Hawaiian Field School 2013 - Vancouver Island University

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Aloha! Hawaiian Field School 2013
Welcome! Let’s go to Hawaii!
First Day, Oahu, Hawaii, 2011
Hawaiian Field
School 2013
Purpose
The purpose of this field school is to provide VIU FOM
students with an opportunity for experiential learning
focused on an examination the interaction between a
destination’s culture, resort industry & its tourism
industry. Study will focus upon exploration of related
destination issues and the social-cultural focus of a
destination’s culture this field school allows for a deep
exploration of these and related issues.
Hawaiian Field
School 2013
Themes
There are three broad themes that provide the
foundation to this field school:
1. the history and cultural heritage of the
islands;
2. the tourism industry infrastructure in terms of
a tourist destination;
3. and some of the workings of the resort
industry.
Hawaiian Field
School 2013
 Frequently asked Questions:
 Where will the field school take place?
 Island of Oahu
 University of Hawaii, Manoa
 Honolulu
 Waikiki Beach
 Pali Lookout
 Pearl Harbour
 Polynesian Cultural Center
 Various Beaches and Tourist attractions
Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center
 Founded in 1963, it is
dedicated to preserving
the cultural heritage of
Polynesia and sharing
the culture, arts, and
crafts of the major island
groups to the rest of the
world.
Polynesian Cultural Center
 The Polynesian Cultural
Center features six
Polynesian "islands" in a
beautifully landscaped,
42-acre setting
representing Fiji, Hawaii,
Aotearoa (New Zealand),
Samoa, Tahiti and
Tonga.
Courses of Study
 How many academic credits will I earn?
 6 credits: three for each of two completed courses
 How can I earn 6 credits in 18 days?
 The short answer is you can’t. The course of study is
dependent on substantial study from January to April
2013.
 I’m in 4th year. Will I be able to graduate this June if I
go on this field school?
 Yes, but graduation is dependent on you and your
academic standing. Which, of course is dependent on
your academic performance during the field school.
Courses of Study
 What courses will I take?
 TRMT 391, which is the field school course, and HOSP
482, which is managing cultural diversity.
 What if I want to go early or stay later in Hawaii?
 The field school is being held between late April and
early May (tentative dates); how you use the time
preceding or following is your decision. Our
accommodation may allow for time outside the field
school.
Courses of Study
 HOSP482: Multicultural management issues will be
explored through the examination of cultural diversity
in a resort destination. The course is seminar based. It
includes a substantial book of readings and descriptive
research papers, OR a research proposal. Subjects of
study will reflect individual students’ interests, and
may include: destination development, marketing,
cultural influences, transportation, security, trends
and lifecycles, HR, systems, F&B and Rooms
management.
Courses of Study
 TRMT 391: this course is the actual field school in
Hawaii. Students engaging with the destination’s
environments will produce a series of evaluative
submissions; these include conducting prearranged
tours and reflective writing papers founded on the
student’s earlier preparatory work, OR their on-site
collection of primary data, journaling, and reporting.
This course is designed to bring together many of the
students’ skill and knowledge.
Some of the research topics
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Identifying Best Practices of Preserving and Showcasing Aboriginal Culture at the
Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii.
Food Trend and Food Fade: Independent and Chain Restaurants
Pearl Harbor and Dark Tourism
Hawaiian culture and its strength as a travel motivator for tourists
Planning for Natural Disaster in Hawaii
To what degree does the commercialization of the Hawaiian culture override its authentic
role?
Why do North American visitors to Hawaii associate themselves with high risk activity
while on vacation?
Effects and Influence of Tourism on the Health and Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
Island Foods of the Past and Present
Managing in Multicultural Environments
To What Degree Do The Hawaiian Tourists' Experiences Match Their expectations? A
Focus on the Wedding Tourism Cultural Awareness on Oahu, Hawaii
What are some essential skills and knowledge needed to be successful event planner?
100% of Students attending reported that they
would recommend the field school to other
Sunset, Sand, and So Long
for Now
When is this Happening?
 This presentation is for information purposes only. Details
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of the Hawaiian Field School 2013 are being finalized.
Details should be finalized in December 2012; this is based
on applicants.
The tentative dates of the field school are late April to early
May 2013.
Course of pre study: January 2013 to April 2013 inclusive.
Application DEADLINE: Friday 14 December 2012 nonrefundable deposit$500.00 must accompany
application.
Selection Criteria
 All students in Hospitality Management or Tourism
Management and Recreation are invited to apply to the field
school. Some School of Business students may be considered.
 Overall, selection to the field school team will be based on a
combination of the following:
 Grade Point Average (GPA); 2.33 or better is preferred with GPAs of
less than 2.33 considered based on exceptional references;
 Two (2) faculty references (supply faculty’s name and email);
 Completion of application.
 Students in years 4, 3, 2 will be given priority in a descending
order.
 In the event that there are more qualified students than
spaces available, preference will be given to those who have
paid the $500.00 deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.
Selection Criteria
 Students application must include:
 Complete application;
 Copy of passport
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Passport must be valid until October 2013
IF your passport is in process, please indicate that with your
application.
 $500.00 deposit received by 14 December 2012
During the Field School
During the Field School
During the Field School
During the Field School
 What will happen during the field school? Will we
just wander around? Go surfing?
 The field school will be a combination of planned
activities and tours, scheduled ‘free’ time, and student
directed activities.
 In broad terms, the work days will be 6-7 hours in
duration, beginning at 9am; with the exception of some
planned activities, the evenings will be unstructured. It
is also planned that the last days will be available to
individual students to pursue areas that are of interest to
them.
During the Field School
 Will we always be travelling as a group?
 For the most part for all the structured tours and
activities, yes. The unstructured and ‘free’ time will
allow students independent study.
 What restriction might I face when in Hawaii?
 English is the language of the island; many of you are
familiar with the cultural morays of the USA.
 The legal drinking age is 21 years of age.
During the Field School
 Warning!
 Once accepted to attend the Field School, students must
abide by all laws governing the USA while in Hawaii.
They must also abide to a code of behaviour for the Field
School. Failure to respect the law or code of behaviour,
or any behaviour that is deemed unacceptable, will
result in the student being removed from the field
school, forfeiting all fees, and any fees payable to VIU as
a result of their actions. It is also noted that given that
successful completion of the field school is needed for
the assignment of academic credits.
Dollars and Cents
 ESTIMATED COSTS:
 These are estimated costs based on the best available
information at present and capacity attendance;
 Payable to VIU for Hawaiian Field School $2,595
(this amount includes tuition which is paid separately)
 Estimated Return Air Flight
 One time Only International stipend
$ 400
<$ 350>
 Estimated total cost less incidentals
$2,645
Details are estimated to be confirmed by late 2012
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