Hawaii Field School 2023

Hospitality Management Hawaii Field School

Field School Dates: April 29-May 19, 2023

Program Overview

As a high density tourism destination, the island of Oahu provides the perfect back drop to explore the pressures that result from balancing visitor impacts and expectations with the sustainable and regenerative aspects of Socio-Cultural, Economic and Environmental challenges of this island state.

The purpose of this field school is to provide VIU students, with priority given to FOM students, with an opportunity for experiential learning focused on an examination the interaction between a destination’s natural resources, culture and the resort and tourism industry. Study will focus upon exploration of related destination issues and the socio-cultural and environmental factors that challenge the sustainability of tourism in this region. This field school allows for a deep exploration of these and related issues.


There are three broad themes that provide the foundation to this field school:
1. the history and cultural and native heritage of the islands;
2. the tourism industry infrastructure and system in terms of a sustainable or regenerative tourist destination;
3. the workings of the resort industry.

A total of 3 distinct, yet interrelated, courses will be delivered in conjunction in a mutually supportive manner, and completed during the 2023 Hawaiian Field School; some pre-departure academic work, classroom sessions and student presentations during January to April; in-country activities, research and scholarship during the May field school; and final and concluding reflective, analytical, and synthesis submission which will be partially begun during the field school, and completed and submitted prior to 15 June.

Information Session: 

Tuesday November 22, 2:30pm-3:30 pm 255-155

Wednesday November 30, 1pm-2pm 255-140

Tentative field school itinerary:  coming soon.

Application Procedure

Deadline to Apply:  December 15, 2022 or when all spaces are filled.

Interested students will submit an Expression of Interest to Jonelle Knowles, jonelle.knowles@viu.ca 
Notification of admission will be approximately one week after the application deadline. 

Expression of Interest hawaii-application.docx

Pre Departure Resources

Pre-Departure Checklist
Waivers & Student Conduct
Travel Planning
Health & Safety
Passports & Visas
Pre-Departure Courses
Preparing Your Budget
Personal First Aid Kit
Inclusive Traveler Resources
In an Emergency
Welcome Home

International and domestic VIU students. 

Field school fees include: 

  • Shared accommodation
  • Most program related travel
  • Program activity costs

Expenses not included in field school fees:

  • Tuition
  • Passport/Visa expenses
  • Most meals
  • Guard.Me travel medical insurance
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Miscellaneous entry fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Return airfare to and from the field school


Deposit$500.00December 20, 2022
Payment 1$1400.00January 10, 2023
Payment 2/Final Payment$1400.00February 10, 2023

All payments must be made by the student record. Credit cards are NOT accepted. 

Field School Itinerary:  coming soon.

Passports: All participants must have a valid passport good for six months after your return. Applications for Canadian passports are available at Canada Post offices or on-line (www.ppt.gc.ca). Students must be able to legally travel outside of Canada and through/to the USA.

International students going abroad must make sure their TRV and Study Permits are up-to-date and won't expire while they are abroad.

Students will be responsible for applying for and securing their own visas (where appropriate).

Jonelle Knowles


Education Abroad
Building 255, 2nd Floor
Phone: (250) 753-3245 local 2494