A Semester in Hawaiʻi

UH Mānoa

Located on an island half way between the east and the west, UH offers more than 500 courses with Asian and Pacific emphasis in 46 different departments. The vibrant, multi-cultural community of Honolulu is rich with customs from all over the east, unlike any other place in the US.

About the Program

If you would like the opportunity to explore diverse cultures, study extraordinary courses, and live on a tropical island of unsurpassed natural beauty, A Semester in Hawai‘i may be right for you. A semester or year at the University of Hawai‘i will be an experience you’ll never forget!

Our Students

Interested in what A Semester in Hawai‘i actually looks like? Read our Student Spotlight features to see what real students are doing during their Semester in Hawai‘i. You too can study abroad without leaving the United States by participating in A Semester in Hawai‘i

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Student Spotlight: Laura Breitenfeld

Meet our first student in the spotlight for 2016! Laura Breitenfeld comes to Hawai‘i from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts to study astronomy. Laura has appreciation for family, nature, science and the vastness of the universe. What are your personal superstitions? Well, I have a scientific mind, so I’m not very superstitious. Where in the

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Student Spotlight: Alexandra Muscalus and Jason Hirschey

One of the best things about doing this job is interviewing our ASH students. Glimpsing into the person, behind the wrapping of student and major sometimes reveals unexpected things! I got to know Alex and Jason little bit during our last Student Spotlight. They are two engineering majors from Georgia Tech, best friends, and all

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Student Spotlight: Coming Home – Brandon Bulseco

Brandon Bulseco, sometimes known as Keanu (his Hawaiian name) finds his place in the culture, land and people of Hawai‘i. Brandon’s parents grew up in Hawai‘i, but he was born in Oregon and lived most of his life in Massachusetts until this semester. Meet this Hawaiian who comes home to study a culture rooted in

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Student Spotlight – Spring 2015 – Becca Milligan

Becca Milligan comes to Hawai‘i from Illinois Central College and has certainly taken advantage of her time here on the island. She explores hiking trails and beaches and thoroughly enjoys her Hawaiian Medicine class. She documents her adventures with her camera and has made wonderful memories with her new friends. Some students really click with

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Student Spotlight – Henry Steckel

Meet Henry Steckel, an economics major from Bates College. Out of class, Henry enjoys playing guitar and basketball. After lamenting our unsuccessful March Madness brackets Henry offered his thoughts on our Student Spotlight questions. This interview should have been on video to capture Henry’s funny delivery. Even his serious answers sound like comedy!   What’s

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Student Spotlight: Emily Randhahn

We begin our spring 2015 Student Spotlight series with Emily Randhahn, a junior geology major from Mount Holyoke College. Emily has many interests beyond her science studies, including creative writing, drawing, and singing in choirs. The arts meet science in Emily’s world! What superpower do you wish you had? Shape shifting. What are you doing

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A Mini-Summary of Our ASH Fall Semester 2014

Here are a few highlights from this past semester! INSTAGRAM: This was our first semester with an INSTAGRAM account. Thanks to all the students who followed us at alohastudy! If you haven’t already, please join us now!     HAWAII 5-0: The show has been filming across the island for several years. Last week I saw Daniel Dae

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Callie Buccini

Meet Callie Buccini, a Tourism Management major visiting UHM from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Callie blends her serious thoughts with a dose of self-deprecating humor to keep us all on our toes! What superpower do you wish you had? The power to fly — I could see things from a different perspective. What

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Olivia Gluck

Our next ASH student in the spotlight is Olivia Gluck, a communications major from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Olivia enjoys taking pictures, has had photos published by the UHM student newspaper, Ka Leo and works as a lifeguard in Wisconsin. Olivia is one of this semester’s more soft-spoken ASH students, but she

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Riley Amy and TJ Hensley

Two young men join forces in Hawai‘i and become fast friends for a semester at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Riley Amy from Rochester, Minnesota and TJ Hensley from Dalton, Georgia share adventures around the island and add the comic element to the fall 2014 ASH ensemble. Sports, family, and even “Lord of the

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Emily (Emi) Donato

Dance and Anthropology major Emi Donato switches gears from the fast-paced lifestyle at the College of Wooster to the relaxed, easy-going world of island living. Have no fear; dancers perform at all speeds! Where in the world would you like to get lost? Italy – it’s a fixation of mine. I’m part Italian, but we

