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UH Hilo International Week celebration

The University of Hawaiʻi campuses joined universities across the country and the world to celebrate International Education Week, November 13–17. UH campus events recognized the contributions of international education to cross cultural understanding and global cooperation.

UH Mānoa celebrated with food specials from countries around the world, dance and music performances, films, lectures and more.

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Kapiʻolani Community College featured Japanese calligraphy, a Chinlone sports demonstration from Myanmar, language workshops, international club meetings, dances and more.

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UH Hilo’s Meets the World event hosted a Global Women’s Panel, Parade of Nations and a United Nations Day promoting world peace, human rights and social progress. Read more about the event at UH Hilo Stories. Photos by Kamiko Taguchi.

taiko drummerwomen standing in front of dollsUH Hilo Samoan Club marching in campus parade

Hawaiʻi Community College celebrated with East Meets West, with international tea and coffee tasting, world games and a World Culture Night.

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 Windward Community College celebrated The Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water with panel discussions on culture and interpersonal communication, study abroad information exhibits and Imaginarium showings

In its 18th year, International Education Week was a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, and observed at universities nationally and internationally.

International Education Day

large group in the governor's office with proclamationDuring the week-long celebration, Gov. David Ige proclaimed November 16 International Education Day. In his remarks, the governor noted Hawaiʻi’s distinctiveness, with both cultural and geographic diversity, a welcoming place for international students and a study destination for the future.

Attending the proclamation event at the state capitol were special guests from the Study Hawaiʻi Press Tour, a media tour of seven journalists from key press outlets in Asia, Latin America and Europe. The group spent time visiting campuses on Oʻahu, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island to get a sense of the breadth of educational opportunities for international students in Hawaiʻi .