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 mainland is good consolation. I wish them all the best of luck and hope to hear updates as often as possible.
On Sunday at orientation I’ll meet the new students for Spring Semester. Our tour of O‘ahu will include sites of the city and the country, and we’ll visit green mountains and blue ocean. Here’s a forewarning: the Pali Lookout has an outstanding view of the windward side, but it is outrageously windy! Women should wear shorts (not dresses) so you have a free hand to take pictures! This time I may bring local snacks to share: mochi, arare, wasabi iso peanuts, li hing mui, dried squid – the possibilities are endless! New foods, beautiful scenery and lots of sunshine are only a few of the many things to soak up in Hawaii.
I think the best advice to give our new students is to get out of your room, explore the islands, make lots of friends, embrace your classes, and definitely try new things. This is the time of your life, and 4 months in Hawai‘i will be unforgettable.