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Kendrick Kirk

Meet Kendrick Kirk, an economics major from Yale College whose hometown is Las Vegas, Nevada. This year Kendrick goes off-track and explores his artistic side. After a summer studying film making in Prague and back packing through Europe, he comes to the University of Hawai‘i to study acting, voice, and guitar. Next semester he’ll go

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014 – Ashley Hagerty

Meet Ashley Hagerty, a senior neuroscience major from Temple University who, with a take on Socrates’ words, lives the examined life. Find out how this young but wise 21 year-old thinks about the world around her.   What Are Your Personal Superstitions? I’m a science person, so I don’t really have superstitions. But I do believe

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Fall 2014 Diamond Head Hike

We had a small but enthusiastic group for our Fall Semester 2014 Diamond Head hike. The upside to hiking Saturday morning is that it’s not as hot, and the rest of the day can be spent studying, going to the beach, or enjoying the UH Warriors football game. The downside to hiking Saturday morning is that Saturday morning is prime

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Student Spotlight: Kristine Balslev

A Rock Lover Comes to America Meet Danish ASH student Kristine Balslev, a geology major from the University of Copenhagen who also composes and performs rock music. Home School: University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Home Town: Copenhagen, Denmark Major: Geology Favorite UHM Class: Indian Philosophy with Professor Dalmiya. This class is a dream. The

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Student Spotlight: Brooklynn Cookson and Emily Ishihara: Southern Connection

Hometown and Home School Brooklynn: I’m from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Emily: I’m from Andover, Massachusetts but I attend Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Favorite UH Class Brooklynn: “Drugs and Society”; I like everything about this class! Emily: “Hawaiian Language”; growing up I heard about many of the things

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Durkan

Meet Rachel Durkan, a super-energized student who goes all-out in everything she does! Home School: Virginia Tech Home Town: Malvern, Pennsylvania Major: Horticulture Favorite UHM Class: Herbs and Spices. It’s a super interesting and chill class. We recently took a field trip to a small chocolate factory in Chinatown. Itʻs also a very small retail

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How I Met Felix Xie: Student Spotlight

Get to know Felix Xie, a wonderfully typical college student who chose the University of Hawai‘i for a study away experience. Home School: Bates College in Lewiston, Maine Home Town: Skowhegan, Maine Major: Environmental Studies Favorite UHM Class: Painting Favorite Form of Social Media: Actually I like face-to-face interaction. Hanging out with my friends is

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Student Spotlight: Laura Butler Shines with the Stars of Hawai‘i 5-0

Communications major Laura Butler produces her own ticket to Hawai‘i by creating an internship with television show Hawai‘i 5-0. Home School: Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY Home Town: Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ Favorite UHM Class: Hawaiian Studies. I’m learning different things and studying a culture I didn’t know anything about before. Favorite Form of Social Media: Twitter;

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Student Spotlight: Two Mid-Westerners Fly Out of the Polar Vortex and Dive Into the Waves of the Pacific Ocean

Get to know Samantha Mathes, a biology major from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and Erin Walsworth, an environmental geoscience major from DePauw University. Favorite UH Class Sam: “Cell and Molecular Biology”. I like this class because it’s interactive, not just lecture after lecture. Erin: “Geoethics”. This class covers the both the geology and

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Student Spotlight: Two football players from Bates College take the off-season to study in Hawaiʻi

Get to know Brian Carilli, a politics major and Josh Freedland, a psychology major, who traded the snow and cold of the infamous winter of 2014 for the sun and adventure of the tropics.   Favorite UH Class Brian: “Political Design and Futuristics”. This class is very thought provoking. Josh: “Culture, Gender, and Appearance”. The

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Student Spotlight: On the Run with Cara Bennet

Vassar student Cara Bennet brings a love of running to her study away in Hawai‘i. Home School: Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY Home Town: Bethesda, Maryland Major: History, with a minor in Native American Studies Favorite UHM Class: Hawaiian Studies. I’m learning new things in this class, things I’ve haven’t heard before, and yet there

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Waiting for Spring Semester 2014

January in Hawaii can’t come sooner for this semester’s ASH students! They are flying in from some of the coldest places in the US, having endured this past week’s polar vortex! Students  hail from Bates, Ithaca, and Vassar Colleges in the North East, DePauw and U. of Wisconsin in the Mid-West, and Virginia Tech and

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Fall Semester 2013 Media Contest

The results of the Fall Semester 2013 Media Contest are in! This time we left the contest open-ended, meaning video, stories, pictures, text, and anything else that falls in the category of web-worthy would be accepted. Hence the name “Media” Contest. We didn’t get any videos of big wave surfing on the North Shore, fabulous

