Inaugural Asian Field Study Reunion in the books

Asian Field Study alumni on February 5 at Aloha Beer Company
Asian Field Study alumni on February 5 at Aloha Beer Company.

More than 100 alumni gathered on February 5 at Aloha Beer Company, founded by Shidler alumnus Steve Sombrero, MBA ‘94, for the inaugural Asian Field Study Reunion, sponsored by the Asian Field Study Association. The evening was packed with catching up with old friends, sharing stories, enjoying music and delicious food and drinks. Asian Field Study directors K.K. Seo, Jack Suyderhoud and Ben Bystrom relived the program's history and some lucky guests won fabulous prizes from the raffle.

"We organized this event to reconnect with everyone over the 40 years of the program's history," said Deran Yamada, Asian Field Study Association president. "Our mission is to grow and strengthen the network so we may continue learning, creating opportunities and sharing great memories. We're pleased with the turnout and hope that everyone continues be active with the association. We aim to continue and grow our network, resources and have more events in the future."

More fun alumni events are being planned in the future such as golf, BBQs, karaoke nights and trips to Asia!

We're also excited to announce a new fund at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation specifically for supporting these types of alumni activities, as well as providing scholarships to deserving students participating in the Asian Field Study program. If you'd like to contribute to the fund, click the button below.

Thank you so much for your support!