Aloha! My name is Amanda Rose and on behalf of the International Student Association here at UH Hilo, I’d like to welcome you all to the University. ISA has been around for about 40 years now. Not only is it one of the oldest student organizations, but it’s also one of the largest as well.
UH Hilo is known to be one of the most diverse universities out there, which means an amazing blend of different cultures and different ethnicities present right here on our campus. The International Student Association is a great way to unite students and help them learn about the different cultures present here at UH Hilo.
The ISA model is to unite, to serve, and to educate. So one really awesome thing about the ISA is that we’re able to unite different students from different countries to various social activities and events. I mean, what can we say? We love making learning about each other fun.
Not only do we make it our passion to educate ourselves and our fellow peers here at UH Hilo about the different cultures, but we also love doing fun things to educate the Hilo community as well. The biggest event that we host each year is a two-night event that we call International Nights. This event is amazing. It showcases different talents from all around the world and these talents are performed by none other than our very own students. They’re given the opportunity to showcase their unique cultures through this two-night event, and the best part is, the community is always invited to watch. Other activities that you can look forward to include amazing trips around the island, community services like packing food boxes with the Hawai’i Food Basket, and other adventures like whale watching or zip lining over waterfalls. It’s a whole lot of fun and it’s a whole lot of learning together.
We hope you will join us for some of our upcoming activities and we would love to hear your own feedback on how we can make ISA a fun organization for you. We hope to see you soon! Mahalo, or in my language, tubwa kor.