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Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy hosts Japanese students with the UH Hilo Conference Center

Five pharmacy students and their faculty sponsor from Matsuyama University in Japan visited UH Hilo from Feb. 23 to March 8 and were treated to an overview the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. UH Hilo has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Matsuyama, and the program was part of the Hawaiian EDventure program, sponsored by the UH Hilo Conference Center . . .

. . . The students were able to enjoy many aspects of Hawaiian life through the Hawaiian EDventure program, such as tours of Rainbow Falls, King Kamehameha Statue, Naha Stone, Coconut Island and Liliuokalani Park. The tours fit in the concept of the EDventure Program, said the Conference Center’s Sharay Uemura.

“Adding the educational component isour specialty and is what makes us entirely different from the standard tour companies,” Uemura said. “We believe that in order to receive the most benefit from what our island has to offer, the educational component is necessary. Although our programs may visit a lot of the same locations as a regular tour company, the educational component is deeply intertwined. It has not been challenging to incorporate education because our island is so enriched with science and culture that it overflows with education.”

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Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonials

Click here for original testimonialsYellow, orange, and pink sunset on the horizon with coconut tree sillhouettes, pacific ocean, and clouds. Best of Hawaii and Kauai testimonial

William from Eugene, OR
Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 01/04/14 – 01/14/14

A rare and worthwhile experience. Bright participants and a joy to be with, this being my 21st Elderhostel. 2nd half on Hawaii had exceedingly good presenters and Claudia mother hubbar’d us to perfection.

William from Eugene, OR
Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 01/04/14 – 01/14/14

A rare and worthwhile experience. Bright participants and a joy to be with, this being my 21st Elderhostel. 2nd half on Hawaii had exceedingly good presenters and Claudia mother hubbar’d us to perfection.

Best of Kauai’s Natural and Cultural Wonders Testimonials

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Francisco from Del Mar, CA
Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 02/25/14 – 03/03/14

Kaua‘i's Grand CanyonI enjoyed the comprehensive coverage of the entire island. Evening talk story sessions we’re entertaining and instructive. Nelson Kaai is another Jay Leno. Sabra Kauka gives a dignified presentation from the native Hawaiian perspective. Chuck Blay’s discussion of the geology of Kaua’i changed my thinking.

Raymond from Vienna, VA
Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 02/03/13 – 02/09/13

We recommend the Kauai experience

Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonial

The Best of Hawaii and KauaiBest of Hawaii and Kauai program featuring Rainbow falls in Hilo, Hawai‘i

  • 11 Days | 10 Nights
  • Program #1413RJ
  • Number of programs attended: 3
  • Date attended: 02/18/13 – 02/28/13

Two Kupuna (seniors or elders) with Head Lei (Haku) for Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonial

“If you want an overview of the geology, history and both ancient and current Hawaiian culture, this is the program for you. The in-country program directors were the best I have had on any Roadscholar program.”

– Tom from Waunakee, WI

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Thank You Card From Japanese Participants

Japanese participants on the top of Mauna Kea

  • Big Island Candies ONO. We love it!
  • I was happy that I could come to UH. Mahalo. I will continue to learn Hula with a joy.
  • Mahalo, Mahalo, Thank you. It was a joyous memory. Noriko
  • Started from wonderful greetings, I felt so happy. Thank you. Naoka
  • The beautiful nature and beautiful hearts. I love Hilo and cookies too. Thank you. Yukiko
  • Thank you. I enjoyed this program. Natsuki
  • ALOHA! JUDITH
  • Thank you for the cookies. I will buy more for the souvenir. Noriyo
  • I want to come back to Hilo. Pikakenuilani Kinoshita
  • It was the best day of my Hula life. Pualilia
  • ALOHA- It was a great experience for me. Thank you! Sachiko Uono
  • Thank you for inviting us. Junko
  • Mahalo. Aya Kealohilani
  • Mahalo. Keiko Iwamoto
  • Thank you for the great experience. Miyuki
  • Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. S. Yoshida
  • The candies tasted good especially when we were tired. Kazuko
  • Thank you. Mitsuyo Fukuoka
  • Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. The lessons were fun. I will not forget. Hiromi K
  • I love Hilo. I love Hula. Mahalo Nui Loa. Yumiko Hosokawa
  • Big Island Candies were delicious! Mahalo. Ritsuko
  • I did not know that there was the UH in Hilo also. For me, coming to UH became a good memory.
    Thank you. Marika T
  • Thank you for the delicious cookies. Mahalo. Setsuko
  • Everyday was a moving experience. I want to come back next year. K.H.Yanagi
  • It was a fulfilling 5 days of program. Thank you for everything. Mahalo. Shino
  • I love you. I am a Judith fan. Thank you so much. Miyuki

National Geographic Testimonial

Among the 100 best vacations to enrich your life

The 100 best vacations to enrich your life

National Geographic ranked the Hawaiian EDventure “monitor active volcanoes” program in “the 100 best vacations to enrich your life

(Grout, Pam. The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich your Life. Washinghton, DC: National Geographic, 2009.)

…”you’ll study with scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, exploring lava tubes, trekking across historic lava flows, and learning basic field methods in volcano monitoring. You’ll collect seismic, geodetic, and geochemical data and learn how to interpret it. But volcanoes aren’t the only thing you can study through Hawaiian EDventures, which custom designs each new adventure”.

“A typical day can consist of any number of activities, depending on what you’re interested in learning”, says Judith Fox-Goldstein, director of the program, who has won several travel and business awards.  “You can learn how to weave lauhala baskets and string lei with Kupuna (elders), study the stars at the Mauna Kea Observatory, or plant taro with farmers in Waipio Valley”.