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Bad Leaders, Dynamic Nation: Lessons from Japanese History

How is it that Japan has maintained such dynamism and vitality throughout its history despite long periods of inept or inefficient government?  As the students of the Spring 2015 Semester at Sea voyage explore the nation of Japan, professor Jim Huffman delivers a fascinating seminar on the historical forces that have shaped contemporary Japanese culture […]

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Zazen Meditation at Kencho-ji Temple

“Do not make this practice a source of pressure, compulsion, anxiety or pride. It is none of these. Zazen is simply a way to find your true home.”  -Brenda Shoshanna After being in classes for the last two weeks and with the rest of the semester and ports ahead of us, our group of Spring […]

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Getting To Know Lifelong Learner Coordinator Cindy Z.

Always announced last during roll call, Cindy Zomchek’s bubbly, infectious personality will prove that she is most definitely not least. A Wisconsin native, and serious Packers fan, Cindy Z can always been found around the MV Explorer wearing her Green Bay Packers lanyard – and on special occasion, her inflatable cheesehead. Sailing with the Spring […]

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Preserving the Ecology of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is best known for its volcanoes. In fact, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the most active volcanoes in the world. A group of students and lifelong learners visited the park during the MV Explorer’s short stop in Hilo, Hawai’i, and discussed the history and ecology of the park with a […]

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Exploring Endangered Languages in Hawaii

Spring 2015 SAS students enrolled in Anthropology 2430 – Languages of the World pay a visit to the University of Hawaii at Hilo where they learn about the University’s efforts to preserve and revitalize the Hawaiian language and get the chance to speak with native Hawaiian speakers.

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Spring 2015 – By The Numbers

The Spring 2015 Voyage of Semester at Sea has been at sea for two weeks.  We have already visited our first port of Hilo, Hawaii, crossed the International Date Line, and had 10 days of classes.  But who makes up the Spring 2015 Voyage?  Read on, with a bit of help from numbers found on […]

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A Look Inside Kilauea

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to five colossal volcanoes: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Two of which, are the most active Volcanoes on Earth, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Both volcanoes are still adding to the big island of Hawai’i to date. During the Spring 2015 voyage’s stop in Hilo, Hawai’i, professor […]

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A Student’s Perspective: International Student Orientation

On the fourth day of the Spring 2015 voyage, all international students were called into the Union for a welcoming convocation. Coming from Panama, and having already met a handful of the international students, I was expecting, at most, for there to be around 30 people in attendance. However, once I stepped inside the dimly […]

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