The Fourth Field Study A in Hawai'i
This was the fourth Field Study A in Hawai'i to study the "Environmental Issues in Hawai'i." Just like last year, we had a small group this year with 7 students. We have stayed in a different location this time, on the west-end of Waikiki beach. The hotel was not a large condominium type with a kitchen that we had stayed so far in the previous field studies, yet plenty of takeout places near the hotel made our stay comfortable.
Despite being a small group, we had a full schedule with 2 days (12 hours) of English Course offered by the University of Hawai’i Outreach College, 10 lectures on difference environmental-related disciplines, and 5 field visits. The students participated in an experiment using beans during the class on fishery resource economics, learnt about the Hawaiian mythological story of Taro together with other Japanese university students whom we incidentally met at the Ka’ala Kipua Cultural Centre, before engaging in tree-planting of Hawaiian endemic species at the restoration side. One of the major differences from our previous field studies was that we visited another island this time, the Big Island. Having the opportunity to visit the Kilauea Volcano which is considered sacred in Hawaiian culture and to observe the turtles at the Black Sand Beach was a fascinating experience. We were impressed by the rich and diverse vegetation at the national park, where the famous film “Jurassic Park” had been shot.
Despite our very tight schedule, the students worked well and seem to have pursued their research survey quite well. I have no mean of expressing fully our gratitude to all the people, the institutes, and our host – the Economics Department, who always warmly welcome us in Hawai’i.