International Education Week at UH Hilo!

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Date: Friday, November 3, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawai`i Community College (HawCC) are gearing up for International Education Week (IEW), which will be observed November 11-17, 2006 with a series of special events and activities. Admission to the events is free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. There is a $3 parking fee for events held during the day.

The U.S. Departments of State and Education are jointly sponsoring the week’s observance in an effort to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange and the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment.

This year’s activities kick off with a French gourmet dinner on Saturday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by UH Hilo’s Euro Club. For more information, contact Kamila Dudley, 974-7521.

A four-night foreign film schedule commences on Sunday at the UH Hilo Campus Center Plaza beginning with the Spanish film, “Motorcycle Diaries,” directed by Walter Salles and featuring Gael Garcia Bernal. On Monday, the
Japanese film “Hauru no ugoku shiro” (Howl’s Moving Castle) will be shown. The animated film earned more than $210 million in box office receipts to become the third most successful film in Japan’s history.

Tuesday will feature the Chinese film “The Road Home” directed by Zhang Yimou, which won the 2000 Berlin International and 2001 Sundance Film Festivals. On Wednesday, the French Film “La Gloire de mon père” (My Father Glory) and winner of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Best Film Award will be shown. Showtime each night is at 6:30 p.m. with free popcorn and cotton candy provided.

Special daily events will also be held throughout the week.

Monday will feature International Poetry Reading from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. at the Campus Center Plaza. Students involved with the next UH Hilo literary publication, Kū Kilakila, will read excerpts of their work.

“Breaking Down the Barriers” will be the subject of a student-led discussion on Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Hale Kanilehua Lounge. Participants will learn about various cultural differences and customs from UH Hilo’s international students.

An international fair will be held on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Campus Center Plaza. The festive event will include fair trade crafts from the non-profit organization 10,000 villages, crafts and cultural items from UH Hilo’s various international student clubs, and information about opportunities with the U.S. Peace Corps and UH Hilo study abroad programs.

Thursday will feature an African Night Celebration from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Campus Center 301. Activities will include presentations from Geography professor Dr. Jim Juvik, Anthropology professor Dr. Lynn Morrison and guest speaker Ayotunde Adewunmi, who will discuss the continent’s geography, culture, history and politics. There will also be a drumming performance by Big Island Drum, followed by a cultural fashion show displaying African garments. Starbucks will be on hand to provide samples of coffee from Kenya and talk about their community programs in Africa.

The festivities conclude with a dance on Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. entitled “Grooving with the World.” UH Hilo staffers Kolin Kettleson and Kathy Hughes, along with local community member Lisa Dixon will be on hand to demonstrate some basic steps in salsa, swing, samba and bon dance before participants hit the dance floor.

Several ongoing events will be taking place each day throughout the week. Sodexho will offer an international lunch menu each day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Campus Center Cafeteria. Italian, Chinese, Filipino, Thai and Korean cuisine priced from $5.00 to $7.00 will be offered. Diners will be able to enjoy their meals while viewing travel videos of exotic destinations around the world.

And a scavenger hunt open to all students will begin on Monday and run through Friday. The event will challenge participants to learn more about educational opportunities abroad by finding all the right answers on campus and earning stamps for their scavenger hunt passport. Prizes will be awarded to those who obtain the stamps necessary to fill out their passport.

Campus events are sponsored by the UH Hilo and HawCC International Education Week Committee, along with donations from numerous community organizations, including Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Café 100, Café Pesto, Island Naturals, Hilo Safeway, Big Island Candies, WalMart, Office Max and Starbucks.

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

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