Area student returns from cultural studies in Hawaii

SELINSGROVE – Jonaida Williams, of Williamsport, recently spent time in Hawaii with 11 other students from Susquehanna University as part of the university’s Global Opportunities (GO) program.

“GO Hawaii: A Three-Prong Approach to Understanding Hawaiian Culture” gave students the opportunity to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor and Volcanoes National Park; snorkel in a protected coral reef environment; learn Hawaiian traditions such as poi making, hula and the luau; and participate in service projects with native Hawaiians. By attending cultural programs, students gained a greater understanding of the Hawaiian way of life, both past and present.

Williams is studying secondary education of mathematics at Susquehanna, where she will be a senior in the fall. She is a 2011 graduate of Loyalsock Township High School and the daughter of Kimberly Feay.

Study away is an integral part of a Susquehanna education. In addition to optional study-away arrangements, Susquehanna is distinguished by its GO program, which requires all students to spend at least two weeks off campus, immersed in a culture different from their own. Susquehanna students can choose from study-away programs, ranging from a few weeks to as long as a full semester, in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., among other options. For more information on Susquehanna’s GO program, visit