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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 Hawai’i. By attending cultural programs, visiting important locations and learning about traditional practices, students will gain a greater GO Hawaiiunderstanding of Hawaiian way of life, both past and present.

GO Hawai’i provides unique experiences for our students and affords them with access to events, locations and people that are not accessible to the typical visitor. They will experience and learn the origination of characteristic traditions such as poi-making, hula dancing and the luau. They will learn true Hawaiian history and learn the story of Hawai'i as told by people of the Hawaiian race. In addition, the experience will include one or more service projects with native Hawaiians.

Dates: May 11 - 27, 2015

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.

Cost: $4,850, which includes accommodation, airfare, activities and meals.

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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