Notable Alumni

Our alumni go far! Here you can read about inspiring Sea Warriors who used their time and education received at HPU to reach their goals. Alumni, contact us if you want to share your success story or would like to update us on what’s new with you.

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Named in honor of one of Hawai'i Pacific University's founders, the Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to alumni for career excellence. 


  2015 Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awardee

Christopher Loeak
BA, 1979

Christopher Loeak
President of the Marshall Islands Christopher Loeak (BA ’79), President Bannister; trustee Vi Loo, wife of the late Paul Loo, one of the university's founders; and VP for University Relations Sam Moku at the 50th Anniversary Trustees’ Dinner.

Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak (BA ’79) continues the fight to increase global attention on climate change, which is already taking its toll on his eroding island nation home. Since his election as president in 2012, winning by the biggest margin in any election thus far, Loeak has moved audiences through his speeches about this difficult issue at international gatherings, including the 2012 London Olympics, United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative. In 2013, the Marshall Islands hosted the largest-ever Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting, resulting in the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership. The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan among other countries all declared their commitment to this important cause.

2014 Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awardee

Brittany Yap

Brittany Yap
BA Journalism, 2006
MA Communication, 2008

Britt Yap is the founder of the Brittany Pohakea Yap Scholarship Fund, an award given to one to two Native Hawaiian students at HPU toward tuition costs. Not only is she a dedicated alumna and supporter, Yap is also president of Femfessionals Honolulu, a community dedicated to connecting local businesswomen through events and projects. 

2013 Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awardees Profile

Courtney Sugai
MA Diplomacy and Military Studies, 2009


Iven Sugai
BA Economics, 2001

Iven and Courtney Sugai are recipients of the 2013 Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Award for their professional and community accomplishments. Both Sugais are U.S. Army officers who have no trouble in balancing military service duties, supporting the HPU and Hawai‘i community, and raising a family. 

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