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Summer Internship in Hawaii - On Site

Holistic Healing


You will be lodged at a local home or guest house in Waimea. Lodging is chosen and screened by the CFHI Local Coordinator. Please note that the accommodations may or may not include amenities such as air conditioning and internet.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Two meals a day are included on this program.

Excursions & Activities

Short excursions and day trips are included throughout the program, integrated within the program to highlight the linkages in Hawaiian culture among tradition, history, the environment, and health.

  • Welcome dinner
  • Lectures about Hawaiian history and culture
  • Classes at local community center and Polynesian dance academy
  • Guided visit to Kohala Center for research and conservation
  • Guided visit to Mauna Kea beach
  • Traditional Healing Workshop by the Pe’Ahe Education Group
  • Keck astronomy observatory

Get to Know Your Destination

The Island of Hawai‘i is home to approximately 189,000 inhabitants, or 13% of Hawaii’s population. The biggest island of the archipelago state of Hawaii, it is also known as the “Big Island.” The great king Kamehameha, who united most of the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in 1795, hails from Hawaii, giving the volcanic island chain its name. Most of the island’s economy is based on tourism and agriculture, which is mostly based on the western coast.

According to the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community Report, “Access to healthcare services is limited by geography, lack of comprehensive public transportation and critical health shortages.” The Big Island’s population has the highest cardiovascular death rates in the state. It also has higher obesity and smoking rates and more adults suffering from diabetic complications than in the rest of the state. Lack of access to jobs for young people has led to a high rate of involvement in the drug trade.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

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