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw

Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw   Honolulu is just one more stop for ASH student Sarah Hackshaw as she dances across the US!   Home School: Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Home Town: Columbus, Ohio Major: I’m a double major in Dance and Psychology Favorite UHM Class: Hula class. We learn a bit of culture

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Student Spotlight: Emily Appleton and Sara Freshley

Student Spotlight: Surfing from Maine to Hawai‘i  The ASH “Student Spotlight” series profiles two students from Fall Semester 2013 who bring east coast-style surfing skills from Maine all the way to Hawai‘i. Emily Appleton and Sara Freshley are marine science majors from the University of Maine who enjoy the water, adventures of all kinds, and

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Makapu‘u Lighthouse and Tide pools

Our incoming ASH students for Fall Semester 2013 will be arriving soon, ready to begin classes and explore the island. Here’s a posting for them and for anyone else who might be considering coming to UHM through the ASH program. Looking for something to do on the weekend? Try the hike up to the Makapu‘u

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Spring Semester 2013 Photo Contest

Here are the results of our Spring Semester 2013 Photo Contest. Congratulations to Brittany who sent in the winning photo. Included with each photo are the judge’s comments. Consider coming to UHM next year and discover Hawaii with your own camera! First Place, by Brittany   Second Place, by Alexis   Third Place, by Brittany

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Student Spotlight: Alexis Ouellette — Making it Happen!

Meet Alexis Ouellette, a sophomore from Cheshire, Connecticut, spending spring semester in Hawai‘i. Major: Communication Disorders (Speech Therapy) Home School: Southern Connecticut State University Favorite UHM Class: My favorite class, hands down, is Hawaiian Studies. I use what I learn in class to appreciate my surroundings while living here in Hawai‘i. Favorite Form of Social

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Student Spotlight: Maria Tan

From Indonesia to Ohio to Hawai‘i to Shanghai, Maria Tan finds habitation around the world as she pursues her education and looks for adventure! Home School: Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Home Town: Pemalang, Indonesia Major: Communications Favorite UHM Class: My Hawaiian Studies class with professor Kane is my favorite course. I’m also taking

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Student Spotlight: Brittany Bredehoeft and Cara Wyant

Meet Brittany and Cara, two students from opposite ends of the continent who join forces as ASH roommates and friends in Hawai‘i. Both have aspirations in the medical field and speak about experiences volunteering in hospitals. Oh, and they both have interests in the fine arts. Read on! Home School Brittany: Lake Washington Institute of

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Student Spotlight: Julia Hanlon

  Julia in action The Sky’s The Limit! Get to know ASH participant Julia Hanlon, a bright, cheerful, well-traveled student from the east coast who teaches yoga while studying for double degrees in ethnomusicology and religion. Home School: Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts UH Classes: I’m taking 5 courses: Understanding Indian Religions;

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Spring Semester 2013 – Welcome Students!

This posting is long overdue, but I am very happy to welcome the Spring Semester 2013 ASH students to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Our students come from Maine, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio and Utah. They will certainly miss lots of snow over the next few months but enjoy lots of

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Photo Contest – Fall 2012

Here are the results of our ASH student Photo Contest for Fall Semester 2012. Included are a few comments from our judge, Jon, assistant web designer in the Chancellor’s office. Thanks to everybody who sent in entries and to Jon for taking the time to review the photos!   5th Place – Photo by Paige  Biking

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Student Spotlight: Dillon Schlee

Meet Dillon Schlee, a soft-spoken sophomore from Postville, Iowa. Before returning to the snowy landscape of winter in the mid-west, Dillon sits down and spends a few minutes sharing about himself and his time in Hawai‘i. Home School: The University of Iowa in Iowa City Major: Pre-Business Favorite UH class: Business Law What’s on your

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Student Spotlight: Josh Rosenbloom

A Semester …of Golf? ASH student Josh Rosenbloom traded the cold winter of Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University for a semester of warm, breezy days in Hawai‘i. Sure, there is lots to do here and lots of cultural diversity to experience, but let’s face it; the main reason Josh made the trip was to golf.

