Surf’s up! We are in the middle of the season for some of the biggest surf on the North Shore, with waves reaching heights of 25 to 30 feet! The conditions are extremely dangerous, and only experts can surf the giant waves. Tourists and locals from all around gather at local spots on O’ahu’s North Shore from November to late December to check out the world-famous surf competitions.
This past Monday ended the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first of three contests making up the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing. The Reef Hawaiian Pro at Ali’i Beach Park in Hale’iwa was a huge success, with crowds of people showing up to watch some of the world’s best surfers in action. There are still two more contests to go in the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing: the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach (November 24 - December 6), and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at Ehukai Beach (December 8-20). If you have not had a chance to visit the North side of the island, make sure you check it out and catch sights of some of the world’s largest waves. You can also watch the competitions live at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com/reefblog/live.php.
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Halloween is an American holiday celebrated every year on October 31st. In Hawaii, it is a fun, unforgettable event for everyone, young and old. Every year thousands of people crowd the streets of Waikiki and Downtown to show off their craziest, scariest costumes. Hundreds more show up just to witness the creativity of people’s costumes.
This year, Bill Young of Academia Language School organized his annual pre-Halloween Party at Cha Cha Cha. About 24 students attended the event, where they had drinks and pupus before heading off to crowded streets in Waikiki. For many students, this was their first time in Hawaii for a Halloween celebration. Check out photos of the event at www.academiaschool.com/zenphoto/halloween-2009. If you missed this year’s Halloween festivities, we hope to see you next year for another scary Halloween!
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Aloha from Academia! If you are new to Academia Language School, we hope you have been enjoying your time in Hawaii so far. And if you are thinking about attending Academia Language School, we hope the our website gives you a good idea of what our school and Hawaii is like.
Check out the new additions to our website at www.academiaschool.com/students.html. We have a blog that will be updated with new school information, activities, events, and website changes. Our new photo gallery will have photos from Academia activities, as well as Hawaii events and festivals. We also have a community event section that will provide information on events around the island, live concerts, museum exhibits, volunteer work, hikes, clubs, and many other activities. Check our blog often for updates and last minute events and activities. Some of this month’s exciting events include sunset catamaran sailing, a moped tour, and a trip to Chinatown.
In addition to our blog, we will be posting updates on our new Facebook and Myspace accounts. Please become a fan of Academia on Facebook and a friend of our Myspace page. We would love to stay in touch with you and hear your comments about Hawaii and Academia Language School. We’ll see you around Academia or as we say in Hawaii: “A hui hou!”
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