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 teacher is so organized, knowledgeable, and excited about the subject matter.
Blaine: Hawaiian Studies. The professor is passionate about what she does and fair to all the students.
Favorite form of social media
Rachel: I’ve tweeted only once!
Favorite Hawaiian tradition
Blaine: Everyone is so laid back, especially in how you dress and look.
Rachel: No shoes! I like the cleanliness of “no shoes in the house”.
Favorite Hawai‘i place
Rachel: Kailua Beach – the water is clear, the sand is fine, people are windsurfing, walking their dogs; it’s so relaxing.
Blaine: Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. The hike along the coast is tricky, with severe vertical drops off the side of a really narrow trail, but the views are amazing!
Editor’s note: This semester Blaine travelled to the islands of Maui and Kauai with friends he’s met at UH. Some of his adventures included a helicopter tour on Kauai and hike down into the crater of Haleakala on Maui.
Rachel: Both Blaine and I clicked with Hawai‘i when we first arrived; we made lots of friends quickly! I try to live in the moment and take in everything around me – the sun, the breezes, even the little lizards on the ground.
Blaine: I try not to dwell on the bad and cherish what I have right now.
Rachel: My senior year in high school I realized I wasn’t invincible. That’s when I began to try to appreciate everything in the here and now!
Blaine: My mom passed away a few months before I came to Hawai‘i. My family and friends rallied around me, and it was a meaningful and powerful time.
Rachel: Mapping the volcano of Kilauea. We went on site to take measurements; we also learned the Hawaiian story of Pele (the goddess of volcanoes) and how it relates to the science.
Editor’s note: Rachel travelled to the Big Island with her geology class to study the volcano.
Blaine: Running a half marathon. I’m not a distance runner, but last year I trained really hard and then dedicated the race to my mom. It was great feeling to cross the finish line.
Rachel: Working with solar panels or other alternative forms of energy. I’d like to see us break our dependence on oil.
Blaine: Sports Psychologist for a collegiate or professional sports team.
Favorite thing to do
Rachel: I’m from Philadelphia, and my friends and I like to go clubbing and enjoy the nightlife. We also go shopping and study a lot. Here in Hawai‘i it’s different; we go outdoors all the time, to the beach or hiking; it’s always beautiful outdoors.
The most famous person I’ve met
Blaine: Well, last weekend I was standing right next to Paris Hilton. We were at a concert in Kapolei , and her boyfriend was DJ-ing. I also shook hands with Barack Obama in Iowa, before he became president.
If I’m cooking we’re having
Rachel: Candied yams, pumpkin cheesecake, and wine.
Editor’s note: Thanksgiving just passed! And Rachel is the legal age to drink alcohol.
Blaine: Pizza with lots of meat on it.
If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actor to play me
Rachel: Eva Mendez for looks and Jennifer Garner for personality!
Blaine: Will Ferrill. Absolutely.