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Student Spotlight: Paige Tibbits

Meet Paige Tibbits, a senior from the University of Michigan, who has undertaken her longest trip ever away from home to spend a semester at the University of Hawai‘i. Paige answers some of our questions about school, herself, and life here in Hawai‘i. Hometown: Onaway, Michigan — a small, rural city with a population of

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Welcome to Fall Semester 2012

Aloha from A Semester in Hawai‘i! This semester we have a small but active group, studying theatre, neuroscience, math and statistics, journalism, and Hawaiian culture. Before the first week of the semester was even complete, the students were out and about, taking surf lessons, playing golf, hiking, and island hopping to Kauai. There is way

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Do Your Parents Need Convincing?

Have some of you wondered how to bring up the subject of studying abroad in Hawai‘i with your parents? Let’s face it — on first hearing, spending a semester in Hawai‘i can sound like one long spring-break trip. But Hawai‘i is much more complex than beaches and sunsets. Due to the islands’ history of immigration

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ASH Photo Bloggers Dinner

This semester we had our very first ASH Photo Blog Competition. Out of 80 photos submitted, Vanessa’s shot of an intense sunset won first in show. See the previous post for her photo and 5 honorable mentions from Chloë and Sarah H. Last night the photo bloggers went to dinner at Sushi King for a celebration,

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Spring Semester 2012 Photo Contest Winner

Vanessa Rizzi wins our first ASH photo contest with this sunset picture. Congratulations, Vanessa! Here are the Honorable Mentions: Feeding the Dragon at the Chinatown New Year’s Festival, by Chloë Weeks. Lava fields on the Big Island, by Chloë Weeks. North Shore Drive, by Chloë Weeks. Spitting Caves, by Vanessa Rizzi. Chinaman’s Hat, by Sarah

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Unreal Hawaii

A Semester in Hawai‘i is full of adventure in both academics and recreation. Where else can you hear a lecture on Bioaccumulation of microalgal neurotoxins in aquatic food webs, attend a Javanese and Balinese Gamelan concert, and swim and snorkel in the blue waters of Waimanalo Beach? Here at A Semester in Hawaii at UHM, students

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Hoffman and Vanessa Rizzi

East coast residents Sarah Hoffman and Vanessa Rizzi seem very at home here on O‘ahu. Both students are laid back with blond, sun-bleached tresses and both describe the North Shore as one of their most favorite spots in Hawai‘i. They’ve been learning to surf, going to the beach, enjoying local food and generally taking advantage

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Dalai Lama and Other Notable Visitors

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Students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have the opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama speak when he visits Honolulu in mid April. There will be two talks, one for high school and college students entitled, “Educating the Heart”, and one for the general public, “Advancing Peace through the Power of Aloha”. Tickets may

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Johnston and Caitlin Stagg

Students from Idaho and New York escape the snowy winter and enjoy a semester of sunshine through A Semester in Hawai‘i. Click on the links to learn more about what Sarah and Caitlin enjoy about Hawai‘i. Sarah Johnston: I’m a nursing major from Buffalo, New York, and I attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester,

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Spring 2012 Photo Contest

This semester’s blog competition will be a PHOTO CONTEST. Check out our facebook page for the latest entries. Submit as many photos as you like, but please send them in large format. Photos may be sent to semester@hawaii.edu or posted here on the blog. The winner will be announced May 2!

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Student Spotlight: Caroline Herman and Chloë Weeks

Meet two friends from the East Coast who made the decision to spend a semester in Hawai‘i. Caroline Herman and Chloë Weeks share the same major, attend the same college, and enjoy participating in a range of sports, and now both are in Hawai‘i for an unforgettable semester. The memories of these next few months

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Behrend and Jason Kunen

“I Wasn’t This Cool in High School!” Finding one’s place in the world can sometimes take a while. But 2012 Spring Semester ASH students Rachel Behrend and Jason Kunen seem to have found their way. Both are thoughtful and serious students, dedicated to their education. Both have travelled to new places in search of adventure and

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#10 in 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses

UHM ranked #10 in the 50 most beautiful college campuses. Read more.

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Iron Chef Comes to Hawai‘i

The UH Manoa Band and Cheer Squad will be part of the next Iron Chef America show, filmed for the first time here in Hawaii. “Tailgating” is the theme of this week’s showdown. Tune in on Saturday, January 28th. And of course don’t miss any Hawaii 5-0 episodes and see if you can name each location

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Spring in Hawai‘i

There are two seasons in Hawai‘i: winter (the wet season) and summer (the dry season). The University of Hawai‘i calls second semester Spring Semester, even though all year round flowers bloom, green foliage covers the mountains, and visitors and locals swim in the blue waters of the Pacific ocean. Our 2012 Spring Semester ASH students

