The debate programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Hawaiʻi Pacific University will co-host the 6th Annual Pan Pacific Debate Championship on February 16–17, 2013 at UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business. This is the first time UH Mānoa is hosting the tournament. The public is welcome to attend.
Several local students with ties to the Hawaiʻi Speech League will be competing for UH Mānoa and HPU. University debate teams from across the country are expected to participate, including Vermont, Loyola Marymount and Willamette.
UH Mānoa has competed internationally at Oxford, Yale, Willamette, Istanbul, Botswana and other tournaments. The largest inter-collegiate debate tournament in Hawaiʻi is held each semester on the Mānoa campus, drawing student debaters from UH Mānoa, HPU and Leeward, Honolulu and Windward community colleges.
The Mānoa team hosted members of the British National Debate Team, debated the morning anchors on the Hawaiʻi News Now Sunrise show and been featured in Midweek magazine.
After the Pan Pacific Championship, the UH Mānoa debate team will compete in the 7th Annual Warrior Intra-Varsity Debate tournament in March and the U.S. Nationals at La Verne University in April.
—Adapted from a UH Mānoa news release