Geoffrey Bannister, president of Hawai'i Pacific University, welcomed Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, a 1979 graduate of HPU¹s College of Business Administration, during a visit to the university campus on September 21.
Loeak stopped in Honolulu on his way to New York to speak at the United Nations 67th Annual Assembly's General Debate and take part in the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.
The HPU alumnus, who went on to attend Gonzaga University, School of Law, began his political career as Senator in the RMI parliament, the Nitijela, representing the people of Ailinglaplap and has served in several Ministerial positions. Following the national election of 2011 and Nitijela vote, Loeak, who is also a traditional chief, was sworn-in as the sixth President of the Republic on January 03, 2012.
During the Marshallese President’s visit, HPU’s Bannister also spoke to Carl Hacker, president of the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), and Noda Lojkar, RMI Consul General in Honolulu.
The University President and the RMI President discussed the cutting edge research at the Oceanic Institute, an HPU affiliate, located on a 56-acre site at Makapu‘u Point on the windward coast of O‘ahu.
“HPU wants to continue to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the university and the republic,” said Bannister.
Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU), a private, nonprofit university, is noted as one of the most culturally diverse universities in America with students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.
Photos and information courtesy of Hawaii Pacific University 
- Yokwe Online, September, 2012