Dokkyo High School Students visit East Hawai‘i and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Dokkyo High School Group Photo on the steps of the Univeristy of Hilo at Hawai‘i Campus Center
Dokkyo Saitama Junior & Senior High School Group Photo on the steps of the Univeristy of Hilo at Hawai‘i Campus Center

This past October, over a four day period, 200 students and 10 teachers from Dokkyo Saitama High School came for the third year in a row to visit East Hawai‘i and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Dokkyo Saitama Junior & Senior High School is a private co-ed school, consisting of junior and senior high school students. The high school is located in Koshigaya City, Saitama, Japan.

Learning Laboratory

Group of Dokkyo High School students overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

The group tour began at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park where Darcy Bevens, CSAV’s educational specialist, and Peter Charlot provided an active experienced-based lecture as they led hikes along Sulphur Banks & ‘Iliahi Trails, as well as Steaming Bluff which overlooks Halema‘uma‘u crater. The students also visited Jaggar Museum and walked through Nahuku Lava tube before departing HVNP.

‘Akaka Falls State Parks
‘Akaka Falls State Parks

Following their visit to HVNP the students headed to ʻAkaka Falls on the Hamakua Coast where field Biologist Claudia Ziroli and Naturalist, Eric Coyl met them. Students learned about rain forest ecology with a lecture emphasizing Hawaiian native forests and weather cycles. Students then explored the lush hike to the falls, while learning about tropical botanical species and identifying local flora and fauna. Not to be missed, the group stopped at the Kamehameha Statue for a photo op before calling it a day.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Student Exchange

Student Exchange
Dokkyo High School and University of Hawaii at Hilo Student Exchange

Day two of the students’ EDventures included an introduction to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Dokkyo students were greeted with a traditional Hawaiian chant and hula performance by Kumu Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah. UH Hilo marine science’s Marine Option program hosted a student exchange as well as took our visiting students on a campus tour which included time spent in the marine science labs. Special thanks to MOP’s Jason Hasler and Matt Connelly for all their hard work recruiting students for the exchange. Also a HUGE MAHALO to Dr. Jason Adolf, Dr. Lisa Parr, Jill Grotkin, and Dr. Misaki Takabayashi for joining our exchange and making Dokkyo’s visit to our campus so very memorable!!

Hawaiian EDventure Group Programs

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Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy hosts Japanese students with the UH Hilo Conference Center

Five pharmacy students and their faculty sponsor from Matsuyama University in Japan visited UH Hilo from Feb. 23 to March 8 and were treated to an overview the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. UH Hilo has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Matsuyama, and the program was part of the Hawaiian EDventure program, sponsored by the UH Hilo Conference Center . . .

. . . The students were able to enjoy many aspects of Hawaiian life through the Hawaiian EDventure program, such as tours of Rainbow Falls, King Kamehameha Statue, Naha Stone, Coconut Island and Liliuokalani Park. The tours fit in the concept of the EDventure Program, said the Conference Center’s Sharay Uemura.

“Adding the educational component isour specialty and is what makes us entirely different from the standard tour companies,” Uemura said. “We believe that in order to receive the most benefit from what our island has to offer, the educational component is necessary. Although our programs may visit a lot of the same locations as a regular tour company, the educational component is deeply intertwined. It has not been challenging to incorporate education because our island is so enriched with science and culture that it overflows with education.”

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Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonials

Click here for original testimonialsYellow, orange, and pink sunset on the horizon with coconut tree sillhouettes, pacific ocean, and clouds. Best of Hawaii and Kauai testimonial

William from Eugene, OR
Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 01/04/14 – 01/14/14

A rare and worthwhile experience. Bright participants and a joy to be with, this being my 21st Elderhostel. 2nd half on Hawaii had exceedingly good presenters and Claudia mother hubbar’d us to perfection.

William from Eugene, OR
Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 01/04/14 – 01/14/14

A rare and worthwhile experience. Bright participants and a joy to be with, this being my 21st Elderhostel. 2nd half on Hawaii had exceedingly good presenters and Claudia mother hubbar’d us to perfection.

