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 Kim at Whole Foods doing his shopping, just like the rest of us. One of our incoming ASH students, Laura B., will do an internship with the production, and Fall 2014 ASH student TJ was accepted as an extra for one of the shows! If you’re interested in being cast, go to this website: rachelsuttoncasting.com. Take a chance, you may become a star!
LIVING ON CAMPUS or OFF? Off Campus pros: new experience living away from campus, on your own, no university rules and no cafeterias. You meet new people and have different adventures. Cons: you’re isolated from the other ASH students living on campus, it’s expensive, and you must take a bus or bike ride to campus. The ASH office recommends living on campus because it can be tricky finding housing that suits you while you are thousands of miles away, but every semester we seem to have a few students who make it work.
SPEND THE HOLIDAYS ON THE NORTH SHORE: Many of the gang rented a house on the North Shore for Thanksgiving. They loved the area’s vibe, which is slower-paced and even more relaxed than Honolulu. The North Shore is often compared to your romanticized, dreamy idea of Hawaii.
CLASSES: Many of our students were able to take a course that wasn’t offered at their home schools. I was impressed with Emi who delved into her ethno dance courses and took the time to really contemplate the complexity of this island state. I think she and many more students leave here with a broader understanding of Hawaii. It’s much more than pretty beaches.
HIKES: We had a great hiking crew this semester! Diamond Head, Makapuʻu, Manoa Falls (summit and tide pools), Koko Crater, and those are just the ones I know about. A little climb to elevation is good to balance out all the time spent at sea level (aka the beach).
SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT: This semester the students participated in the 1st ever “Selfie Scavenger Hunt” and in the process got to know the campus, our Deans, and each other. 3 group teams competed for fabulous prizes and glory! Well, in truth the prizes were only mildly fabulous, but the photos were a hoot! Here are a few shots.
MEDIA CONTEST: This year the judge decided to award two prizes: one for best picture and one for best “new” media. Thanks to everybody who took the time to enter. Here are our winners.
Best “New” Media: Olivia Gluck’s video.
These events are just some highlights of our group get-togethers. Every student had his or her own individual adventure and no doubt will share some great stories with friends and family this holiday season! It was a fantastic semester, students! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here. Happy New Year!