Lau Kānka No Hawaiʻi has the pleasure of hosting Colette Higgins, who will be sharing her 2016 sabbatical experience, tracing the footsteps of Queen Kapi'olani when she traveled to England as a guest at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Her 56-day journey led her to the same seven cities visited by the queen (San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Liverpool, Norwich and London) in the same order, at the same time of year, using similar modes of transportation (including crossing the continental United States by train and the Atlantic Ocean by ship).
Queen Kapiʻolani used this travel experience as an educational opportunity for herself, and she was very well received along the way. Higgins will share photos and stories about her journey and what she learned about Queen Kapiʻolani by following in her footsteps.
Colette Higgins holds an MA in history (Pacific Islands), a BA in history and anthropology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and an AA in liberal arts from Kapi‘olani Community College.
Higgins taught Hawaiian history for nearly 20 years, and is a recipient of the Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award and Frances Davis Award for Excellence in undergraduate teaching. Currently, Higgins is a dean of academic affairs at Windward Community College where she oversees the language arts and humanities departments, the academic support units, and the early college program.