By Cynthia Hisao
The UH Maui College Kabatak Club held its second club meeting for the semester on Monday, Oct. 5. More than two-dozen students and two faculty members attended the meeting.
The meeting was led by the club’s president, Alickzander Pasalo, who went over upcoming events for the entire semester and fundraiser ideas. The meeting featured a special guest, Christine Estomo from Runners Paradise, Inc.
“Anyone want to dress up like a zombie?” she asked. Estomo told the members and advisors about an upcoming Halloween event called “Haunted Mayhem,” which takes place Oct. 22 through 24 and Oct. 28 through 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Old Maui High in Paia. Another event, called “Obstacle Z,” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 31.
The club members gave feedback and decided to partake in the event. Another event that the club members were voting on was their annual Halloween event. At the meeting, students were interacting and coming together as a group to decide on future goals.
The Kabatak Club was revived in 2008; the meaning of Kabatak is “coming together.” Pasalo has been the club president for two years. “Everything is for the members,” he said.
The club offers a large range of club activities, from their annual “Piknik” social gathering to many cultural events. UH Maui College faculty member Wayne Agurian said the club focuses on “embracing the Filipino culture.”
The club is diverse and the members like to incorporate their culture into food, language and other learning aspects. The club also does volunteer work within the community. They participate in the Maui Fil-Am Festival and hold an event called “Songfest” with the Filipino classes that they offer at the college. It is an event that brings the members and other students closer to their culture. Melky Velasco, the club’s vice president, has been a part of the club since 2014. “School is more than tests, homework and studying,” he said. “[There’s] lots more to get involved in.”
The club is open to any UH Maui College students from any culture. To learn more about Kabatak Club, contact Alickzander Pasalo at firstname.lastname@example.org.