1) a: Eden
b: an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await
2) a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight
The definition of Paradise does not contain the word ‘Hawaii’, though perhaps it should. A picture, at least.
A Polynesian archipelago 2000 miles from the southwest coast of the US mainland, Hawaii is the physical embodiment of ideals such as adventure, natural beauty and bliss. And yet, it’s not a place that is often thought of to live in. A holiday, perhaps, or a short trip. But to live there? It’s not something that’s really considered often enough by people.
Which is astounding, isn’t it really? Waterfalls, snorkelling, diving, flumes, mountain climbing, nature, these are some of the things you may first think of when you consider Hawaii, but they’re really only the tip of the iceberg.
Hawaii is home to a variety of cultured, busy and enigmatic areas and cities, like Honolulu, Hawai’i (The Big Island) and Maui.
And it is in Maui that we find a fascinating college and member of the University of Hawaii: Maui Language Institute. International students of all backgrounds are provided with English language instruction of the highest quality from trained professionals. If you want to find out more about them, make sure to check out their profile, available here.
Classes are small, usually less than twenty and there are also opportunities for individual or private instruction. But that’s not even the best bit- lessons are not held in classrooms (!), meaning you can study English with paradise all around you, being taught in the native ‘island-style’.
The island of Maui is surrounded by sheltered waters, meaning it’s one of the top whale spotting areas in the world. During the winter, in particular, humpback whales gather, shelter and mate in the warm channels, leading to spectacular sightings.
The coastline of Maui is also diverse enough that water sports are easily accommodated, whether you are a raw beginner or an accomplished veteran. Further inland, there is the opportunity for even more adventure, with treks along the world’s largest dormant volcano or rides down the country’s longest zip wire available.
If this sounds appeasing to you, then do check out the Maui Language Institute’s profile: here.