Mar 012017
 

The annual International Nights is the time of year when all eyes are focused on the many cultures and international students represented at UH Hilo.

Photos by Bob Douglas.


The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo hosted the annual International Nights on Feb. 10 and 11, 2017. Each year, the UH Hilo International Student Association produces a two-night show that features dance performances from the many different cultures and countries represented at UH Hilo. International Nights is a long-standing tradition at the university that spans over three decades, and is a favorite event on campus among students, the community and visitors.

Performers volunteer their time, a testament to the willingness of UH Hilo’s international students to share their cultures with others.

Jim Mellon

Jim Mellon

The event is headed by Jim Mellon, executive director of global and intercultural education programs.

“The shows are a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of cultures that make UH Hilo such a special place,” says Mellon. “It provides a platform for students from around the world to express and showcase their cultures, and for people to learn about other parts of the world.”

He adds, “International Nights is a time of year when all eyes are focused on the many cultures and international students represented at UH Hilo, who contribute so much in so many ways to student life on campus and in the community.”

Photos are arranged in order of appearance during the two-night event. Click photos to enlarge.

 

HAWAI‘I

Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo: “‘O Hawai‘i Ku‘u Kulāiwi”

 

FRANCE

French à la Carte: “Vive la Ressemblance!”

 

CHINA

Nicole Smith: “Contemporary Freestyle Tai Chi”

 

PHILIPPINES

The Bayanihan Club: “Traditional Dances of the Philippines”

 

JAPAN

Taishoji Taiko: “Seishunjidai”

 

YAP, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

Wa’ab Student Organization: “Gamel” (Yapese Bamboo Dance)

 

SĀMOA

Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao: “O lupe sa vao eseese, a ua fuifui fa‘atasi” (“No matter where you’re from, Samoa will always be united as one”)

 

KIRIBATI

Big Island Kiribati Club

 

IRELAND

Spirit of Ireland: “Hawai‘i Irish Dance”

 

KOSRAE, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

Kosrae Hilo Organization: “Green Hills and Sra Lo Tol”

 

INDIA

Big Island Desi: “Indian Fusion Dance”

 

CHUUK, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

Chuukese Student Association

 

PALAU

Ngelekel Belau Club

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

INT Dance Squad: “Two Worlds”

 

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Marshallese Iakwe Club: “Biit Dance”

 

About the photographer: Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories. 

-UH Hilo Stories