Alternative Break: Hawai’i


In partnership with the Pacific Islands Institute, all USC students are invited to learn about issues of sovereignty & explore the history of Hawaii!

Alternative Break: Hawai’i provides student with an intimate, cross-cultural immersion experience on the island of Oahu. Participants explore Native Hawaiian history, culture, and the struggle for sovereignty through service-learning, dialogue, and reflection.

  • Service: Volunteer at taro gardens and ancient fish ponds
  • Cultural tours to historic sites, including North Shore & Waimea Valley
  • Native Hawaiian history & culture
  • Reflection & discussion
  • Learn about the sovereignty struggle, activism & more!

2018 Application Form

Applications due: September 19, 2018

Application link:

2018 Travel Details & Application Process

Dates: December 13-18, 2018
Location of hotel: Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai’i

2018 Cost (for information purposes): $1350
Includes: lodging, daily continental breakfast, transportation, activities fees and some meals

Flight Information

Air fare IS NOT included in program fees.
Participants can book flight with APASS for an additional fee.
Participants can book flight independently. Participants must arrive before program start, and depart after program end.

Fundraising opportunities are available and encouraged.

2018 Application Timeline 

  • Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00am: Applications Due
  • Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28: Interviews in STU 410
  • Monday, October 1 – Selection Notification (by Email)
  • Friday, October 5 – $600 non-refundable deposit due to STU 410 (1st payment)
  • Friday, October 26 – $710 non-refundable deposit due to STU 410 (2nd payment)
  • Friday, November 16 – TBD non-refundable payment due to STU 410 (Flight payment)
  • TBD (Week of Nov 12-16) – Mandatory Pre-trip Discussion #1 in STU 410
  • TBD (Week of Nov 26-30) – Mandatory Pre-trip Discussion #2 in STU 410
  • Thursday, December 13 – Tuesday, December 18, 2018 – AWB Hawai’i Trip