Aloha! I had another awesome opportunity to be a part of SJSU’s 2nd Frosh Orientation program in HAWAII!! You can read about last years trip here. It was an amazing and rewarding experience again even if our group was a little smaller. These students are going to do great at SJSU and I’m so glad I got to be apart of this program!
Luckily we did have some down time before our program started so we took full advantage! We took a trip to the Dole Plantation, lunch stop at Giovanni’s shrimp truck (yum! so good!), scenic drive through the countryside of the North Shore, beach trip at Chinaman’s Hat, took in some beautiful sunsets, shopped, explored bustling Waikiki, and of course had our orientation program! So thankful for this opportunity and to work with some truly fantastic student leaders!
The Dole Plantation was awesome! I was so excited as you can probably tell from the above picture! We took the Pineapple Express and got to drive through the pineapple fields. We learned how James Drummond Dole founded his world-famous agricultural empire and got to view the stunning scenery of the island’s famous North Shore. We experienced real tropical weather…bouts of pouring rain and then lots of sun and blue skies! A little rain didn’t get in our way of having a great time! I must say, the Dole Whip after our train ride really hit the spot! Sooooo delicious!
After Dole we headed to Giovanni’s famous shrimp truck for lunch! Look at those shrimp! Huge and delicious! Hit the spot! Then we continued through the countryside of the North Shore. It was such a cool experience seeing a busy city like Honolulu and then getting to explore the other side of the island. Much slower paced and so lush! We stopped at Kualoa Beach Park, Mokolii Island (Chinaman’s Hat) for some gorgeous ocean views. Just a little background on Mokolii…it means “little lizard” in Hawaiian and is also known among locals as Chinaman’s Hat because of its cone shape which resembles the peasant’s hat worn in rural China. It’s a popular spot for taking pictures and other than a few lonely palm trees and small beaches there isn’t much there. We thoroughly enjoyed dipping our feet in the warm water, talking some beautiful pictures and just enjoying being in such a gorgeous place!
On Saturday 5.16.15 we had the first night of our frosh orientation program! We were very fortunate to have Sammy Spartan travel with us all the way from CA just to say HI to the incoming students and their families! Sammy was a HIT and everyone loved taking pictures with him.Here are a few pictures of our team, Sammy Spartan and all of the incoming students from Hawaii with their parents. Everyone was really excited about joining the Spartan community and looking forward to starting college in the fall.Ricky did a great job editing this below picture to include SJSU’s name. Our students were so excited to bring the spirit of SJSU to Hawaii and show these new students what it means to be a Spartan. It was such a wonderful experience seeing them so excited about their school and really connecting with these new students! Our cohort was a little smaller this year (only 8 students) so they really got an intimate experience! Welcome to SJSU! I can’t wait to have these students on campus in the fall and know that they will do great things!
Here’s a few pictures of our sweet set up! We really brought SJSU to Hawaii for these students! We had lots of swag to giveaway and got every excited about becoming Spartans.
Here we are at the end of Day 2 and I think we look pretty excited! Huge THANK YOU to the fabulous OL’s Brandon, Ricky and Clarissa for bringing that Spartan Spirit to Hawaii! This was a great trip with lots of fun memories! Hopefully we get to expand, build on this program, and go again next year! All our hard work and effort really paid off! Go Spartans! 👌🏻💙💛👌🏻