The UH Mānoa Homecoming Fair on Oct. 21 was a bright spot for lots of fun activities, despite a few “Mānoa blessings.”
More than 1,500 fair-goers visited the many booths and games scattered across Clarence T.C. Ching Field to fill up their passport cards and redeem them for prizes and giveaways. They learned about a multitude of campus organizations, including UHAA, ASUH, Athletics, Letterwinners, the UH Mānoa Bookstore. Various campus leaders took the plunge for charity in the dunking booth, including our very own UHAA executive director, Batman (a.k.a. Alvin Katahara). Visitors strutted their stuff for the costume challenge and even donned Sumo suits for kicks. They tried their skills at the rock-climbing wall, obstacle course, jousting ring and triple-lane bungee run. To refuel, they had their choice of a variety of tasty $1 and $2 snacks.
The Warrior football team, UH Mānoa pep band, cheerleaders and Rainbow dancers – along with Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, football head coach Greg McMackin and athletics director Jim Donovan – were on hand to pump up the crowd for the weekend's many athletic contests. A live performance by popular local entertainer Anuhea rounded out the event, which was sponsored by ASUH, Campus Center Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students, Mānoa Chancellor's Office and UHAA. It was great opportunity for the UH Mānoa ‘ohana – including alumni, faculty & staff, students, friends and families – to gather and celebrate campus while supporting our athletic teams.
After the fair, the crowd headed over to the Stan Sheriff Center to watch the Wahine volleyball team sweep Utah State 25-16, 25-2 and 25-11. Fans who stayed after the match caught the 2011 “UH ‘Ohana Hoopfest” where the men's and women's basketball teams made an introductory appearance and signed autographs. There were team skits, men's and women's celebrity games, and giveaways.
Photos by Stacia Garlach