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Summer in Hawaii
May 19-31, 2014

This program provides a unique opportunity to attend five evening classes at Tulane University and then travel to Hawaii and experience first-hand the many geological and cultural wonders the islands have to offer. The program is led by two Tulane University professors who have extensive experience in directing educational programs. There are no prerequisites.

Beginning on May 19, students will attend four evening lectures, two dealing with the geology of the Hawaiian Islands, and two dealing with the cultural history of the islands. These classes will be held on the Tulane campus and will meet Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm-8:00pm, with an examination on Friday, May 23 – on May 24, the students will leave as a group on a journey to Hawaii visiting cultural and geological sites on the “big island” of Hawaii. Sites include: Volcano National Park, Maunea Loa and Mauna Kea, lava fields, Waipio Valley, Petroglyph sites, the City of Refuge, archaeological sites, and coral reefs.

The program is limited to 16 students, and a $500 deposit is required to reserve a spot. The deposit is nonrefundable after April 1, 2014..

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The Course
EENS 397: Geology and Cultural History of the Hawaiian Islands
No prerequisites are necessary. Professor Flowers will teach the geology portion of the class, and Professor Marksbury will cover the cultural portion.

The geologic history of the Hawaiian Islands is covered, with particular emphasis on the development of the Big Island of Hawaii. Eruptions for the shield volcanoes Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Maunea Kea, Haulalai, and Kohala have created the largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Lecture topics include: origin of basaltic magma, history of Hawaiian hot spots, eruptive history of Hawaiian volcanoes, plate tectonics and the development of the Hawaiian Islands. During the cultural portion of class, students will learn about Polynesian migration and settlement in Hawaii up through the “plantation period.” The Hawaiian Islands symbolize the heights of Polynesian development. Lectures will focus on Hawaiian social stratification, religious practices, economics and the development of the Hawaiian kingdom under Kamehameha I.

$3,450, which includes:
• 3 credits for EENS 397: Geology and Cultural History of the Hawaiian Islands
• round-trip airfare from New Orleans to Hawaii
• 7 nights at the Royal Kona Resort (double occupancy)
• daily buffet breakfast
• field trip to Volcano National Park
• all land excursions and park/museum entrances
• farewell luau


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For More Information
Richard Marksbury
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
Dean, School of Continuing Studies

George Flowers
Associate Professor of Geology

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