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A Note to Our Students

Dear Fall 2011 Students, As you finish exams and pack for home, I’d like to say, “Aloha” and safe travels back to the continental U.S. It was a pleasure to have each of you here! Most of you enrolled in Hawaiian Studies courses and enjoyed learning about a new culture, its language, history, and reverence for

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Bloggers Dinner at Maharani

Last night the ASH bloggers went to Maharani Cafe on King Street for our end-of-semester dinner. Antonia, Janelle, Katie, Kelsey, and Rachel joined me for a feast of Indian food. The dishes kept coming — nan, saffron rice, shrimp karma, chicken tiki, spinach paneer, samosas — but we couldn’t keep pace! Thank goodness for take-out

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Well Hawaii..

Aloha everyone! I’m Janelle a Sophomore from California (Cal state Dominguez Hills). Well about Hawaii, I’m not even sure where to start. I guess I will start by saying its pretty AMAZING. My time here has basically consisted of going to the beach, jumping off cliffs, going to the big island, and so much more. My favorite

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Student Spotlight IX: Rachel and Blaine

Brimming with vitality and verve, Rachel Davis and Blaine Koenig have taken on A Semester in Hawai‘i with full force. Both are positive, out-going and crackling with electric personalities, ready to take on any adventure. Here is a synopsis of their thoughts on Hawai‘i and life in general. Favorite UH class Rachel: Mineralogy, because the

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A Semester In Paradise

What could be better than living and going to school on the beautiful island of Oahu for four months, and having one of your best friends by your side all the while? Well, nothing!   Since arriving in August, Annie Ross and I have had many incredible and unforgettable adventures together! From hiking to Manoa

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Aloha Hawai’i! Cultural Exchange with Antonia

Some of the most fun and rewarding experiences I’ve had during my semester here in Hawai’i have been learning about Hawaiian cultural heritage.  In my introductory Hawaiian Studies class, we’ve learned how to pronounce Hawaiian words, make some Hawaiian crafts and understand colonization in the Pacific.  I’ve learned about the relationship between Hawaiians, their mythology

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Living the Dream in Paradise

Hey All! Rather than go on a rant about how amazing everything here is, I thought I’d try making a list of stuff I’ve done (and definitely encourage all future ASH students to do) in hopes of keeping this from being a novel. Places to Go fun fact: your student ID acts as a Hawaiian

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Student Spotlight VIII: Crystal Richardson and Annie Ross

Crystal and Annie come to Hawai‘i from the University of California Santa Cruz.  They are good friends who share a passion for dance, whimsy and fantasy. Both are on the quiet side, but their inner lives are as colorful as their costumes (read and look below). Even though much in their future has yet to

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Aloha!

Aloha! I’m Kelsey! I’m a junior from Haverford College in PA and a geology major. I came to Hawaii for the same reasons that many people come here: 1. Uhm, hello, ITS HAWAII. 2. Beaches and sun and waves and fish and palm trees and mountains to hike… 3. I wanted exposure to a new

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Why Hawaii, You Ask?

Heyy-o.  Katie here, a sophomore from University of Illinois and current student of the ASH program (which is said like the word “ash”, although I have always called it the A-S-H program…).  Anyway, I won’t go on telling you my life story or any other nonsense that doesn’t have to do with Hawaii, because that’s

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East Coast College Tour: Oct. 24- 29, 2011

The 2011 ASH East Coast College Tour is coming up. Here’s our itinerary: Oct. 24: Bates College Oct. 25: Roger Williams and Brown Oct. 26: Wellesley and Mt. Holyoke Oct. 27: Smith and Connecticut College Oct. 28: Haverford and Bryn Mawr Oct. 29: Haverford Study Away Fair We’ll meet some ASH alums and new applicants,

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Big Island Volcano Trip, the perfect trip for avid geology majors!

Fellow Geology major Kelsey Meisenhelder and I sat on top of a hot, steaming vent from an older lava lake on Hilo, Hawaii. We also got to see a sulfur dioxide cloud glow red at night out of the active Kilauea volcano. Here, we’re wearing our gear – University of Hawaii football tee shirt and

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Diamond Head!

