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paradise. In fact, Hawaii is one of the most sought-after destinations among students from other countries seeking to study abroad.

And why wouldn’t it be? Not only does Hawaii have one of most temperature climates, amazing natural beauty, unsurpassed opportunities for the pursuit of academic excellence.

Hawaii International Students

While there are no specific statistics about where every Hawaii international student comes from, a recent report from the University of Hawaii at Hilo may give some insight.

According to the report, in the Fall Semester of last year, international students comprised an estimated 7% of the university’s student body.

The majority of these came from Oceania (53%). The next biggest region represented was Asia (31%), followed by Europe (12%), the Americas (3%). Only 15 of the Hawaii international students at UH Hilo came from the Middle East.

Academic Opportunity

Most of the students who came from Oceania were from the Federated States of Micronesia (69), followed by the Marshall Isls.

From Europe, the UK (11) had the most Hawaii international students, followed by Sweden (5), Norway (3), Germany (3), France (2), Spain (2), Hungary (2), Denmark.

Among the Hawaii international students from Asia, the most came from Japan (53), the Republic of Korea (10), Timor-Leste (6), China (4), Hong Kong (3), Thail Kazakhstan.

The Americas sent three Canadians, two Brazilians, two Columbians, one student from Peru.


New Year’s Eve — two of the biggest holiday celebrations — occur.

But your international student may come from a cultural background that celebrates different December holidays than your family. Here are some of the biggest non-Christian December holidays:

Bodhi Day — Celebrated on December 8th, Bodhi Day is the Day of Enlightenment among practitioners of Buddhism. It celebrates the day that the historical  Buddha experienced enlightenment, known as Bodhi.

Pancha Ganapati — Celebrated from December 21st to 25th, this Hindu five-day festival honors Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, knowledge new beginnings.

Hanukkah — The eight-day Jewish holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd Century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight days nights, starting on the 25th day of the Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. This can occur anytime from late November to late December.

Chinese New Year — Celebrated between late January is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.

Yalda — In pagan culture, Yalda celebrates the turning point, Winter Solstice, that marks the longest night of the year evil.

Festivus — Celebrated on  December 23rd, Festivus is a parody holiday created by writer Daniel O’Keefe other mainstream holidays. “Festivus for the rest of us” was the memorable line about the holiday spoken by the character George Costanza.


Christmas ornamentsOne of the biggest benefits of the international student program is the opportunity to bring different cultures together.

Both you values. This is especially true during the holidays.d

Celebrating Your Holidays

Your family probably has some holiday traditions that they celebrate every year. These may be religious, secular or a combination of both.

Whatever your international student’s religious or cultural background, there’s no reason to change the way your family celebrates the holidays. You aren’t going to offend your guest by celebrating your religious or cultural heritage. In fact, they are likely to be very interested in learning more about it, as it may be entirely new to them.

Celebrating Their Holidays

At the same time, there’s no reason why your international student shouldn’t celebrate their own holidays just because the are away from home. Encourage your guest to teach you more about their traditions so you can learn participate as well.

Inclusive Holidays, Not Exclusive

The holidays are a time for families religious heritage.

While your international student is staying in your home, treat them as part of your family. Whatever you would do for your own children — buying gifts, including them in the holiday festivities, helping in the preparation of feasts, even watching football on TV — you should include your guest in as well.

Be aware of cultural differences. But rather than being afraid or ignorant of them, make an effort to learn more make your guest aware that you want to celebrate their holiday traditions as much as your own. The result is often a memorable holiday that can be enjoyed by all.


wonderful experiences that can be shared with a visitor in your home.

Planning a weekend or day trip to one of Hawaii’s many cultural incredible sights to see that are sure to impress your visiting scholar.

Here are a few suggestions of places to go:

Akaka Falls State Park

Located on the Big Isl, Akaka Falls State Park features some of the most visually stunning examples of natural waterfalls found anywhere in the world. Spend the day touring the park, enjoying a picnic lunch next to the falls, or taking incredible natural photos that can be kept forever as happy memories by your international student.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Also on the Big Isl is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the state’s most popular attraction bringing more than 3 million visitors per year. And it’s not surprising, given that the park includes the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, as well as the world’s biggest volcano, Mauna Loa.

