National Geographic : 1969 Oct
Where is he? There he is! We're together. After flying in from Colorado, Mrs. Thomas Buja kowski waits anxiously (left) at Fort De Russey for her husband, an Army captain due from South Viet Nam for a five-day rest-and-recuperation leave. Joy fills her face when she sees him. She flies into his arms, tossing a lei that just misses being a ringer. Their poignant reunion is but one among many; each month 10,000 battle-weary men arrive for "R and R" in Honolulu. Even the University of Hawaii, at its cam pus between shoulders of the Koolau Range, has tourism on its mind. As befits a university a mile north of Waikiki with a view of the surf, it offers many courses related to hotel management and the travel industry. Keeping pace with the growth of Honolulu, the university develops new programs and facilities there for some 22,000 students. Its East-West Center works toward the fusion of Asian and American cultures. "Any building more than twenty years old is considered hallowed," remarked President Emeritus Gregg M. Sinclair, a Minnesotan who joined the faculty in 1928. That was 21 years after the university was established to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts. "There are more professors in the English department now than we had on the entire faculty when I came," he said. "The univer sity is doing things we could only talk about in my first years." He cited courses in ocean 522 ography and art, and a thriving cultural cur riculum, particularly outstanding in drama. I sat in on a class in hotel management. The students were preparing a formal dinner with $4-a-pound beefsteak, champagne, and two dinner wines. As we disposed of the repast-worth an "A" on anyone's grading scale-I remarked that this seemed to be a splendid way to go to college. "Not always," a student responded. "Yes terday we had to eat cherries jubilee at 8:30 in the morning." So many students earn money during the summer at the huge Dole pineapple canning factory in the downtown section that it is said, "Half of Honolulu went to college at the cannery." Dole, owned by the biggest of the Big Five, Castle & Cooke, employs 1,100 women on each shift at the peak of the canning season (pages 514-15). It is the city's largest single employer, counting temporary-help.