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Kapiolani Community College presents International Education Week celebration, November 3-6

Festivities celebrating international education include lectures, film screenings and the

Kapiʻolani Community College
Carl Hefner, (808) 734-9438
Kapiolani Community College
Posted: Nov 4, 2008

HONOLULU — Kapiʻolani Community College is celebrating International Education Week this week, November 3-6, and invites the public to participate in learning more about the anthropology, history, art, music, politics, geography, economics and foods of the world. A variety of activities, including lectures, film screenings, and the "Aloha World Expo" will be held at the campus throughout the week.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the Ohia Cafeteria will become a gateway to a global oasis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing an opportunity for those who attend to "travel" from Hawaiʻi to Bulgaria, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Japan, Spain, and more during the "Aloha World Expo." Kapiʻolani Community College international students will share their world with all through various interactive presentations under the direction of Linda Fujikawa and Kalani Fujiwara, co-coordinators of the International Café.

The "Aloha World Expo" will also feature a presentation and hands-on workshop on Korean drumming, information on the Ewa Limu Project and restoring the ocean ecosystem, entertainment featuring international music and a Spanish dance performance, international food, pampering with Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, nail art, artwork and crafts by students of the International Café.

At 6 p.m., a special film screening of "The Professor‘s Favorite Equation" will be held in Ohia 118, hosted by Kalani Fujiwara and the students of the International Café. A Japanese film based on Yuko Ogawa's famous novel, it is a heartwarming tale of acceptance, redemption, and seeing eternity in an hour.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, French language and culture will be the focus of activities in the Ohia Cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including a special performance by guest musician Pierre Grill who will play old French songs on the accordion.

Two sessions will be held featuring officials from the East-West Center. A session on "Careers in U.S. Diplomacy" will be held at 10:45 a.m. in Olona 201 with Jonathan Henick, a 15-year veteran of the State Department‘s Foreign Service who is currently with the East-West Center for a one-year post as a visiting research fellow and diplomat-in-residence. Henick has served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, responsible for all cultural, educational, civil-society and English-language programs as well as in Turkey, Portugal and Uzbekistan. At 12:15 p.m., Phil Estermann will speak on "Thirty Years After the Khmer Rouge: The Search for Justice in Cambodia," and the powerful and complex issues following the reign of terror between 1975-1979 in Cambodia.

"A Taste of Korean Culture" will conclude the week-long festivities. Coordinated by students in the college‘s Korean language and culture course under the direction of Professor Soo-Ah Yuen, this event on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the Ohia Cafeteria will feature Korean food, folk games, a song contest, quiz, and a movie.

The week-long celebration at Kapiʻolani Community College is co-sponsored by the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. For more information about the celebration, contact Kapiʻolani Community College‘s International Education Week coordinator, Dr. Carl Hefner, at 734-9438 or

For a full schedule of activities, see the event poster available online.

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