Monday, December 14, 2015

Japan Study Tour: Grant funds 23 students

Thanks to the recommendation of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pacific University was awarded a grant by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to bring a group of 23 students to Japan from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2, 2015. The itinerary of the study trip was organized by the Japan International Cooperation Center. 

An overwhelming 93 student applications were submitted by HPU students, and the following individuals were selected to represent the university in the "Kakehashi Project" (Friendship Ties Program).  

Agcaoili, Sheena Rose-General Business 
Bautista, Roselle-Biology: Human & Health Sciences
Cabanlit, Marjury-Management Information Systems
Carlin, Paige-International Business
Chung, Selah-Multimedia
Crowley, Shawn-Marketing
DeWoody, Sean-MA, Diplomacy & Military Studies
Goo, Jamie-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Gunter, Matthew-International Business
Hashimoto, Kaitlyn-Management
Hokama, David-History
Jordan, Bree-Elementary Education
Kalakau, Pomaikai-Master of Business Administration
Newman, Savannah-Environmental Sciences
Preza, Kaily-Biology
Rhodes, Jade-Asian Studies
Sagisi-Buxton, Diandrea-International Business
Sagisi-Buxton, Erica-3-2 Engineering
Snyder, Yuanping- Master of Business Administration
Tanouye, Rachel- Biology: Human & Health Sciences
Valdez, Maricar-Nursing
Vea, Michelle- Biology: Human & Health Sciences

Alternate #1: Deanna Young-Marine Biology
Alternate #2: Jessica Bie- Multimedia

All of the selected students had never been to Japan, and many had never been outside the U.S. The students were accompanied by chaperones Kri Howland, Internationalization Coordinator, and Kazuko Kameda-Madar, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty of Art History and coordinator of the Japanese Research Group.

In nine days, the participants had the opportunity to experience a breadth and depth of activities. Highlights included a lecture on U.S. Japan Relations given by a representative of MoFA, a visit to Meiji University, and a homestay with a Japanese family.
·         Read the blog of their experiences here
·         View photos from the Japan trip on Instagram hashtag #HPUxJPN15       


 Listen to the Sunday, Dec. 6, Japanese Radio Station KZOO interview, here, of representatives from the study tour sharing their experiences (in English starting at 6:35): DeWoody and Hokama and chaperones Howland and Kameda-Madar, along with the Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange Melissa Matsubara.

Matsubara and Howland of the Study Abroad and International Exchange office hope the "Kakehashi Project" Japan Study Tour experience has strengthened a desire by members of the HPU community to travel and study abroad. They understand cost has consistently been the biggest barrier preventing HPU students from studying abroad and are motivated to make more opportunities such as this one accessible to a wider range of students. 

Students: To discuss options and opportunities to be able to see the world and gain culturally enriching experiences through a short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad program, fill out the inquiry form here or email The Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 deadline is March 18, 2016.

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