On October 5, 2018 the Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Hawai‘i (EAAUH) and the UH College of Engineering held its 11th annual Holmescoming alumni gathering at Les Murakami Stadium. Over 900 alumni and associates attended the event.
The purpose of Holmescoming is to strengthen and build our engineering community by bringing alumni back to campus and having them reconnect with their fellow alumni along with college faculty and students. That’s why it’s called a “friendraiser” event.
The stadium was a nontraditional venue, but it worked very well with food, drinks and most of the mingling happening on the concourse level. There was lots of seating on the lower decks and the entire baseball field was available for the stage and games.
The keynote speaker was the honorable Governor David Ige, himself a UH engineering alumnus. Ige applauded the efforts of EAAUH and the college, saying, “The State of Hawai‘i needs good engineers, and we need to continue to keep the College of Engineering a vital part of our community.”
EAAUH president Dennis Toba also gave his perspective. “The Holmescoming event is a great example of how the College of Engineering’s alumni, faculty, and students work together to put on outstanding events like Holmescoming, the college dinner, and the alumni golf tournament. It also allows the students to get a glimpse of the fellowship and fun engineers have and hopefully entices them to become active alumni when they graduate.”
The event could not have happened without the generous support of local businesses. A total of 88 companies and individual donors provided financial sponsorships, demonstrating that there are many great opportunities for local employment.
Students of the Engineering Council of UH (ECUH) provided additional support, from setup/cleanup, to food/drink service, and overall logistics. Also, 12 engineering clubs under the ECUH umbrella ran game booths for the guests. Also represented was the Waipahu High School Academy of Engineering that has established a program allowing students to earn college-level credits in high school. And baseball throwing and hitting games were very popular on the stadium field.
Excellent food was served up by d.k. Steak House and Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, with campus vendor Sodexo taking care of the beverages. Performing for everyone’s listening pleasure was award winning slack key guitarist and UH engineering alum George Kuo, along with engineer BK Espiritu.
All in all, it was a great night of fun and fellowship. Who said engineers don’t know how to throw parties?
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