International Studies (Hawaii)

Travel Study: Hawai’i

10-Day Educational Program in O’ahu

Faculty-Led Trip to the Island of O’ahu

During Summer Session: July 7-17, 2019

Through the study of Polynesian culture and a focus on the history of the Pacific region, students will experience a heightened level of cultural and environmental awareness on this 10-day travel study program in Hawai’i.

Students will enjoy excursions in Honolulu, Central O’ahu, the Windward Coast, and North Shore.

Planned Excursions:

  • Explore the Iolani Palace and learn about the royal history of Hawai’i.
  • Spend the day at Haunama Bay Nature Preserve, a pristine marine ecosystem, to learn about conservation.
  • Enjoy a day at Dole Plantation to understand the pineapple industry and the significance of the plantation in Hawai’ian life.
  • Experience the beauty and tradition of the Waimea Valley.
  • Other daily excursions and many opportunities to swim, snorkle, surf and enjoy the majesty of Oah’u.

Below are some frequently asked questions about this program.

  • How do I sign up for the Program?

    Contact Professor Kolette Draegan at 520-494-5316 or

    To reserve a spot in the Program, participants need to determine which way they want to participate (Literature 233, Environmental Science 101, or Community Education), complete the Participant Profile, and provide a $300 non-refundable deposit.

    Complete Participant Profile Here:

  • Is there a deadline to sign up?

    Sign ups are on a first-come-first-served basis by following the process described above. There are limited numbers of spots for each of the three ways to participate. Once those spots are taken, sign ups will close. If they do not fill, the final date to sign up and submit a deposit is April 4th, 2019.

  • How do I pay for the Program?

    Program Cost $1450:

    -$300 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the program and is applied toward the Program cost.

    -$575 is due no later than February 4th, 2019.

    -$575 is due no later than May 1st, 2019.


    Participants will purchase airfare on their own once notified by Program Coordinator.  Payment is made directly to airline or travel agent.


    Tuition is paid to the College and is due at the time of registration. Students may contact the cashier’s office to discuss a tuition payment plan.

  • Can I use financial aid to pay for the Program?

    Using your financial aid award to cover Program costs may be possible, if you enroll in one of the courses and it fulfills a requirement for your degree or certificate program.

    To determine whether or not you can use your financial aid, you will need to meet with a financial aid advisor.

  • Can I make monthly payments or set up a payment plan?

    The only payment plan is the one outlined above in ‘How do I pay for the Program?’. This program is developed and organized “in house,” which means there is no third-party company taking payments.

  • Do I need a passport? Visa?

    Since Hawai’i is part of the United States, U.S. citizens do not need a passport. If you are not a U.S. citizen, plan to bring your passport with you.

  • What’s included in the Program cost?

    -Accommodations during the Program

    -All program activities, tours, and entrance fees as described in the Program Itinerary

    -Meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 6.

  • What additional costs are there?

    -Tuition for LIT233 or ENV101

    -Community Education fee (for non-credit option only)

    -Round-trip Airfare to Honolulu

    -All meals and beverages beginning with lunch on Day 6 through the end of the program.

    -Any shopping you wish to do during the tours (you may want to bring an extra suitcase!)

    -Additional activities during free time (including surf lessons)

    -Travel insurance

    -Any cost associated with trip extensions (see ‘Can I extend my stay in Hawai’i?’)

  • Can the Program accommodate dietary restrictions?

    Meals for the first half of the trip will take place mostly in the UH Manoa dining hall. There are vegetarian options available.

    Meals for the second half of the trip will be the responsibility of the participant. The accommodations have kitchens, and there is a large grocery story (Foodland) ½ block away. Please contact Professor Draegan for specific cases.

  • What are the accommodations like?

    Days 1-5 will be in one of the dormitory halls at University of Hawai’i Manoa. Participants will be assigned to a dorm room based on double occupancy. Each quad unit has two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Each bedroom has two beds.

    Days 6-11 will be at a plantation-style hostel on the beach. Each cabin has six individual beds, a kitchen, and a shared bathroom. Upgrade to more private accommodations may be available for an extra cost.

  • Can I extend my stay in Hawai’i?


    If you choose to arrive early, you will need to meet the group at the University of Hawai’i dormitory between 4:00pm and 8:00pm on Day 1.

    If you choose to extend your stay, you can choose to travel to Honolulu International Airport with the group on Day 11 or make your way from our North Shore accommodations on your own to your next destination!

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