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Students land in Ireland for summer course; follow their travels on blog

Hawai'i CC students are learning about Irish culture and ecology during a summer class in Ireland.

Twenty-five Hawai'i Community College students, plus faculty members Carrie Mospens (English as a Second Language) and Pamela Scheffler (Natural Science), arrived in Dublin on Monday, May 16 to learn about Irish culture and ecology.

The students are enrolled in "Geography 298: Cultural Ecology of Ireland," a Hawai'i CC summer class that is happening for the first time. The majority of the students will spend 10 days in Ireland. Students will explore how culture and the environment influence each other, as well as the similarities and differences between the Hawaiian and Irish islands, including changes to the indigenous peoples and their languages and changes to the natural landscape. 

Students and faculty spent the first day in Dublin, exploring the architecture and culture of the city. Travel plans call for a journey through the Boyne Valley on day two with a visit to the astronomical megaliths at Newgrange. Then the group will go to Bundoran, Donegal, and spend the majority of the trip there exploring the less-developed landscape of the west coast of Ireland.

Follow them as they blog about their adventures at