1: Introduction


Aloha!  Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.  My name is Jim Mellon and I am the Director of International Student Services here at UH Hilo.  This online pre-departure orientation has been created to help you prepare for your arrival in Hilo.  You will learn about important things that you need to know and do before you come to Hilo.  By following the steps described in this online orientation, you will set yourself up to have a smooth transition to UH Hilo.

UH Hilo is a special place in one of the most welcoming and interesting places in the world.  We have students from about 35 different countries around the globe, and that diversity is one of the things that makes UH Hilo such a special place.

We hope that your experience at UH Hilo will create long-lasting memories and bonds between you and other students from around the world.  It’s going to be an amazing and an unforgettable experience.  Now let’s help you get started on this life-changing journey!

Please proceed to the next section: Hilo and the Big Island