Hōʻike in West Hawaiʻi celebrates a semester of learning

The Hawai’i Community College & UH Center, West Hawai’i campus in Kealakekua exploded with song, dance and live presentations on April 23rd, as it held its second Hōʻike, attended by nearly 150 students, faculty and staff, and family members.

(To view video of the event, CLICK HERE.)

The small courtyard was set up with tables for student work from history, English, anthropology, social sciences, philosophy, speech and Hawaiʻi Life Styles.

Chants, hei, and hula were followed by presentations on the Olympics, war and peace, positive self-talk, the ethics of the death penalty, Asian religion, and restoration of the ancient Hawaiian trail of Pālamanui. Two students regaled the crowd with musical numbers that outlined the history of music and the importance of self-acceptance and love. The presentations were introduced by student MC Ian Shortridge.

Aided by the West Hawai’i media team, faculty was able to display on large screens Powerpoints of student work or pictures of class events from the semester.  Lecturer Betsy Morrigan produced fresh Native American fry bread in the spirit of a book taught in her Multi-cultural Literature class.

In a magnificent show of cooking and baking prowess, culinary students shared what they had learned throughout their program with a delicious array of pupus and patisseries.

Spirits were high with the celebration of a semester of learning and sharing from all corners of the campus. At the end of the event, 300 native plants were given away as a gift to the community.

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