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September 25, 2019

Welcome to American Samoa

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist


Welcome to American Samoa and the Robert C. Seamans, Class of S-288!

Late last night, one of the two weekly flights from Hawai’I to American Samoa arrived at the Pago Pago airport with 26 special visitors: the SEA Semester class of S288.

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October 17, 2017

Flashback: The Sounds of an Umu

In latest episode of our SEA Stories podcast, join the students of S-275 as they participate in an Umu, a traditional Samoan feast prepared in an earth oven. Visit a tropical garden and learn about the importance of tattoo in Samoan culture.

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September 27, 2017

Celebration, Umu Style

Alison Derevensky, A Watch, Macaulay Honors CUNY Brooklyn College


For our last full day ashore at Pago Pago, American Samoa, S-275 went to a traditional Samoan umu at Reg and Su’a Wilson’s beautiful home. They are good friends of SEA Semester and are educators here on the island where they grew up and currently live on Reg’s family land. An umu is a feast that Samoans prepare typically every Sunday, and it’s kind of like our Sunday dinner or Thanksgiving, depending on how big your Sunday dinners are.

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July 29, 2017

Reflections on PIPA

Nic Rummel, C Watch, Colorado School of Mines

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Hello all ye land lovers. Things are going well for us out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We have had a good last few days with our fair share of scientific deployments and sail handling. It has been a particular pleasure of mine to finally participate in the full work load. At first, I had an unfortunately severe amount of complications from sea sickness. guess that is what a mountain man gets for trying to be a sailor.

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December 06, 2016

SEA Semester’s Polynesia voyage is perfect fit for Drew University student

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
Drew Sophomore Studies Ecosystems and Sustainability in Polynesia
Marina Mozak sails on a tall ship research vessel
Drew Today

December 2016 – Drew University student Marina Mozak bid a temporary farewell to The Forest to spend a semester at sea.

Mozak, a sophomore studying environmental science and political science, was among 25 students who studied ecosystems and sustainability in Polynesian island cultures aboard a tall ship research vessel, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. Other schools represented on the trip included the University of Virginia, Wellesley College, Vassar College and Villanova University.

The program, run by the Sea Education Association, began in August with preparatory course work in Woods Hole, Mass. From there, Mozak and her peers traveled to American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and disembarked for a final time in Auckland, New Zealand last month. Mozak also wrote about life on a ship via the program’s blog, SEA Currents.

Read the FULL STORY.

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June 06, 2015

Field trip to Waimea Valley

Katie Hoots, Vassar College

Aloha Aina

When we went to Waimea Valley, we were able to see and experience in person a taste of the ancient Hawai’ian culture and practices that we had studied in the classroom. Every person we talk to enriches our understanding of the deep connections between the resource management and spirituality of the ancient Hawai’ian’s. Kaila Alva (education and outreach coordinator), who works at Waimea Valley, taught us about the sacredness and importance of the Ahupua’a watershed system and the work that she and others are doing to preserve it today.

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December 05, 2014

Material Culture at Sea

Tyler Putman, B Watch, Maritime Voyager

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Who knew studying material culture could lead to such adventures? I’m a PhD student in the History of American Civilization Program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware, and I’m aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer as a Maritime Voyager. As a material culture historian, I study the things made and used by humans and the culture behind commonplace and unusual objects. Americans wore different sorts of clothing at different points in our history.

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