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Celebrate global inclusiveness and diversity at iFest hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College on Thursday, November 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the campus Multipurpose Room in Pilina Building.

In its sixth year, iFest, which stands for International Festival, is open to the public and will entertain and educate attendees with cultural dances, music, arts and food. The festival is part of International Education Week, celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year’s iFest will kick off with a parade of flags. Events scheduled throughout the day include Japanese obon and Korean K-pop dances, Hawaiian music and hula performances, an ʻukulele workshop, Japanese origami, Chinese Shaolin Gongfu and calligraphy demonstration. Cultural crafts and international themed games will also be offered. An ethnic food sampling is available, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

“I invite everyone to join us at iFest. Help our students prepare for a global workforce and celebrate our diversity,” said UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana. “UH Maui College embraces new ideas, cultural exchange, effective communication and social empathy.”

Hokoana said events such as iFest help students and the community gain understanding and respect for different cultures and backgrounds.

iFest is made possible by the International Club of Maui, Maui Language Institute and the UH Maui College International Education Committee. For more information, contact Liping Liu at (808) 984-3328 or via email.

—By Kit Furukawa

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