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 Falls, snorkeling at Shark’s Cove and being mermaids on Waikiki Beach, we have definitely experienced the glory Oahu from many different angles. However, perhaps the most exciting part of life in Hawai’i is being immersed in the unique culture that is so vastly distinct from the US mainland!
One of the first things Annie and I did upon arriving in Oahu was register for a hula class through the UH leisure center, and it has definitely been the highlight of our semester! We’ve absorbed all sorts of interesting tidbits about the history of Hawai’i and Hawaiian culture in the process of learning the native dance form. Not to mention that you pick up quite a bit of Hawaiian vocabulary by dancing to the music of the islands!
While hula is wonderful, all the Polynesian dance styles make for great entertainment- everything from hip-shaking Tahitian dance to fire dancing!
I could go on forever describing all the fun things I’ve done in the past four months, but nothing can compete with the cultural appreciation and awareness I’ve gained from spending a semester in Hawai’i. In fact, I can’t wait to go home and spread a little aloha to my friends and family on the mainland! Oahu, it’s been good- a hui hou.