Waiting for Spring Semester 2014

January in Hawaii can’t come sooner for this semester’s ASH students! They are flying in from some of the coldest places in the US, having endured this past week’s polar vortex! Students  hail from Bates, Ithaca, and Vassar Colleges in the North East, DePauw and U. of Wisconsin in the Mid-West, and Virginia Tech and U. of Arkansas in the South. We even have a student attending from the U. of Copenhagen in Denmark. Warmer weather, sunshine, and exciting new adventures await all of them!

It’s actually winter time here in Honolulu as well, as temperatures dropped down to 75 degrees. Snow actually covered the mountains on the Big Island earlier this winter. For some striking pictures of snow atop Mauna Kea, click here.

Now I’ll jump on the “Throwback Thursday” bandwagon and post a picture from the ASH photo library. Enjoy and come visit soon!

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Fall Semester 2013 Media Contest

The results of the Fall Semester 2013 Media Contest are in! This time we left the contest open-ended, meaning video, stories, pictures, text, and anything else that falls in the category of web-worthy would be accepted. Hence the name “Media” Contest. We didn’t get any videos of big wave surfing on the North Shore, fabulous hula, or green flashes during sunsets, but we did get some wonderful photos submitted by two students, Emily Appleton and Sarah Hackshaw.

Enjoy the pictures and think about joining us soon for a study away in Hawai‘i.

Sara on the Sailboat

Sara on the Sailboat

Winning Photo by Emily Appleton

“Sailing on the Makani charter. Sara found herself a job working on the boat. Not getting paid but the hours she works will go towards her captain’s license if she chooses to pursue it at some point!  Took the picture at sunset on friday, they do about a 3 hour sail that finishes off with the friday night fireworks on Waikiki beach.”

Hiking Kahana Bay

Hiking Kahana Bay

Runner Up Photo taken by Sara Freshley, submitted by Emily Appleton

“Photo credit to Sara Freshley from our Kahana Bay hike. Wouldnt recommend the hike to novice hikers! we were unprepared to say the least and found ourselves in some sticky situations. good teamwork saw us safely to the ground.”

Here are the other entries.

Shaka on the beach

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Waipao

Handstand on the beach

On the Manoa Falls Hike

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw

Student Spotlight: Sarah Hackshaw

 

Honolulu is just one more stop for ASH student Sarah Hackshaw as she dances across the US!

 

Sarah announcing her home state on the beach

Sarah announcing her home state on the beach

Home School: Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Home Town: Columbus, Ohio

Major: I’m a double major in Dance and Psychology

Favorite UHM Class: Hula class. We learn a bit of culture and language as we learn the dance style.

Favorite Form of Social Media: Twitter and Instagram. I like to travel and post pictures of where I’ve been. And I have lots of funny friends who post entertaining things.

What’s on your iPod? A lot of mainstream artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake, some reggae, and what I call “beachy music,” like Jason Mraz.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Lively.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Spontaneous!

Sarah and fellow ASH student Margo

Sarah and fellow ASH student Margo

What is your top accomplishment? Getting on So You Think You Can Dance. This summer I travelled to Memphis by myself to audition for the show. It was a long and difficult process! I got through 4 auditions before I was cut just before the televised audition in Vegas.

What was your greatest adventure? I travelled to Fiji with the VESA organization (Volunteer Eco Students Association). We volunteered at a local school, sanding, painting and refurbishing the buildings and teaching English. We lived with host families, enjoying their cooking and hospitality. The second part of the program was a trip across the country. We visited 7 different islands. It was a wonderfully humbling experience. I definitely grew as a person.

Dream Job: My dream job is to be a cruise ship dancer so I can get paid to perform and travel across the world.

What’s next? Next semester I’ll go back to Ohio State, but next year I’d like to do either a Semester at Sea or the Disney College Program.

Fun Fact: Each summer I do a dance intensive program. I’ve been to Colorado, Los Angeles, and last summer I did a program with the New York City Rockettes.

Greatest Vice: Spending too much time on Social Media! I just did a speech for class about the ill effects of this. My brain is probably turning to mush!

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

Favorite TV Show: All those 90s shows like, That’s So Raven, Powder Puff Girls, and 3’s Company.

The Reality Show I’d Go On: The Amazing Race

The Most Famous Person I’ve Met: Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. When I was at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, we were invited to a party at Ms. Allen’s house. There were lots of actors there.

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Gabrielle Union.

Person I’d most like to meet: Malcolm X – he was so controversial!