Sunday afternoon on top of a volcano can’t be beat. It took a little bit of a hike in the warm sun to get to the summit, but once there, we were rewarded with magnificent views and cool breezes. Drake started well after everyone else, but hoofed it up in NO time, meeting the rest

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Fall 2011 Orientation

They’re here!  Our new ASH students have arrived for Fall Semester 2011 and are raring to go.  Many have visited the islands before on vacations, and the siren call of warm waters, bright sunshine, and lush mountain sides was too much to ignore.  They have now returned to study at UH and enjoy the beauty

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Outer Island Trips

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While at the University of Hawai‘i, many of our ASH students take school-sponsored trips to the outer-islands. Others make travel plans on their own, visiting Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai with a group of friends.  We even had a student in the program who crewed on a sailboat for a short while during the semester, visiting

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Study Away at the University of Hawaii

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Here is a map from my office that indicates most of the home colleges and universities of our previous ASH students.  My student helper Nick did most of the work and claimed there was no more room on the East Coast to post the other 20 or so schools. Our students for Fall Semester 2011

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UH Awarded 10-year Reaccreditation

Last week the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa was awarded the longest period of reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation process began five years ago and included many reviews, meetings, reports and evaluations of all aspects of the university community. “Said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock, ‘Mānoa being

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Waimea Bay

Another must-see attraction is Waimea Bay on the North Shore.  This beach is world famous for monster surf waves in the winter months.  But during the summer and fall, the water is perfect for swimming and relaxing.  I would put it at the top of the semester’s “to-do list”. If you’re up to it, try

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Home Colleges of ASH Students

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Our students in the ASH program come from all over the United States.  To date we have had representatives from over 175 colleges and universities.  Take a look and see if your school is on the list.  If not, then you can be the first to spend a semester at UH Manoa. Give us a

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Boogie Boarding

There are lots of ways to enjoy your time in Hawaii when not studying.  Try boogie boarding, an easier version of surfing.  Almost anybody can do it.  Boards are cheap at $25 – 40, and you can rent one in Waikiki for around $5.  Swim out a ways and when you see a wave coming,

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UH Manoa on TV

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Take a look at UH Manoa.

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Virtual Tour

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Have you seen O‘ahu, one of the 7 main islands in the Hawaiian Island Chain and home to the ASH program at the University of Hawai‘i?  Check out this virtual tour I found online. Better yet, spend some time with us at UH and see O‘ahu for yourself! Here are some everyday sites in Honolulu.

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Bloggers Dinner

It was a stormy night in Honolulu, but a few of the bloggers were able to brave the crazy weather and enjoy a dinner together at Sushi King. Everybody showed up wet and chilled, but the warm tea, tonjiru soup, and miso soup with mushrooms chased the cold away.  For entree we had caterpillar and

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Blog Competition Winner

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Thanks to Brittany, Daniela, Jordan, and Nikki, who all posted on the blog this semester! It’s great fun to read about your adventures in Hawaii and at UH.  Take a look at the winning post by Jordan Serra, right below.  Scroll down and read more about what’s waiting for you. Don’t you wish you were here,

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A Semester in Paradise

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If you asked me a year ago, as I was patiently waiting for the mounds of Rhode Island snow to melt, if I could imagine going to school in paradise for a semester, I would have most likely laughed and trudged away.  Little did I know what the second half of my junior year would

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i’m from california. a very, veeerryy diverse place. and the funny thing is, i’ve tried more different foods here in hawai’i then i have in california. it’s kinda funny, and weird, and delicious. =] me and my three friends (maida’s the one in the picture!) decided to go to this egyptian restaurant (WHAAAAATT?! egyptian?!) which

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNA!

i just wanted to saaaaayyy, HAPPPYY BIRRRTHDAAAAAAAAYYY ANNA! =] guys, anna is tooo awesome! if you are debating wether you want to come out to hawai’i for a semester but you’re scared, DON’T BE! it’s a scary thought but you will always have anna for support! any questions, she will help you! a lot of

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My Time in Hawaii :)

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Since I arrived in Hawaii in January I’ve done a lot of exploring around the Island.  I’ve been to Lanikai beach an Kailua, the gorgeous beaches of North shore as well as the East side of the islands–Makapu’u and Waimanalo! Not only have I been doing activities around Oahu, for my 21st birthday and over

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Seashells

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On a perfect Sunday in Waimea on the North Shore, my friends and I pulled up to pristine turquoise waters of the bay and the sparkling sun as usual. “I love Hawaii, but so far I haven’t found any seashells to make jewelry with,” said my artistic friend Jana, sighing as she laid back on

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kailua beach.

