPU Names John Y. Gotanda Next President

The Board of Trustees of Hawai'i Pacific University has selected John Yukio Gotanda as the university’s next president.


Inger Andersen
January 26, 2016

Lecture Series Brings Noted Sustainability Experts to HPU

Prominent experts in conservation and public policy will kick off a new series of lectures presented at Hawai‘i Pacific University in February.

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January 22, 2016

Nashville Waikiki opens at the Aloha Tower Marketplace

Nashville Waikiki, Hawaii’s only country western and classic rock saloon, will open for business at the Aloha Tower Marketplace on Friday, January 22, offering grand opening specials through the weekend.

Marcia Ball
January 21, 2016

Blues musician Marcia Ball talks 'Women in Music' at HPU, February 1

Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomes acclaimed blues musician Marcia Ball, for a special conversation on Monday, February 1.

Joseph Stanton
January 20, 2016

Stanton Wins James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry

Joseph Stanton was named the recipient of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, winning first prize for his poems “Hala” and “the Web of an Orb Weaver.”

Bert Shimabukuro
January 19, 2016

Shimabukuro hired as HR Director - Faculty Relations, Academics, and Research Staff

Hawai‘i Pacific University has hired Bert Shimabukuro to serve as Human Resources Director – Faculty Relations, Academics, and Research Staff.

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January 06, 2016

Dean of HPU College of Business to Take Helm at Top Florida Business School

Dr. Deborah Crown, dean of the Hawaii Pacific University College of Business, will leave HPU in June, 2016, to become dean of the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, in Winter Park, Florida.