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2024.03.11Advanced Programs

A Journey of Exploration: Kansai University Students in Honolulu

In March 2024, a group of 15 students from Kansai University embarked on an exciting journey to Honolulu, Hawaii, accompanied by the Coordinator for Outbound Programs, Nahoko Nishiwaki. For half of these students, it was their first time traveling abroad. Upon their arrival in Honolulu on the morning of March 9, the students were greeted by the inviting warmth of Hawaiian weather, setting the stage for a memorable weekend of exploration and cultural immersion. Throughout the weekend, the students eagerly delved into the vibrant city of Honolulu. They explored its bustling streets, basked in the sun at picturesque beaches, conquered the iconic Diamond Head trail, and marveled at the colorful fireworks illuminating the sky during the Honolulu Festival. These experiences provided the students with a chance to fully immerse themselves in a new environment and mentally and physically prepare for the on-site program ahead, which would continue until March 16.


On March 11, the group embarked on a visit to two esteemed educational institutions: Kapi'olani Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Accompanied by Dr. Keiko Ikeda, the students were given comprehensive campus tours and insightful presentations. At Kapi'olani Community College, they received valuable insights into the University of Hawaiʻi System from two staff members, Takeshi Miyake and Damian Zukeran. They learned about the operations of community colleges and universities within the system, as well as the process of studying at a US community college, transferring to a university, and exploring post-graduation opportunities, including Optional Practical Training (OPT). The visit to the University of Hawaii at Manoa was equally enlightening. Dr. Nori Tarui, Professor of Economics, delivered an engaging presentation on the College of Social Sciences. Led by Spencer Kimura, Director of International Programs, and accompanied by two UH Manoa students, the Kansai University students explored the sprawling campus, adorned with tropical flora, and engaged in meaningful interactions with their local counterparts. Throughout their journey, the students will be immersed in the principles of ecological sustainability and cultural diversity, enriching their academic and personal growth as they continue their educational odyssey with enthusiasm and curiosity. Stay tuned for more updates as they embark on this inspiring educational adventure.


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