"SpringFest 2009" a first of its kind event at Honolulu Community College

Over 1,500 expected to enjoy music, food and entertainment in Kalihi

Honolulu Community College
Contact:
Brian Furuto, (808) 845-9187
Government and Community Affairs
Posted: Apr 28, 2009

HONOLULU — Premiere musical entertainment, delicious local grinds, fun games, and free giveaways will lead to a great time at Honolulu Community College‘s "SpringFest." The event, the first one of its kind sponsored by Honolulu CC, will be held on Friday, May 1, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Honolulu CC‘s main campus in Kalihi.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, is expected to draw more than 1,500 people. It has received strong local support with donations coming from Pepsi, McDonald‘s Hawaiʻi, UH Bookstores, and Hawaiʻi Stage and Lighting.

One of the unique aspects of SpringFest is that it is entirely student driven. While Honolulu CC employees are providing assistance and guidance, the backbone of event management has resided with students. At the leadership helm is Honolulu CC‘s Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi (ASUH) student government.

"Our goal in starting this event is to highlight our campus as a fun, vibrant place to learn, make friends, and build not only a great educational base, but also a strong social base for our future," said HCC-ASUH President Joseph Lewis.

Jessica Gladman, HCC-ASUH Senator added, "Because we are the university‘s closest campus to downtown Honolulu, we are known as a commuter school. Even though we come from all parts of O'ahu, our aim is to make sure that Kalihi, including the Downtown neighborhoods, knows that we are a part of our local community."

Portions of the event will be broadcasted on Island 98.5 and will include a mix of local musical talent. Among the featured performers will be Rebel Souljahz, Sean Naʻauao, Micah G as well as other local musical groups.

Brian Furuto, one of the many Honolulu CC faculty and staff who have been helping students with the event, stated, "This is Honolulu CC‘s inaugural community party so our students worked hard to get a wide range of entertainment and food. We know it will be a great time so we hope that come May 1st folks will get home ask themselves what‘s for dinner, drive to Honolulu CC, which is easily reached from all directions, park their car for free, have a good dinner, play a game or two, and wrap up the evening enjoying a free concert that showcases some of Hawaiʻi‘s best young musicians."

Lewis chimed in by saying, "It costs you nothing, but the price of gas to have a good time at the SpringFest. Given the rough economic situation that all families are facing right now, we wanted to make sure that entertainment and games were free."

For further information on the Honolulu CC SpringFest 2009 event, visit the event webpage.


ABOUT HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Honolulu Community College is an open door, comprehensive community college that offers a broad range of liberal arts courses and 24 career and technical education programs. The college is an integral part of the University of Hawaiʻi System. Students have direct transfer to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and the University of HawaiʻióWest Oʻahu to complete their four-year baccalaureate degree. Honolulu CC offers one of the best educational values in the United States. Students enjoy high-quality education at very affordable tuition rates and receive instruction in small classes taught by well-credentialed faculty who are dedicated to excellence in teaching.

For more information, visit: http://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/springfest