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 land. Others discovered Hawaiian culture through hula lessons, geology and volcanology courses, and meeting locals residents. Some posted a “Hawaii Bucket List” on your wall and dutifully fulfilled each activity. One of you even volunteered once a week at a resume writing help center in Kalihi. It always thrills me to see how students come to appreciate diversity and the one-of-a-kind community that makes up Hawaii and UH. Good luck as you finish your college degrees and please stay in touch!

Dear Spring 2012 Students,

We are looking forward to having you at UH. As you pack and make your travel plans, consider these recommendations from our Fall Semester attendees:

“Go to Halona Cove and Sharks Cove. Both beautiful.”

“Take hula classes.”

“If you ever want to get scuba certified, this is the place. The water is so clear, you get to see amazing things. The class is run through the leisure center.”

“The poke bowl at Foodland is the real thing!” (Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish dish, and Foodland is a local grocery store near UH.)

“I would recommend riding mopeds around the island. It’s AWESOME!!”

“Go to other islands!”

“Hike as much as possible, eat lots of sushi. Go kayaking . Take volcanology 300 (even for non-geology majors). Spend time on the North Shore.”

And enjoy these pictures by Blaine:

Spitting Caves

Na Pali Coast


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