USS Arizona Memorial

Another popular attraction is the USS Arizona Memorial, which is located in Pearl Harbor on Oahu. Spend an education afternoon touring the memorial learning about the Japanese surprise attack that launched the US into World War II.

Haleakala National Park

Located on Maui, Haleakala is an enormous dormant volcano. Take the winding, scenic drive up to the summit, where you can see many of the other Hawaiian Isls.

Your international student will marvel at the natural beauty, including pristine freshwater pools, seemingly endless waterfalls, personal.


well-being will temporarily fall to you.

Promoting a Health Diet

One of these responsibilities is making sure your guest student is eating a healthy diet that is filled with nutritious foods. If you are accustomed to eating a lot of fast foods your family to a better diet.

You can make sure your guest student — as well as you are less likely to get sick by making these changes to your everyday eating:

  • Include More Fresh Vegetables — Make a point of having at least one fresh vegetable with every meal. Vegetables are filled with all-natural vitamins strong.
  • Cut Down on the Carbs — Carbohydrates that aren’t immediately converted to energy during digestion are stored on the body as fat cells. So when you have a diet that is high in carbs combined with a sedentary lifestyle, you can expect your student to start to add weight relatively quickly.
  • Replace Carbs with Proteins — Carbs help avoid weight gain.

These simple dietary changes can have a huge influence on the health your family.

While hosting an international student, strive to avoid foods that are unhealthy — such as fast foods replace them with fresh choices.

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Whether you are a family that would like to host a high school student in your home or a college student looking to take on an international student as an extra roomate, Hawaii Student Housing has the simple, easy-to-navigate tools to connect you with your perfect match.

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Typically, high school students from other countries will stay with a volunteer host family for free.

College-aged interational students will often look for roomates already living in Hawaii who would be willing to let them split the rent or pay for their own room.

Regardless of whether you are an international student who is in high school or college, if you are planning on studying in Hawaii, then Hawaii Student Housing needs to be your first stop!

Why Hawaii?

Given its natual beauty exotic locale — Hawaii truly is paradise on Earth — the Aloha State is one of the most popular states for foreign students seeking to study in the United States.

Unfortunately, many Hawaiian colleges universities lack the housing resources to accomodate their own domestic students, let alone those from overseas. So international students who plan to travel to Hawaii to study often find it difficult — if not impossible — to find a place to stay.

But not anymore!

Thanks to Hawaii Student Housing, now you can find the ideal living arrangements well in advance of your arrival. Our convenient, computerized matching tool connects you with your best options in just a few minutes.

HAwaii Loves International students

Hawaii loves hosting international students. Our strong, loving families often love to learn about new cultures, interact with people from different backgrounds, embrace diversity.

Not surprisingly, international students are also good for the economy of the Hawaiian Isls:

  • International students in Hawaii contributed $108.5 million to state’s economy in tuition living expenses in the 2012/13 academic year.
  • International students in Hawaii contributed more than $205 Million Directly to Hawaii’s Economy in 2014 / 2015 academic year.
  • According to one recent report, there currently are 4,450 international students studying in Hawaii, as well as in domestic schools from other states.

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For your own children, this is the time to encourage their creativity. And the same holds true for teenage international students staying in your home.

Help Kids Be Creative

If your international student expresses any type of interest in anything creative, you should support it wholeheartedly.

For example, they may ask about taking music lessons, such as learning how to play the guitar or drums. While this may require you to patiently allow them to make a racket in your home as they develop their skill, it will be worth it in the long run.

Check with Educators

Ask your international student’s teachers or school administrators if they have expressed an interest in doing anything creative. Then see what options are available at your local school.

In many instances, there are afternoon programs at the school itself where the student can learn such things as acting, dance, how to play a musical instrument, writing, making videos, other creative activities.

At the very least, your international student’s educators may be able to recommend a program outside of the school that could fit their individual need for a creative outlet.