♥i love kailua! it really is one of THE most beautiful beaches one can ever go to! the soft sand, the warm water, the beautiful view. siggghhhhhhh. i enjoy going all the time. it’s so relaxing to just go and enjoy life. there hasn’t been a moment where i don’t think to myself, “i love

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My ASAA Story

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So… how did I end up in Hawaii you ask? I remember so many days at Penn State last year when I honestly thought to myself, “This is college?” and looked outside at the dismal grey sky and feet of snow. Besides singing in my a cappella group, None of the Above, I knew I

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HAWAII 5iveeeee ohhhhh. oh yeah.

i heard there was sunset on the beach, HAWAIIFIVE-OHHH style aaannd, since jin, or daniel dae kim, who’s in LOST (best show EVER!), is also in hawaii five-O, i decided to go cuz, it sounded cool! so this is the big screen from where i was sitting..   i actually scooted my way next to

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so i’ve been here in hawai’i for two (yes, twwwooooooo) semesters! i loved hawai’i so much that i had to stay. it has been very hard for me, since i’m S U P E R close to my family [who’s in california] but i feel like, if i didn’t stay when i had the chance,

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H A W A I ‘ I =)

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One of the MAAAANNYY reasons one should   come to Hawai’i. =]

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Student Spotlight VII: Nikki Walsh

Penn State junior Nikki Walsh is a kinesiology major from Souderton, PA.  She heard about the ASH program from a friend who attended UH through National Student Exchange.  Nikki and her friend are now sharing an apartment in Honolulu and having lots of good times. Nikki is a sports fan and follows the Philadelphia Flyers,

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Hike with the best view-Hawai’i’s Forbidden Trail-Ha’iku Stairs

Just wanted to share with you a great hike while you are in Hawai’i and it being forbidden adds to the excitement. Steep climbs, breath taking views, and the thrill of embarking on a risky adventure. This amazing and exhilarating hike is known by many names, such as, the Ha’iku Valley Ladder, Ha’iku Stairs, and

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Student Spotlight VI: Destiny Magee and Jordan Serra

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What’s the best thing about Hawai‘i?  Diversity!  With new roommates and friends from Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, and Hawai‘i, Destiny Magee and Jordan Serra agree that diversity in culture and people make Hawai‘i an interesting destination for study away.  Both are enjoying meeting new people, seeing new things, and studying for their degrees in an

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My experience in Hawai’i

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My Semester in Hawai’i This is a video highlighting my experience in Hawai’i. Hopefully it will be helpful to students trying to decide if they should join the program or give current students some ideas about what they could do while there.

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Pillbox Hiki In Lanikai!!

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Hey guys this is my first time posting! I just wanted to tell everyone that they should definitely do the Pillbox hike in Lanikai, it is gorgeous and it didn’t take that long.  At the top you have a beautiful view of lanikai beach and the two magic islands :). Also at the top are

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Student Spotlight V: Whitney Grathwohl and Brittany Klein

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Meet 2 students who have become fast friends since connecting on Facebook and becoming a part of the program, A Semester in Hawai‘i at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Whitney Grathwohl from Missouri and Brittany Klein from Long Island, New York are sharing a semester in Hawai‘i and enjoying classes at UH and the

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Whales and Cupcakes

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Yesterday’s Diamond Head Hike was on Martin Luther King Day, and the trail was awfully busy with eager hikers.  At the summit, we had to negotiate around the crowd to take pictures.   But it was worth the trouble!  The crater and mountains were completely green from all the rain, and the ocean color ranged from

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Final Hawaii Blog

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I just spent 4 months in Hawaii. Right now it doesn’t quite register. Like how it doesn’t register that it’s snowing in Maryland and I’m about to step off the plane in shorts and a t-shirt (at least I’ll get to show off my tan). Hawaii has been an amazing experience and I want to

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Spring 2011 Orientation

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Small, but cozy!  That’s how I’ll describe this semester’s ASH group.  We have 7 students enrolled in the program, which is the perfect size to get close and share some great times. Two students hail from Pennsylvania, while the others come from New Jersey, Rhode Island, Iowa and Missouri. 75˚ in January is surely an

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Saying Goodbye and Hello

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Fall Semester was wonderful as I began the new role of “director” of A Semester in Hawai‘i. Getting to know the visiting students and hearing about their adventures at UH was certainly the best part of the job!  It was sad to say goodbye, but knowing the students are off for exciting undertakings on the

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Student Spotlight IV: Ultimate Haverford

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Maya Barlev, Aubrey Clark-Brown, Isaac Ellman, and Rudy Lamy It wasn’t the beaches, the mountains, the weather, or even the telescopes on Mauna Kea that brought four Haverford students to UH this fall. Well, these things certainly had something to do with it, but what really clinched the deal was the siren call of Ultimate

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つくね家 and Yogurtland

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To celebrate the 1st annual “A Semester in Hawaii” Blog Competition, the blog contributors dined at Tsukuneya, a Japanese robata grill restaurant near campus.  The menu included 7 different types of tsukune, or grilled minced chicken and yam meatballs, paitan nabe, chicken soup with vegetables that cooks in a pot at the table, and ahi poke,

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Winner!