My favorite dancer: Josephine Baker, who was very famous in Paris in the 1920s.

If I’m cooking we’re having: Grilled cheese sandwiches because I can’t cook!

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Aloha Courtyard near the dorms. We play volleyball there and hang out with friends. It’s so nice there in the evenings.

Favorite Local Food: I haven’t eaten too much local food, but I do like Spam Musubi. My friend from Waianae invited me to his house for Thanksgiving, and I’m really excited to have a Hawaiian style Thanksgiving meal!

Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition: The Shaka! I like what it stands for.

Favorite Hawai‘i Place: The Koko Head hike – the views of two sides of the island are astounding at the top – or Makaha Beach  – it’s so pretty and not crowded. The waves were just rough enough to make it fun to swim. My friends and I stayed all day!

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Student Spotlight: Emily Appleton and Sara Freshley

Student Spotlight: Surfing from Maine to Hawai‘i

 The ASH “Student Spotlight” series profiles two students from Fall Semester 2013 who bring east coast-style surfing skills from Maine all the way to Hawai‘i.

Emily Appleton and Sara Freshley are marine science majors from the University of Maine who enjoy the water, adventures of all kinds, and cruising on skateboards around campus. They fit comfortably into the scene at the University of Hawai‘i at . Emily began surfing off the coast of Maine when she was about 8 years old, learning from her dad, and Sara began to surf about 2 or 3 years ago. They are both picking up all the ins and outs of surfing on the Pacific coast with its different shore breaks and reefs. “We’re still figuring it out,” says Emily. But hey, it’s only been a few weeks since their arrival!

Emily and Sara at China Walls

Emily and Sara at China Walls

Favorite UH Class
Emily: Conservation Biology. It’s a small class with about 20 -30 students including a mix of grad and undergrads. We discuss both Hawai‘i and global issues dealing with conservation.
Sara: My class Beverage Crops is fun. We actually make juices and taste test. The professor is kick.

 

Favorite Form of Social Media
Emily: Instagram.
Sara: Facebook or Instagram.

 

One Word (or four) That Best Describes You
Both: Easy going, chillin‘, fun loving, adventurous

 

Greatest Adventure
Both: This semester in Hawai‘i!
Emily: Everyone at home thought we were crazy when we talked about our plans.
Sara: It sounds unoriginal, but everyday really is an adventure here. We find something new to do all the time.
We’ve done a sunset surf at Diamond Head, visited Sunset Beach on the North Shore, gone body surfing at Sandy’s, jumped at China Walls, and this weekend we’re flying to Maui to visit a friend of mine who is also a surfer.

 

A Famous Person You’ve Met
Last year at the University of Maine we were driving to campus to watch a showing of “Come Hell or High Water”, a documentary about body surfing. Walking along the road was Mark Cunningham, one of the most famous body surfers ever, who happens to be from Hawai‘i and one of the subjects of the movie. We stopped to pick him up and brought him to the showing. At that time we were still considering whether or not to come to Hawai‘i, but seeing him and talking to him must have been fate. We decided to go to Hawai‘i after that chance meeting!

First Job
Sara: Junior Camp Counselor at a local nature conservancy, doing trail work and other things.
Emily: When I was 12, the ice cream man at the beach (in Maine) would hire me to walk up and down the beach with a tiki torch and Sponge Bob pinata, ringing a bell. Lots of people followed me back to the ice cream.

 

Fun Fact
Emily: I like to rock climb and hope to do some here.
Sara: I spent a gap year between high school and college travelling to Mexico, California, Costa Rica, and Florida, participating in NOLS and Outward Bound wilderness trips. The experience helped me decide what to study at school.

 

What’s Next?
Both: We hope to do a summer program through the University of Maine where we study 2 weeks at the Darling Marine Center, a research facility on the ocean, and then 2 weeks in the Arctic, working with research scientists, snorkeling with beluga whales and studying polar bears.

 

Favorite Hawai‘i Place
Both: China Walls! We went on a beautiful; well, actually everyday is beautiful here.

 

Favorite Local Food
Sara: The fruit, like guava and papaya, things we don’t have in Maine.

 

Greatest Vice
Both: We have way too many activities!!

 

Proudest Accomplishment
Sara: I think we’re still looking for that.
Emily: We’re on our way there.

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Makapu‘u Lighthouse and Tide pools

Our incoming ASH students for Fall Semester 2013 will be arriving soon, ready to begin classes and explore the island. Here’s a posting for them and for anyone else who might be considering coming to UHM through the ASH program.