Best of Kauai’s Natural and Cultural Wonders Testimonials

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Francisco from Del Mar, CA
Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 02/25/14 – 03/03/14

Kaua‘i's Grand CanyonI enjoyed the comprehensive coverage of the entire island. Evening talk story sessions we’re entertaining and instructive. Nelson Kaai is another Jay Leno. Sabra Kauka gives a dignified presentation from the native Hawaiian perspective. Chuck Blay’s discussion of the geology of Kaua’i changed my thinking.

Raymond from Vienna, VA
Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 02/03/13 – 02/09/13

We recommend the Kauai experience

Awards & Recognition

HVCB, Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, Kahili Award, Hawaiian EDventure, Awards & Recognition
Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau – Kahili Award
UH Hilo Conference Center staff accepting the Kahili Award
UH Hilo Conference Center staff accepting the Kahili Award

The Hawaiian EDventure Program was awarded the Kahili Award and the “Best of Show” by the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau in 1999 and 2002. The annual “Keep It Hawaiʻi” award acknowledges outstanding programs that perpetuate Hawaiʻi’s culture, history and environment in traditional and inspiring ways for visitors.

Kahili Award

In the past, this tall wooden pole, its top crowned with a cylinder of colored feathers, announced the appearance of Hawaiian royalty.  Today, the “Keep It Hawai‘i” carved Kahili award symbolizes excellence in product and deed.  It is given to honor the preservation of the Hawaiian spirit, and displayed with great pride.

Awarded by the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau:

  • 1997 Kahili Award
  • 1999 Kahili Award
  • 1999 “Best of Show”
  • 2002 Kahili Award
  • 2002 “Best of Show”

Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonial

The Best of Hawaii and KauaiBest of Hawaii and Kauai program featuring Rainbow falls in Hilo, Hawai‘i

  • 11 Days | 10 Nights
  • Program #1413RJ
  • Number of programs attended: 3
  • Date attended: 02/18/13 – 02/28/13

Two Kupuna (seniors or elders) with Head Lei (Haku) for Best of Hawaii and Kauai Testimonial

“If you want an overview of the geology, history and both ancient and current Hawaiian culture, this is the program for you. The in-country program directors were the best I have had on any Roadscholar program.”

– Tom from Waunakee, WI

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Thank You Card From Japanese Participants

Japanese participants on the top of Mauna Kea

  • Big Island Candies ONO. We love it!
  • I was happy that I could come to UH. Mahalo. I will continue to learn Hula with a joy.
  • Mahalo, Mahalo, Thank you. It was a joyous memory. Noriko
  • Started from wonderful greetings, I felt so happy. Thank you. Naoka
  • The beautiful nature and beautiful hearts. I love Hilo and cookies too. Thank you. Yukiko
  • Thank you. I enjoyed this program. Natsuki
  • ALOHA! JUDITH
  • Thank you for the cookies. I will buy more for the souvenir. Noriyo
  • I want to come back to Hilo. Pikakenuilani Kinoshita
  • It was the best day of my Hula life. Pualilia
  • ALOHA- It was a great experience for me. Thank you! Sachiko Uono
  • Thank you for inviting us. Junko
  • Mahalo. Aya Kealohilani
  • Mahalo. Keiko Iwamoto
  • Thank you for the great experience. Miyuki
  • Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. S. Yoshida
  • The candies tasted good especially when we were tired. Kazuko
  • Thank you. Mitsuyo Fukuoka
  • Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. The lessons were fun. I will not forget. Hiromi K
  • I love Hilo. I love Hula. Mahalo Nui Loa. Yumiko Hosokawa
  • Big Island Candies were delicious! Mahalo. Ritsuko
  • I did not know that there was the UH in Hilo also. For me, coming to UH became a good memory.
    Thank you. Marika T
  • Thank you for the delicious cookies. Mahalo. Setsuko
  • Everyday was a moving experience. I want to come back next year. K.H.Yanagi
  • It was a fulfilling 5 days of program. Thank you for everything. Mahalo. Shino
  • I love you. I am a Judith fan. Thank you so much. Miyuki

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