Keep Their Parents Informed

Sometimes, it’s difficult for the parents of international students who study abroad during their teenage years because many physical, intellectual emotional changes can occur in a very brief period.

That’s why it’s especially important that you keep your international student’s parents informed involved in their creative development.

Use Skype, Hangouts or other free convenient video chat apps to keep in constant contact with your international student’s parents. And make sure that your house guest also speaks with his or her parents at least once per week!


EDRWhen you have an international student staying in your home, there are inevitably many cultural differences that need to be overcome. But there also are differences that stem simply from your guest being a young person.

Kids are always into strange, alien things that seem foreign to older adults, regardless of their cultural background. If you have school-aged children at home, you probably already are aware of this. But if you are new to having teenagers living in your home, get ready for a second kind of “culture shock”.

‘Kids Today …!’

Being a little weird different is a rite of passage for most teenagers. In fact, it’s a natural part of growing up. When children enter their teen years, they often have a psychological need to rebel from the familiarity of their childhood in order to assert their own personalities, ones that will serve them as adults.

Sometimes this takes some strange forms, such as an affinity for loud, seemingly impenetrable music. Electronic dance music (EDM) is the latest in a series of musical genres kids use to create distinctions between themselves roll itself.

Strange Hair Fashion

Another thing kids today are into is unusual other strange colors.

Fashion has always been used as a tool teenagers use to set themselves apart. And today’s teens are no different.

Baggy pants, short skirts, tight tops, especially hooded sweatshirts are fashion choices most of today’s teens gravitate towards.

If your international student starts to choose any or all of these teenage fashions, don’t be alarmed. It’s all a normal part of growing up.



y” width=”256″ height=”256″ />Families that host international students often experience a type of “reverse culture shock” during the holidays.

We take the traditions surrounding our holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas confusing.

Explaining Your Traditions

Some traditions are simple to explain. For example, we traditionally serve turkey on Thanksgiving in commemoration of the similar feast the Pilgrims shared with Native Americans during earliest colonial days in North America.

But others are nearly impossible to explain to international students, such as what Santa Claus has to do with the birth of Christ, or why we pass out hy on Halloween.

It’s perfectly acceptable to talk about the holidays themselves while still leaving questions unanswered about the specific connections between what we do why we do it. Sometimes “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer.

Defending Your Traditions

Our holiday traditions are a part of who we are, even if we don’t fully underst or remember why we do certain things. So don’t feel compelled to defend your traditions to your international students.

After all, their homel’s traditions probably would seem very bizarre to you. And if they were asked to explain every little detail about why they do what they do, in all likelihood they would be equally perplexed.

Instead, invite them to share in the enjoyment neighbors. They should be enjoyed as they are without having to think too much about what they mean.

Your international student will return home with some interesting stories to tell about many of our most beloved holiday traditions. Imagining what it will be like for them to describe some of these is amusing.

For many international students, studying abroad is often their first experience being away from home for an extended period of time. No matter how old or young they are, that can be a traumatic experience.

You want your international student to feel as comfortable welcome as possible in your home. But if they are experiencing homesickness, it can seem like nothing you can do will make a difference.

Yet there are things you can do to overcome homesickness in your international student. Here are some ideas:

  • Coordinate a Care Package — Reach out to your international student’s relatives back home family photographs.
  • Keep Communications Lines Open — Thanks to today’s technology, keeping in touch with family other video conferencing tools is easy, even if they are on the other side of the world. Encourage your international student to keep in frequent communication with their people back home. Sometimes just talking with their parents or their BFF is enough to counteract homesickness.
  • Sympathize — Being homesick is a completely normal response to being away from the people you love for the first time. Give your international student time to come to grips with their feelings. Sometimes all it takes is a little time, space sympathy for them to get over their homesickness so they can start to appreciate the experience of living in a new place.
  • Keep Them Busy — If your international student is distracted by lots of activities, they probably aren’t going to have time to be homesick. Plan lots of sightseeing trips, get them involved in after-school activities encourage them to make a lot of friends so they have a busy social life.