Looking for something to do on the weekend? Try the hike up to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse. The walk is not too long and goes along paved road, and the views at the top are stunning! Watch the waves tumble on Makapu‘u Beach below, gaze out to Rabbit Island and the pristine shoreline of Waimanalo Beach, and follow the paragliders as they soar through the sky with colorful wings.MakapuuLH.small

From Makapuu

Along the trail is an informational sign on whales from the Alaskan waters that come to Hawaii every March. At this sign is the steep, rocky trail down to a set of tide pools. Be careful here because the footing can be tricky! The tide pools are wonderful for swimming, and the waves crashing on the surrounding rocks are hypnotic.Makapuu Tidepools

Tidepools at Makapuu

Go with friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, breath in the fresh, salty air, and soak up the rays of the sun. It’s worth every step!

 

 

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Spring Semester 2013 Photo Contest

Here are the results of our Spring Semester 2013 Photo Contest. Congratulations to Brittany who sent in the winning photo. Included with each photo are the judge’s comments.

Consider coming to UHM next year and discover Hawaii with your own camera!

First Place, by Brittany

1. Crash - I've selected this as the winner due to the movement captured through her lens. It is as if you can hear the waves breaking on the shore line, and the water crawling through the crevices of the rocks, and the white wash slowly retreating back for another gasp along the shoreline. Lovely approach.

1. Crash – I’ve selected this as the winner due to the movement captured through her lens. It is as if you can hear the waves breaking on the shore line, and the water crawling through the crevices of the rocks, and the white wash slowly retreating back for another gasp along the shoreline. Lovely approach.

 

Second Place, by Alexis

Hauanama Bay - Great panoramic shot of Hauanama Bay. It's rather unfortunate that the trees were absent of  their leaves, but that gradient of blue in the ocean and the sky are working in unison to show what a nearly perfect day looks like.

Hauanama Bay – Great panoramic shot of Hauanama Bay. It’s rather unfortunate that the trees were absent of
their leaves, but that gradient of blue in the ocean and the sky are working in unison to show what a nearly perfect day looks like.

 

Third Place, by Brittany

Sunset - Love the color palette presented by this photo, the yellow and the orange compliment the shade of blue well. In addition, the water acts as a blanket covering the sand, and with the comfort of the night sky, one could almost get lost in it.

Sunset – Love the color palette presented by this photo, the yellow and the orange compliment the shade of blue well. In addition, the water acts as a blanket covering the sand, and with the comfort of the night sky, one could almost get lost in it.

 

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Student Spotlight: Alexis Ouellette — Making it Happen!

Alexis at the beach.

Alexis at the beach.

Meet Alexis Ouellette, a sophomore from Cheshire, Connecticut, spending spring semester in Hawai‘i.

Major: Communication Disorders (Speech Therapy)

Home School: Southern Connecticut State University

Favorite UHM Class: My favorite class, hands down, is Hawaiian Studies. I use what I learn in class to appreciate my surroundings while living here in Hawai‘i.

Favorite Form of Social Media: My current obsession is Instagram. I can share all my Hawai‘i photos with friends and family back home.

What’s on your iPod? Oh, everything and anything. I’ve got a lot of 80s hair bands that my dad would listen to (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, and more), rap for working out, and my favorite group, the Dave Matthews Band.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? I think the one word would be “grounded” or “focused”.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Same thing!

Top Accomplishment? I have two things. First, when I was a senior in high school I wanted to get into the University of Connecticut. My grades were good, but I knew I had to do more to get accepted. So to make it happen, I studied hard, got straight As, and took the SAT 3 times. Second, I also wanted somehow to go to the University of Hawai‘i. When I went to the Study Abroad office at UCONN I heard about National Student Exchange, but that program didn’t work out for me. I kept searching and eventually found the ASH program, and now I’m here – just where I want to be!

Dream Job: My dream job when I was younger was to be a dolphin trainer! Now I look forward to becoming a speech therapist and helping people.

Fun Fact: I used to do motocross, but I sold my dirt bike to buy a car.

Greatest Vice: I have the biggest sweet tooth!

Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy, Nashville and Modern Family.

The Reality Show I’d Go On: Survivor! I almost sent in a video to try out for the show. Maybe when I get back from Hawai‘i I’ll do it!

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Kate Hudson because she’s quirky and down to earth.

Favorite thing to do in Hawai‘i: I’m a beach bum, but my favorite thing to do here is hiking.

Near the Halona Blow Hole.

Near the Halona Blow Hole.

