Two UH Hilo students embark on Semester at Sea ’round-the-world voyage

Kaiulani Kamau, a kinesiology and exercise sciences major, and Raelyn Eckret, a geology major, join 629 international students for a 112-day educational visit to 15 cities in 12 countries on a voyage around the world.


Above video: As the students of Semester at Sea’s Spring 2015 voyage board the MV Explorer, they reflect on their first experiences on the ship and their anticipation of the 112 day, round-the-world journey to come. UH Hilo student Kaiulani Kamau is featured in the video.

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Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students each received a UH Hilo Semester at Sea scholarship in the amount of $14,370 to participate in the Semester at Sea program this semester.

Kaiulani Kamau, a kinesiology and exercise sciences major, and Raelyn Eckert, a geology major, are currently on a 112-day educational visit to 15 cities in 12 countries on a voyage around the world. Kamau is featured in a video produced by Semester at Sea (first appearance at 0:39 in video), where students are asked to share their thoughts about the voyage (above).

Their journey started on Jan. 7, 2015, from San Diego, California. More about their embarkation:

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Students stand in line to board the MV Explorer. Photo courtesy of Semester at Sea. Click to enlarge.

The port of Ensenada, Mexico stood prepared for the 629 students arriving from San Diego on ten buses. This group of anxious students would soon board a ship filled with faculty, staff, and crew members – all about to form one single, cohesive community aboard the MV Explorer.

As the students arrived, passport in hand and new best friend by their side, it was clear that they were about to enter a new world, a world of opportunity. The adventure begins, as they embark on a journey around the world, visiting 15 cities, in 12 different counties, over 112 days with Semester at Sea.

The UH Hilo Semester At Sea Scholarship Program is a cooperative partnership between UH Hilo and the Institute for Shipboard Education. The program’s aim is to provide a unique learning experience and broaden a student’s global perspective to create leaders for the future.

The Semester At Sea Scholarship is available to full-time and classified UH Hilo students who meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptance to Semester At Sea Program
  • 3.0 UH Hilo GPA
  • 24 completed college credits
  • Financial need
  • Excellent recommendation
  • Preference to first-generation college students

To learn more about global education opportunities at UH Hilo, contact Peleiupu Thomas or visit UH Hilo Study Abroad.