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Date: Monday, November 7, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hiloand Hawai‘i Community College are celebrating International Education Week (IEW) November 14-18 with special events and activities. IEW is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to promote international understanding, build support for international educational exchange and the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment.

“International Flair,” a festive IEW event co-chaired by UH Hilo students Edward Johns and Ann Inouye, takes place Tuesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. Live music and entertainment include Koburo Taiko Drumming, Sisters of the Calabash belly dancers, the Brigham Young University of Hawai‘i steel drum band Shaka Steel, Times Five, the UH Hilo Cheerleaders and UH Hilo Samoan Club. Student clubs will display various cultural demonstrations and there will be information on study, work and volunteer abroad opportunities including Peace Corps, UNICEF, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET), U.S. Fulbright Program and Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

“Voices of the World,” a foreign language speech contest and open microphone chaired by UH Hilo student Ariela Marshall, is Wednesday, November 16, 8 a.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. Students from several foreign language classes will participate in the speech contest. In the Open Microphone category, students will be given five minutes to share, in any language, a speech, prose, reading or song on a subject of their choice.

There will also be free public screenings of foreign films during IEW. All movies start at 6:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

 November 14th: “Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain” (French film), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and featuring Audrey Tautou; Wentworth Hall, Room 1.

 November 15th: “Ka'ililauokekoa” (first-ever Hawaiian language feature-length film) and winner of the 2001 Kahili Award; UCB 100.

 November 16th: “Goodbye, Lenin!” (German film), winner of six prestigious European Film Awards, including Best Picture and 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film; Wentworth Hall, Room 1.

 November 17th: “Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)” and “Hoare no Hake (Grave of the Fireflies)” (Japanese Films); UCB 100.

For more information, contact UH Hilo’s Center for Global Education and Exchange at 933-8810 or email

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