Favorite Local Food: Mochi Ice Cream from Bubbies. My friend and I go there every Friday to try some. Red velvet and chocolate peanut butter are my favorite flavors.

Favorite Hawai‘i Place: I think my favorite spot in Honolulu is Hanauma Bay. It’s so serene and different. But I’m taking a trip to the Big Island, so my favorite Hawai‘i place may change soon!

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Student Spotlight: Maria Tan

Maria at Waikiki Beach

Maria at Waikiki Beach

From Indonesia to Ohio to Hawai‘i to Shanghai, Maria Tan finds habitation around the world as she pursues her education and looks for adventure!

Home School: Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Home Town: Pemalang, Indonesia
Major: Communications

Favorite UHM Class: My Hawaiian Studies class with professor Kane is my favorite course. I’m also taking 2 history classes and a tourism management class.

Favorite Form of Social Media: Facebook. I can keep up with my Ohio State friends through Facebook while I’m here in Hawai‘i.
What’s on your iPod? Anything on the Top 40 list! I grew up listening to American pop music while I was in Indonesia.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Hmm – just one word? I would say, positive thinking.
What one word would your friends use to describe you? Cheerful.

What is your greatest adventure? Coming to Hawai‘i! I can’t believe I’m here. My friends from Ohio come to Hawai‘i for a vacation, but I’m LIVING here for entire semester!

Dream Job: My dream job is Fashion Public Relations in New York City.
What’s next? This summer I will go to Shanghai for an internship in Public Relations. I plan to study Mandarin when I get there. The company I’ll be working for is multi-national, so a lot of communication will be done in English.

Fun Fact: My favorite sport is wall climbing, which I learned to do in Ohio. I haven’t been climbing yet in Hawai‘i. I’ve been too busy visiting the beach parks. Today after class I’m going to the Pali Lookout and then to Waimanalo Bay to enjoy the beach.
Best Talent: Probably oil painting. When I go home to Indonesia I paint a lot. Supplies are much cheaper there than in the US! (Editor’s note: See samples of Maria’s painting below.)

"What Ladies Learn Growing Up"

“What Ladies Learn Growing Up”

"J'ai pour la beaute et la beaute pour la beaute."

“J’ai pour la beaute et la beaute pour la beaute.”

Greatest Vice: I have so many! Let’s see…too many nights I stay up until 5 am when I have a 9 am class the next day.
Favorite Movie: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby!
Favorite TV Show: Gossip Girl. I’m so sad it has ended.
The Reality Show I’d Go On: I don’t watch reality tv!
The Most Famous Person I’ve Met: Katarzyna Dolinska, a finalist from America’s Next Top Model. She’s quite intelligent.
Favorite Band or Singer: Taylor Swift

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Sustainability Courtyard is one of my favorite spots. Govinda’s is there! (Editor’s Note: Govinda’s is a vegetarian restaurant.)
If I’m cooking we’re having: Rendang, an Indonesian dish similar to beef curry.
Favorite Local Food: Kalua Pork and Spam Musubi.
Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition: I’m not sure if this is a Hawai‘i tradition, but I really was amazed with the Punahou Carnival. It is such a spectacular event, put on by a high school! I heard so much about the prestige of the school, so I was curious about the carnival they produce every year and decided to go. It was a lot of fun!
Favorite Hawai‘i Place: Do I have to choose just one? I will say the Kaneohe Sandbar and Aulani, the new Disney beach front resort.

At Aulani Disney Resort

At Aulani Disney Resort

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Student Spotlight: Brittany Bredehoeft and Cara Wyant

Brittany and Cara

Brittany and Cara

Meet Brittany and Cara, two students from opposite ends of the continent who join forces as ASH roommates and friends in Hawai‘i. Both have aspirations in the medical field and speak about experiences volunteering in hospitals. Oh, and they both have interests in the fine arts. Read on!

Home School
Brittany: Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington
Cara: Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania

Home Town
Brittany: Renton, Washington
Cara: Erie, Pennsylvania
Favorite Form of Social Media
Both: Facebook

What’s on your iPod?
Brittany: Everything! Irish music, rap, pop, hip hop …
Cara: Mainly alternative (Mariamas Trench is one of my favorites) and oldies from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? 
Brittany: Perceptive
Cara: Easy-going

What one word would your friends use to describe you?
Brittany: Kind-hearted
Cara: Sarcastic

Describe a turning point in your life.
Brittany: A turning point for me was the 1st time I helped deliver a baby at the hospital. Up until that point I was uncertain about what to do, and I was having some trouble with school and finances. But after my experience in the hospital, I knew that being a labor and delivery nurse was what I wanted to do. Then things began to happen with school.
Cara: My turning point also came while volunteering in a hospital. I watched facial reconstructions and plastic surgeries. After seeing the surgeons work I knew I wanted to become a plastic surgeon or anesthesiologist.

