Category Archives: Nikki Walsh

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Blog Competition Winner

Thanks to Brittany, Daniela, Jordan, and Nikki, who all posted on the blog this semester! It’s great fun to read about your adventures in Hawaii and at UH.  Take a look at the winning post by Jordan Serra, right below.  Scroll down and read more about what’s waiting for you. Don’t you wish you were here, too?

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My Time in Hawaii :)

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Since I arrived in Hawaii in January I’ve done a lot of exploring around the Island.  I’ve been to Lanikai beach an Kailua, the gorgeous beaches of North shore as well as the East side of the islands–Makapu’u and Waimanalo!

Not only have I been doing activities around Oahu, for my 21st birthday and over spring break my parents joined me on a birthday extravaganza to Kauai! It was amazing.  We hiked the Kalalau trail, took a catamaran boat ride over to the forbidden island Niihau and did a Helicopter ride among many other things! The helicopter ride was awesome. It went all over the island and I don’t believe i’ve ever seen so many waterfalls in my whole life 🙂 Pure beauty.

Last weekend over Easter break I spent some time with a couple new friends from work! We went mud riding and it was awesome climbing up dirt hills and off roading to Secret Beach. Upon our arrival to the beach we all hung out and barbecued. Pictured below is my friend Cindy and I in the back of the jeep on the way to Secret Beach!

This was my first Easter I haven’t spent with my family so it was nice that I got to spen it with my neighbors whom I’ve become very close with–“My Hawaii Family <3” We went to a skate demo in chinatown and then cooked steak for dinner!

Another fun thing that I got to do while I was here was go to the water park wet n wild in Kapolei! EVERYONE SHOULD GO! It was so fun, I felt like a little kid again running aroud to each water slide 🙂 I’m definitely enjoying my time in Hawaii and I’m trying to do as much as I can do before my time is up!!

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Student Spotlight VII: Nikki Walsh

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Nikki at the beach

Penn State junior Nikki Walsh is a kinesiology major from Souderton, PA.  She heard about the ASH program from a friend who attended UH through National Student Exchange.  Nikki and her friend are now sharing an apartment in Honolulu and having lots of good times.

Nikki is a sports fan and follows the Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, and, of course, the Penn State Nittany Lions.  While here in Hawai‘i, she remains a long-distance sports fan while her time is shared with other pursuits.  Besides taking classes in “History of the Hawaiian Islands”, “Theater – Intro to Acting”, “Sports Biomechanics” and “Nutrition in Sport and Exercise”, she’s been hiking (recently conquering Koko Head Crater), snorkeling, and beach going.  Check out her recent blog about an excursion to Lanikai  ( By the way, Nikki recommends Boots and Kimo’s in Kailua for macadamia nut pancakes!  Over Spring Break she and her parents spent at week on Kauai and enjoyed many adventures, including a helicopter tour, a catamaran to Ni‘ihau (the “Forbidden Island”), a visit to Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of Hawai‘i), and a hike along the spectacular Na Pali Coast.

Her future goal is to attend Physicians Assistant School, after which she may return to Honolulu for work because “here in Hawai‘i the weather is gorgeous, and I’m happier than ever!”

Getting to know Nikki Walsh:

Favorite restaurant in Hawai‘i: Duke’s in Waikiki and Sansei (Sushi!)

Favorite restaurant in Pennsylvania: Brazzo’ Italian Restaurant

Favorite thing to do in Hawai‘i: Snorkeling, but looking forward to scuba diving and cliff jumping!

Favorite thing to do in Pennsylvania: Snowboarding in winter, attending sporting events, shopping and hanging out on South Street

Favorite book: Harry Potter

Favorite movie: one of my favorites is The Hangover

Favorite TV show: Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Glee

Craziest ambition: To backpack through Europe

Best talent: Dancing – hip hop and jazz

First job: Working at Tantopia, a tanning salon

Something people don’t know about me:  I’m overly obsessed with eating ketchup!  I’ve even dipped waffles in ketchup.

Proudest accomplishment: Coming to UH through the ASH program.  I’m really a homebody and like to stay in close proximity to my family.

The most famous person I’ve met: My family and I met Howie Mandel at a hotel in Italy.

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Katherine Heigl

Person I’d most like to meet: Country music singer Tim McGraw

The reality show I’d go on: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

If I’m cooking, we’re having: Pasta!



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Pillbox Hiki In Lanikai!!

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Hey guys this is my first time posting! I just wanted to tell everyone that they should definitely do the Pillbox hike in Lanikai, it is gorgeous and it didn’t take that long.  At the top you have a beautiful view of lanikai beach and the two magic islands :). Also at the top are old world war 2 bunkers that are pretty neat!

Me on top of the bunker :)

I went this past sunday and after the hike I got a guacomole, bacon and cheeseburger from Teddy’s and a smoothie from Jamba Juice! After that I went to the Lanikai beach and layed out for a little, however, it started to rain s I had to head back home 🙂