Students from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Norway, and the United Kingdom toured a few of Hilo’s landmark sites while getting to know each other and sharing in the excitement of having a new island home.
Newly arrived international students at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo took a tour of their new island home on Saturday. Taking the rainy weather in stride, the students visited Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, Hilo Farmer’s Market, and Richardson’s Beach. The group also made a stop to finish up their shopping for their dorm rooms and apartments.
“It was an opportunity for students to see a bit of the community and become familiar with places they will want to return to,” says Todd Shumway, director of the Global Exchange program at UH Hilo. “While the weather was a little daunting, the students were able to see the full force of nature at work on the Wailuku River.”
Shumway adds, “It was also good for students from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Norway, and the United Kingdom to have a chance to get to know each other and share their excitement for their new home.”
The outing was organized by Jim Mellon, executive director of Global and Intercultural Education Programs and advisor for international students and the International Student Association. The trip was sponsored by the UH Hilo Center for Global Education and Exchange, the Office of International Student Services, and the International Student Association.
-UH Hilo Stories