HPU students ‘Live Hawai‘i’

February 07, 2012

Live Hawaii

HPU student Maxim Kononov of Russia examines items in a plantation home.

HONOLULU — The “Live Hawai‘i” field trips around O‘ahu have returned. The spring excursions begin this Saturday, Feb. 11, with a trip to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. Students learn more about the Islands’ past, present and future at these field trips, which are open to all Hawai‘i Pacific University students, faculty and staff.

New students are especially invited to these events, said Megan Kaptik, HPU director of First-Year Programs.

Maxim Kononov of Russia was a participant at a recent Live Hawai‘i field trip and described it as very memorable. “People should know the history and the culture of the places where they live,” he said.

Kononov visited Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village in Waipahu. Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village is a recreation of the homes and cultures that represent the many ethnic groups that worked on sugar and pineapple plantations. Accompanied by fellow Russian student Anastasia Markina, Kononov said they were amazed at how much they learned.

“Anastasia and I visited the cultural village because we are interested in the history of Hawai‘i, its culture and lifestyle. It was exciting to know how different cultures that came to Hawaii in 19th and 20th centuries to work on plantations lived and struggled. Anastasia and I were surprised that some of the replica homes in the cultural village are similar to the historical village homes in Russia,” Kononov said.

Kononov and Markina said they encourage other students to take advantage of HPU student activities.

“This is valuable experience. HPU tries to improve the life and experiences of its students and provides different activities, such as field trips,” Kononov said.

 Live Hawai‘i trips this semester include a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium on March 3. On April 13, students can attend a performance of “Wilcox’s Shot,” about Hawai‘i’s first delegate to the U.S. Congress, at the Kumu Kahua Theatre.

For more information, contact First-Year Programs at readysetgo@hpu.edu.

Live Hawaii

Dr. Justin Vance, an HPU history professor, takes a look at the interior of a grass hut.

Live Hawaii

Students tour traditional plantation homes during HPU First-Year Programs’ Live Hawai‘i field trip to
Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village.