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GO Hawai’i: A Three Prong Approach to Understanding Hawaiian Culture

Students spend two weeks experiencing the unique and distinctive culture and history of three islands in Hawaii. By attending many cultural programs, students will gain a greater understanding of Hawaiian way of life, both past and present.

GO HawaiiOn Oahu, the group will visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, ‘Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor and learn about preserving the remaining coral reef environments by attending a training session and snorkeling in a protected marine life conservation area.

On the Big Island of Hawai’i, they will take an educational tour through Volcanoes National Park, and see the recent hardened volcanic flows as well as ancient craters, lava tubes and petroglyphs.

Finally, on Kauai, the oldest and most rural of the islands visited, they will experience and learn the origination of characteristic traditions such as poi-making, hula dancing and the luau. The experience will include service projects with Native Hawaiians.

Dates: To be determined

Prerequisite: Readings and research as assigned by the program director.

Academic credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfy the GO requirement.

Majors of interest: Open to all majors.

Application: Students apply online through the “apps” section on MySU.

Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.

Program directors: Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, and John Tom, head volleyball coach.

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