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Congratulations to the winner of our blog contest: Dan Mehrez.  Read his post “Inter-Island Sailing Adventure” here: winner Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the blog this semester!  It’s been wonderful to read about your ventures in the islands.  Many thanks also to our contest judge, Dr. Hye-ryeon Lee, Associate Dean of the College

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Coming to a Close

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Hello! Well, tomorrow is the start of December. It’s pretty crazy how fast we all went from thinking how unbelievable it was that we had already been in Hawaii for 2 weeks to almost having to say that we only have a little over 2 weeks left. This state has brought me an experience unlike

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The Journey Continues

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Last time I posted, I mentioned I was going to Maui. Maui was awesome. We went there for a 3 day weekend and stayed in Lahaina. Lahaina was a really cool village. It reminded me of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It used to be an old whaling town and now it has nice shops that

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100 ft Under the Sea

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Hawaii is awesome for SCUBA! After taking the scuba class through the school for an unbelievable $210, we have had the opportunity to to go diving on a shipwreck through Dive Waikiki. They were awesome, and the dive was amazing. Take a look!… All of us on the boat… Fish! My turtle friend… This is

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT III: Daniela Guzman and Julia Simpson

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What They Left Behind:  Thank Goodness for Skype Hawai‘i is far away from everything!  This tiny group of islands is literally smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  To get to California, it’s at least a 5-hour plane ride for Daniela Guzman, who comes from the Bay Area, near San Francisco.   To get

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Dan at Sea

Inter-Island Sailing Adventure by Dan Mehrez

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My eyes open briefly to see the sails bellow with the wind. Ever so slightly though. The boat rocks in every direction as it dances with the waves. The boom and the ropes swing back and forth on every rock of the boat, creating a smack and keeping a steady tempo with the dance. I

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A New Perspective

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Coming to Hawaii has given me a new perspective on college, life, and culture. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life, and escaped to nearby Rhode Island for college at Roger Williams University. Needless to say, I’m used to that east coast lifestyle – go, go, go; efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Here in Hawaii, everyone is

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Photo Blog

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Hawaii so far in a few photos…. .

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT II: Maida Besic and Dan Mehrez

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT II:  Maida Besic and Dan Mehrez Senior year sometimes brings much more uncertainty than freshman year.  What to do once the degree is in hand?   Maida Besic and Dan Mehrez, both seniors spending part of their last college year at UH, seem to take it all in stride.  Neither has decided exactly what will happen next

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FIVE-O!

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Aloha! Maya here, Haverford College class of 2012 and Semester in Hawai’i student for fall 2010! We’ve only been here three weeks or so, but Hawai’i already feels like home. Every day has been a new adventure, and it has been such a gift to live in such a beautiful place. An example of a

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Keith Doucot, Kenny Ermann, and Daren Swenson

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This entry marks the first in ASH’s “Student Spotlight” series, a set of interviews with current students in our program. One of the pleasures of meeting the students is appreciating the differences and similarities in their backgrounds and getting a glimpse of their life here in Honolulu. Student Spotlight I Pristine campus, 3rd best college

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Diamond Head Hike

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Some of us hiked to the top of Diamond Head, an extinct volcano at the edge of Waikiki.  The view of the ocean and Waikiki below was stunning.  It was fun to get to know each other and discover similar backgrounds.    These students are fun and excited to be here!

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Orientation Fall 2010

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Here are the students in our Fall 2010 program! Sunday was Orientation Day.  After an introduction and informational meeting we took a mini tour of Oahu, visiting several sites along the east ring of the island. Pali Lookout was outrageously windy, but the expansive view of the Windward side of the island stretched out before

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new A Semester in Hawai‘i Blog!  That’s Anita Hodges, the former Program Director, and me, Anna Womack, the current Director. A Semester in Hawai‘i (ASH) at the University of Hawai‘i is a wonderful way to explore the world while continuing college studies.  With over 500 courses with Asian and Pacific emphasis in

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