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Learning Opportunities on Oahu
HELP students have numerous opportunities to use English and improve their communication skills through once-in-lifetime activities on the island of Oahu. Students can learn about the history and culture of Hawaii, discover nature, meet people from various ethnic backgrounds, and experience the Hawaiian lifestyle. Every week, HELP faculty organize trips and extra-curricular activities for students, extending the learning experience to outside of the classroom. Students can also explore the island in their free time.
Below are a few of the places where students will actively learn English:
The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
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HELP students can interact daily with more than 1000 international students from over 100 countries at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). Students can join clubs such as the international student association, or participate in activities like movie nights, food tastings, and concerts. Students can also go to athletic events, art exhibits, and theater productions. The campus environment itself provides unique learning opportunities with buildings such as a Japanese tea garden and a Korean-palace inspired Center for Korean Studies, and more than 800 species of trees and plants.
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum is the largest museum in Hawaii and specializes in the history, art, and culture of the Hawaiian people. Students can see the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture and history.
Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve where visitors can snorkel in a living coral reef and see a variety of fish and other marine life. There are about 400 species of fish in the bay and it is common to see sea turtles. Visitors are required to watch an orientation video about the bay before entering, and the law prohibits people from mistreating the coral reef and marine animals.
Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is a theme park where students can experience Polynesia. PCC has 7 villages that represent different Polynesian cultures, and at night, the park offers the Ali’i Luau where visitors can see a dance and fire show while experiencing a luau.
Hawaii Capitol Historic District
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Downtown Honolulu is where the center of Hawaii’s government has existed since the Hawaiian Kingdom ruled the islands. The area has many government buildings including Iolani Palace, the Hawaii State Capitol, the famous King Kamehameha statue, Honolulu Hale (City Hall), Washington Place, and the Hawaii State Library. The area is filled with historical and cultural significance. Students can learn much about Hawaii’s history by taking a walking tour of the district.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (U.S.S. Arizona Memorial)
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The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is a memorial of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Visitors can take a boat to the Arizona Memorial and learn about the U.S. and Hawaii’s role in WWII at the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center. Free walk up tickets are available daily for the Arizona Memorial and Visitor’s Center, and visitors can pay an admission fee to also visit the U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine and Pacific Aviation Museum.