What was your first job?
Brittany: When I was 14 years old I was a clerk at “The Christmas Factory”, a store that sells Christmas things all year long.
Cara: I worked in our family’s deli business, making and delivering sandwiches.

Interesting Fact
Brittany: I was adopted in Hawai‘i. My family moved here for work when I was very young, and that’s when my stepfather adopted me. I still remember sitting in the judge’s office during the adoption process. We only lived here for a year, but I have so many wonderful memories from that time.
Cara: I’ve had 7 concussions – mostly from playing basketball and softball.

Best Talent
Brittany: I guess photography. (Editor’s note: check out some of Brittany’s photos on the ASH Facebook page.)
Cara: Probably drawing – I’m a Fine Arts major.

Greatest Vice
Brittany: Anything sweet to eat!
Cara: Smoothies!

Favorite Movie
Brittany: Lilo & Stitch!
Cara: Any horror movie

Favorite TV Show
Brittany: I have two favorites – Chicago Fire and Revenge
Cara: Supernatural

The Reality Show I’d Go On
Brittany: I don’t think there’s one out there that I would go on!
Cara: Survivor.

Favorite Local Food
Both: Li Hing Mui on pineapple!

Favorite Hawai‘i Place:
Both: The beach!

Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition
Brittany: The open and inviting nature of the people here.
Cara: The flower leis – I like colorful things!

 

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Student Spotlight: Julia Hanlon

 

Julia in action

Julia in action

The Sky’s The Limit!

Get to know ASH participant Julia Hanlon, a bright, cheerful, well-traveled student from the east coast who teaches yoga while studying for double degrees in ethnomusicology and religion.

Home School: Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts

UH Classes: I’m taking 5 courses: Understanding Indian Religions; an ethnomusicology seminar on the voice; an upper level religion seminar called Jesus the Class; Hula and Chant Ensemble; and Jazz Band. I really like my professors. They are charismatic lecturers!

What Instrument Do You Play? Actually I’m a singer.

Favorite form of social media: I prefer face-to-face interactions with real talk.

What’s on your iPod? Lots of things! I have some podcasts from NPR: On Being with Krista Tippett and This American Life. As for music, I like World Music and Jazz. In the last 24 hours I’ve listened to Kirtan, westernized Indian chants; India Arie, an R & B singer; Bon Iver; Juana Molina, an Argentinean singer; Krishna Das; and Ella Fitzgerald, an American Jazz singer.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Alive

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Curious

Describe a turning point in your life: I’d say a turning point came 11 years ago when I went to Croatia for the first time to meet family from my Mom’s side. My Mom’s family lives in Dubrovnik, a beautiful walled city on the Mediterranean Sea. This ancient city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. I’ve been back several times now.

Where else have you travelled? I’ve travelled to South America (Ecuador, Nicaragua, Columbia, Costa Rica), Mexico, Japan, and all over Europe. You can’t get to Croatia without stopping somewhere in Europe first!

Something that few people know about you: I love to people watch. When I’m on the bus, I don’t read or listen to music, but rather watch people and listen to their conversations! I’m also fascinated by the human body and how people walk.

What do you do in addition to your college study? I teach yoga and run. Since moving to Hawai‘i I’ve been substitute teaching in yoga studios in town. My freshman year at Bates I began a free yoga class for students, faculty and staff, and about 50 – 100 people would participate in each session. Now we have other teachers helping with classes. Over the past few years I’ve earned 500 hours of teacher training in Boston. Teaching yoga is my way of giving back to the world. In the yoga tradition we call it seva, or selfless service. (See Julia’s yoga blog here.)

What’s next?  Some colleagues and I are creating a national organization called Uniyogi, which connects college students in a community dedicated to yoga. It’s an organization for students by college students. We are compiling a database of teachers in colleges across the country and plan to host a summit in the spring 2014.

What are your long-term goals? To become a therapist and begin a holistic practice working with people struggling with addiction.

Favorite Hawai‘i tradition: I’ve been enjoying listening to people talk about the meaning of aloha spirit, which is partly about sharing.

Favorite local food: Okinawan sweet potatoes.

Favorite Hawai‘i place: To be discovered!

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