Study in Paradise

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Hawaiian Culture and Society

This course has been postposed for a future time.

If you and your friends still want to go during that time we could do it as a club and I could direct it for the same cost, but then you can’t use financial aid.

COMM 3853 Fall 2015
A Cross Cultural Communication Travel Course

(The Course was not approved by university administrators at this time)

Fall 2015 Travel Course
Professor Gary Gillespie, Travel Director and Instructor.

Earn three Credits while Traveling to the Island of Oahu this Fall!

                        During Reading Days in mid October — Perfect! 

Objectives: Students immerse themselves in the Pacific Island culture of Hawaii and participate in intercultural communication with residence including native Hawaiian people.

Hawaiian Luau
Northwest students enjoy luau

Students will experience and study components of traditional Hawaiian culture such as art, music, religion, dance, food, language and social structure and come to understand how Hawaiian culture is expressed today.

Honolulu is one of the most diverse and multicultural communities in the world. Students will be exposed to the variety of co-cultures that inter-relate on the Island of Oahu. We will learn about the impact of immigration and western influences that have shaped the Hawaii we know today.

Features of contemporary Hawaiian society include how Hawaii became a US state, the history of the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II, surfing culture, sugar cane, pineapple and banana planations, the tourist industry and a revival of native hula dancing, music, art and language.

Course Details:
The course will meet for four sessions on Tuesday evening for pre-travel learning activities and lectures.

Students will post responses to readings and videos to prepare themselves for what to look for during the travel.

Then during the reading days in mid October the class will make the six hour flight to Oahu. We will stay six days and five nights, departing on Wednesday afternoon, October 21 and returning on Monday October 26. (Students will miss one day of classes on that Monday).

After the travel the class will meet once for reflection on what was learned. Each student will present an oral report and paper on their selected cultural artifact.

Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 21. Depart SeaTac airport, arrive Honolulu in the eveningStaying at the Queen Kapiolani hotel  Photos of hotel. Our hotel is two blocks from the beach and across the street from the large Kapiolani park.

Thursday, Oct. 22. Explore Waikiki Beach and the cityhike Diamond Head, snorkelingsurfing lessons, military museum, art galleries, shopping, Hawaiian music, arts and crafts exercise in the hotelGroup dinner.

Friday, Oct. 23. Drive vans to Pearl Harbor exhibit, north shore, visit Waimea Falls native botanical garden reserve. Return hotel 6:30 PM. Dinner on your own.

Saturday, Oct. 24. 
Bishop Native Culture museum, Polynesian Cultural Center, evening luau and dance exhibit. Return to hotel 11 PM.

Sunday, Oct. 25  
Free day. Optional Hanauma Bay snorkeling or hike to lighthouse. Group farewell dinner.

Monday, Oct. 26.
Depart Honolulu in the afternoon. Return Seattle late evening.

Estimated Course Fee:

$1,300. Includes airfare, ground transportation, six nights hotel double occupancy, three group dinners, Pearl Harbor National Historic Site admission, Bishop Native Culture museum admission, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waimea Falls admission, native dance exhibit.

Course fee may be added to your financial aid package.

Students should plan on about $150 personal costs for breakfast and lunch and tourist activities not included.

Reserve Your Spot!

Only 24 students are permitted to attend this trip.

Tentative Registration and roommate reservation.

Add your name to this wiki to show your interest.

No obligation but it will help in our planning. If you know who you want for a room-mate let me know.–+travel+to+paradise+fall+2015%21

About the Travel Director and Instructor. Professor Gary Gillespie has traveled to Hawaii nine times for student groups and vacations. He teaches courses in Intercultural Communication and has a long time fascination with native culture.


Earn three Credits while Traveling to the Island of Oahu this Fall!

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