Hawaii Study Tour 2007

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.

Lava poured over the road near Pahoa and then solidified.  No driving either!

Part of the tour hangs out in the Thurston Lava Tube

The tour enjoys some Hawaiian java at the Kona Coffee Plantation

Turtles at the City of Refuge, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Akaka Falls on the big island

A mood shot at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The class visits a church in Hilo

Open air market scene in Hilo, big island Hawaii

View down a street in Hilo towards the open Pacific.  Just another day in Paradise!
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