Summer Internship in Hawaii - On Site

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Holistic Healing Internships in Hawaii

The Island of Hawai‘i is home to approximately 189,000 inhabitants. 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 island chain its name. Most of the island’s economy is based on tourism, mostly based on the western coast, or agriculture.

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.


Participants 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 facilities 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. 


Two meals a day are included on this program.

Excursions and Day Trips

Short excursions and day trips will be included throughout the program, integrated within the program to highlight the linkages in Hawaiian culture between culture, 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

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)

About Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Hawaii island the largest island located in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is the largest and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean. With an area of 4,028 square miles (10,430 km2), it is larger than all of the other islands in the archipelago combined and is the largest island in the United States. However, it only has 13% of Hawaii's people.

Hawaiian Currency: US Dollar
Language Spoken: Hawaii is the only American state to have two official languages: English and Hawaiian. However, a 3rd unofficial language is also widely spoken- Pidgin- which is a slang combining words from many aspects of island life and culture.

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