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Explore cultures, study-abroad opportunities during weeklong celebration


An activity from a past International Education Week event. Image courtesy of UHWO Staff

Take a K-pop quiz, watch free screenings of Japanese films, learn about Native Hawaiian medicine, and much more at a series of events — happening from Nov. 14 to Nov. 22 at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu — to highlight International Education Week. The activities are presented by the International Relations and Programs Office at UH West O‘ahu.

“International Education Week is a chance to celebrate different cultures from around the world and explore the wonderful opportunities UH West O‘ahu students have to study and live abroad,” said Gian Otoman, International Programs Coordinator at UH West O‘ahu. … “They don’t only have the option to learn about different countries in a classroom, they have the chance to go and experience it themselves by studying abroad.”

See below for International Education Week’s schedule of activities. For details about events, study-abroad opportunities, and more, contact the International Relations and Programs Office: email, call 808-689-2310, or click here.

International Education Week events

La‘au Lapa‘au Demonstration: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14, UH West O‘ahu Student Organic Garden (māla). The International Relations and Programs Office is collaborating with Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing faculty to host a demonstration of Native Hawaiian medicine called La‘au Lapa‘au.

Miyazaki/Shinkai Anime Film Workshop: 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, A116. A preview workshop by Jade Lum, who in Spring 2023 will teach a class where students will study the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai, the creators of the animated movies “Spirited Away,” “Ponyo,” “Your Name,” “Weathering with You,” and many more.

Japanese Film Screening: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, D146. Celebrate Japanese culture by watching free screenings of “Pop in Q” (10 a.m.) and “My Dad’s Bento is the Best in the World” (1 p.m.). Special thanks to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu for providing the movies as part of International Education Week.

International Student Club Activity Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16,  UH West O‘ahu Courtyard (tables and chairs will be set up for participants). The International Student Club will host a variety of activities and workshops, including origami, calligraphy, and paper fan making.

K-pop Quiz Night: 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, D141. The International Relations and Programs Office will host a K-pop quiz night celebrating K-pop. Dr. Jon Magnussen, professor of Music at UH West O‘ahu, will also do a brief demonstration on playing K-pop songs on the piano.

Tea Ceremony Club Demonstration: 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, Nāulu Center. UH West O‘ahu’s Tea Ceremony Club will present a Japanese tea ceremony demonstration. The club encourages anyone who is interested in Japanese tea to come and get a chance to see how the ceremony works.

Study Abroad Workshops: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, D141. Also, 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, A116. Studying abroad is one of the most life-changing experiences a student can have. Living in another country gives you the chance to experience brand new cultures and lifestyles. Learn about how you can study abroad at UH West O‘ahu.

Students at a table doing calligraphy.

Two women on a floor mat and participating in a Japanese tea ceremony.
Photos of activities from past International Education Week events.

Image courtesy of UHWO Staff