Sandy gives a harangue at Black Sand Beach on the big island
Green Sand Beach on the big island
Led by Cherie Enns, Sandy Vanderburgh and Stewart Brown, the 2007 Hawaii Study Tour had a full complement of 16 students and spent three weeks on Kauai, Oahu and the big island of Hawaii.
The tour travelled from sea level, where tourists mingle with sea turtles, to 5,000 meters in altitude, where trade winds scoured the lava flows of Mauna Kea and astronomers gazed at stars through some of the biggest optical telescopes on earth.
On the ground students studied volcanic landforms, local flora and fauna, to indigenous rights movements, a host of tourism and development related issues, and participated in the Downtown Hilo Revitalization Project.
Of course, there was also time for snor-kelling, swimming, and good Hawaiian food and, where possible, a luau and drinks with umbrellas in them. Needless to say, Hawaii is a perennial favourite with UFV Geography students, and this year's edition proved no different.