The Introduction

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is our port of entry to this most isolated state. In addition to being our gateway to the islands, it serves as an introduction to Hawaiian geology, history, and culture.

The hand-carved sculpture (tiki) is only one of a multitude of historic and cultural displays in the Bishop Museum, established in 1889.

The USS Arizona National Memorial in Pearl Harbor provides a moving experience and insight into one of the most pivotal moments in modern Hawaiian and U.S. history.

An evening in Waikiki gives students time to explore the commercial aspects of modern Hawaii. Many participants visit the well-known International Marketplace, where they meet the locals and shop for crafts.

The interplay of volcanic landforms and oceanic life is well exhibited in Hanauma Bay State Park. Hanauma Bay began as a coastal (littoral) tuff cone breached by ocean waves. The wall of the crater and surrounding ocean cliffs reveals evidence of a violent eruption. Now it houses a huge fringing coral reef complex. Other geologic points of interest include elevated shoreline and reef limestone deposits.