UH Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Short Term in Hawai‘i Program: Field Trips

Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum owns over 20 million objects including royal feather capes and weapons of war. It is an absorbing introduction to the history of Hawai‘i, from the canoe age of the first Polynesian explorers to the space age of astronauts training on the “lunar” cape of Kilauea Iki volcano. Catch a planetarium show, a demonstration of hula or stories of the native oral tradition.

Honolulu Academy of Arts

The museum’s permanent collection offers a look at one of the country’s finest holdings of Asian art. The many exhibits offer never-ending surprises: Kabuki actor prints, calligraphy and paintings of the Wu school, paintings of traditional Hawaiian tattoos, and much more. A guided tour of the galleries is followed by free time to explore the many treasures here.

‘Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace is the last official residence of kings and queens who ruled Hawai‘i as a united kingdom for a century, and before that, as separate kingdoms for a thousand years. Trace the footsteps of royalty with a docent-lead tour as you take an historic journey from the 1882 completion of King Kalakaua’s new palace to the 1893 dethronement of Hawai‘i’s last Queen, Lili‘uokalani.

Multicultural Tour of O‘ahu

Explore the island of O’ahu on this day-long tour featuring sites important to the different ethnic groups that comprise the population of the islands. A lecturer will accompany you to explain the history and significance of your stops. Please note this field trip is considered both lecture and field trip.

Religious Sites of O‘ahu

Explore religious sites around the island of O‘ahu on this day-long field trip. Sites visited often encompass native Hawaiian religion, Japanese religion, Chinese religion, Indian religion, and so on. A lecturer will accompany you to explain the significance of each site. Please note this field trip is considered both lecture and field trip.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

The simple, Greek revival-style summer home of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma still contains an extensive collection of Hawaiian and European treasures. Displays occupy every room in the palace, including feather cloaks, capes, period furnishings, and gifts from the Queen of England and the Maharaja in India.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Students will experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the classic tea house on our campus. The architecture and layout as well as the elements of the ceremony are explained by a narrator.

Temple/Shrine Tour

The tour takes students on an exploration of local temples and shrines, which may be Buddhist, Taoist, or Shinto, and may also be Japanese, Chinese or Korean. A lecturer will accompany you to explain the religion and also the history of the religion in Hawai‘i. Please note this field trip is considered both lecture and field trip.

Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village

Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village features an overview of plantation buildings that could be found on many sugar plantations throughout Hawai’i in the early 1900s, and features homes furnished with items reflecting the immigration of workers from China, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Okinawa, Korea and the Philippines.

Chinatown Walking Tour

The Chinatown walking tour winds through the streets of downtown Honolulu, pausing briefly at stores that feature products from Asia, the open market, lei vendors, and herb specialists. Your guide will explain the history of Hawai‘i’s Chinatown, and you may even stop at a vendor to sample their products.

Mission Houses Museum

The coming of Christianity to Hawai‘i is encapsulated at the Mission Houses Museum, a compound of New England-style homes, including the first prefabricated house shipped around Cape Horn in 1821, and dwellings made from coral blocks cut from the reef. Adjacent is the stately Kawaiaha‘o Church, the oldest Christian house of worship in Hawai‘i. Sunday services are still conducted in the Hawaiian language.

USS Arizona Memorial

December 7, 1941 is etched into history as the day when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor destroying the Pacific fleet at anchor. The USS Arizona sank with 1,177 men aboard. The bombed battleship is visible in the waters beneath the Arizona Memorial. Students will have the opportunity to check out the film and photo exhibit at the visitors center, as well as visit the memorial.

USS Missouri

The USS Missouri, an Iowa-class battleship, is most well-known as the site where Japan officially surrendered to the Allied forces, ending World War II. The ship was decommissioned in 1992 and now has a permanent home at Pearl Harbor as a museum. Tour the mighty battleship and learn more about its long and storied history.

Polynesian Cultural Center*

Experience the cultures of Polynesia at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Center features seven cultural villages: Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Hawai‘i, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and New Zealand. The package features admission to the cultural villages, the canoe pageant, the IMAX theater, an authentic Hawaiian luau, and preferred seating for the evening Horizons show.

*Please note that this field trip can be included in programs of 3 or more weeks in length, free of additional charge. For programs 2 weeks or less in length, there may be some additional charge for this field trip.