Hawaii: The Spirit of Aloha

Hawaii: The Spirit of Aloha



April 1- April 6, 2019

Program Description 

Join us as we explore the spirit of aloha in Hawai’i (the Big Island)! About 1500 years ago, Polynesians arrived in Hawai’i after navigating through the Pacific Ocean. Since then, Hawai’i became a melting pot of culture as explorers, immigrant workers, investors, and missionaries settled down on the Big Island. This five-day program will give participants the opportunity to learn more about the diversity and social challenges of Hawai’i through cultural activities and tours of the community. Participants will also have the chance to give back through service learning activities and projects during the trip. Sign up today and get into the spirit of aloha this Spring!

Examples of activities include (subject to change):

  • Sightseeing: Kona town, ancient temples, local communities
  • Cultural classes at Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy
  • Service learning activities: discovering traditional Hawaiian land management, working with youth, learning about equine holistic therapy at Kohala Youth Ranch, assist in refurbishing traditional Hawaiian Taro farming land

Program Leader

Andrea Tully

Program Leader: Andrea Tully

Andrea Tully is the Community Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Learning & Leadership at SJSU. She works with faculty and community agencies to design, implement, and assess service-learning courses. Before receiving her B.A. in Global Studies & Education at UC Santa Barbara, she studied abroad in Greece. With no previous theater experience, she participated in performances of Medea, ancient Greek masks, and Karagiozis (a shadow puppet character of Greek folklore). After working at her alma mater, she went on to obtain a certificate in personal and professional coaching while living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She then received a Master's in Higher & Post-Secondary Education at Arizona State University, where she worked in student engagement and a led travel program to many great American cities. Andrea has used vacation time to help build houses out of clay bricks in Ghana and repair rooves destroyed by a Chilean volcano in Patagonia, Argentina. Globe trotting and service are two of her favorite pass times, ask her where she's off to next! 


Email: andrea.tully@sjsu.edu   


It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

Total Program Cost: $2,195

Included: lodging, breakfast and lunch each day (except for Arrival Day), one welcome dinner on Arrival Day, scheduled program-related activities and excursions 
Not Included: airfare, meals for dinner, and personal expenses   


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