PHOTO ESSAY: UH Hilo International Nights 2018, celebrating the many cultures on campus

International Nights is a special time each year when UH Hilo celebrates the many cultures and international students represented on campus.

Photos by Bob Douglas.

Group photo

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo hosted the annual International Nights on Feb. 23 and 24, 2018. 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.

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

Taishoji Taiko
“Yatai Bayashi”
Performing Arts Center Drama Club
“Disney Medley”

Pohnpei Kaselehlie Club
“Dokia & Wen”

Two lines of dancers: front is women seated, back is men standing turned stage left.

Melanin Magic
“Contemporary African Dance”

Silhouettes of dancers against orange lighting.

Bayanihan Club
“Kapamilya Tayo: The Culture of the Philippines”

Group with male holding up Philippine flag.

Kosrae Hilo Organization
“Sra Lo Tol, Hula Dance & Kasrpacsr”

Three males in grass skirts, tattoos, male at center is calling directly to audience.

“Three Treasures of Korea”

Female in martial arts attire, kicking straight up. Black background lighting.

Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao
“O oe o le toa, e lua a’u pelu, o lo’u fatu, ma le atua”

This is a large group of dancers, men and women in full regalia, headdresses, skirts, a lot of action.

Te Ora Nui
“Te Fara”

Female dancers in grass skirts, in Tahitian tradition.

Sei Gai Ha with Japanese Student Association
“Yosakoi & Saran-bushi”

Group photo

Ngelekel Belau Club
“Tribute to the 16 Mother States of Palau”

Group dancing, women in teal blue tops with ethnic print, and white grass skirts

Hawai‘i  Irish  Dance
“Irish American Celebration!”

Women dancers in green skirts, black top and tights. Men in background with Irish flags.

Tonga  Otumotu Anga‘ofa

Women dancing, wearing pink.

Puna Taiko

Group drumming traditional Japanese drums.

“Indian Fusion”

Woman dancer with flames coming off her hands.

INT Dance Squad
“We Are…”

Group in modern black leggings (men in black jeans), black sneakers, and red tops, doing hip hop dance.

Marshallese Iakwe Club
“Biit Dance & Song”

Group wearing black with ethnic print stripe on men's shirts and print on women's dresses. Men have hats, women shell hair band.

Randon at the mic reading his poem.
Randon Jack, from Marshall Islands, recites a poem he wrote about rising sea levels in his homeland. Click here to learn more about Jack and to read the poem in its entirety.


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