1) Introduction


Thank you so much for committing your time to this very special program. This will be a first-of-its kind program for LbE Hawaii. As such, your input, support, team work, and communication would be greatly appreciated throughout the program. Without your participation in this program, there would be no program! I look forward to working together with you all and becoming a very close-knit team.


Kevin Ching

Project Director & Co-Founder, LbE Hawaii

2) Purpose & Goal of Program

We want all 3 groups of people to benefit from this program: the visiting students from Japan, the participating students from Kalani High School, and the Islanders....that's YOU! By the end of the program, we want the main takeaways to be as follows:

  1. Think critically about our world; our environment. Think about how we could make the world sustainable.

  2. Discover the issues of our environment and think critically and collaboratively about solutions.

  3. Exchange language between Hawaii and Japan. English <--> Japanese.

  4. Exchange culture between Hawaii and Japan and even further (globally).

  5. Learn about the history and diverse culture of Hawaii.

  6. Learn about the relationship between Hawaii and Japan and the unique culture and history of "Japanese in Hawaii."

  7. Self-Discovery & Identity. Who am I? What are my potentials? What are my strengths and weaknesses? How can I make a difference in the world? How can I become a global leader? 

  8. Gain new or improve skills like leadership, intercultural communication, time management, listening, speaking, writing, and presenting

3) Roles (Who is who?)

Director - Yuko Maruo - In charge of the overall program, Yuko will be the main Facilitator and voice. She will conduct the activities, emphasize information for impactful learning, and translate English <--> Japanese when needed for smooth communication.

Assistant Director - Kevin Ching - Developer & Coordinator of program. Kevin's main role will be to manage and directly supervise the Islander (leader) staff. Kevin will coordinate and make sure Islanders are aware of what to do, how best to prepare, etc. Kevin will also co-direct the program with Yuko with an emphasis on scheduling and troubleshooting throughout the program. Kevin will be available to the school and students 24/7 throughout the program, including in the hotel. 

LbE Japan & Hawaii CEO - Mr. Koichiro Kita - Mr. Kita will observe the program and make an appearance to most site visits and activities while silently observing and providing advice or key points to the students as needed. Mr. Kita has been the main organizer of this program while it developed on the Japan side. Mr. Kita has held several pre-workshops with the Japanese students periodically from January through February. 

Islanders - English Speaking Leaders, assigned to a group of 4~5 Japanese high school students + 1 Kalani High School student, representing the people and aloha of Hawaii, befriends the students to support them in English-practice and international relations. Islanders are "SAFETY" positions, ensuring the safety and comfort of the minors. Islanders must actively and responsibly keep a strict attendance throughout the day and ensure no students are left behind or lost. 

Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School Students - 37 students have applied for this program. Many of these students will be coming to Hawaii for the first time, many of which have no idea what to expect. Many of the students will be shy at first, but it is our hope to ease them into our culture and show them a lot of aloha! These students will collaborate directly with the Kalani High School students and are expected to create (2) presentations. 

Kalani High School Students - 8 students have applied to be a part of this program. They are all interested in practicing their Japanese skills, as they are all studying Japanese. These students will collaborate actively with the Ritsumeikan Moriyama students and will create (2) presentations together. 

4) Basic Program Information

Visiting School Name: Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School, from Shiga Prefecture

Number of Japan Students: 37

Japan Students Ages: High School (average, 17)

Japan Students Gender: Mostly boys, but each group will have a mixture of both boys and girls

Japan Students English Level: Relatively low, but when placed together in group's, communication becomes a group effort

Participating Local School: Kalani High School

Kalani HS Ages: High School (average, 17)

Number of Kalani Students: 8

Kalani Student Type: All come from Japanese class (upper level), but language capability limited

Kalani HS Gender: 6 girls, 2 boys

Number of Groups: 8

Group Format: 1 Islander, 1 Kalani Student, 4~5 Japan Student

Group Assignment: The following will be your group assignment for the duration of the program.

GROUP 1 - Matthew Alejo

GROUP 2 - Paul Lee

GROUP 3 - Virgil Delima

GROUP 4 - Sierra Vaughn

GROUP 5 - Ethan Palma-Fuller

GROUP 6 - Archer Yamaki

GROUP 7 - Anthony Nguyen

GROUP 8 - 

5) Daily Information at a Glance
6) Detailed Information

Drivers: Please park at the Kapiolani Park parking lot or nearby street parking. Walking time is approximately 10-15 minutes. As it gets closer to the Honolulu Festival, parking might be limited! Please plan accordingly. 

Hale Aloha: On the second day, March 4th, all Islanders are required to prepare and bring a Hale Aloha cultural presentation to the program. Please see below for details:

Watch the following video to acquaint yourself with Exploration UH Manoa (and Exploration Waikiki, which follows the same concept)

Daily Meal Money

1.  Daily lunch will be provided in form of provided cash to buy or a fixed meal for all LbE Hawaii staff, students, teachers, and escorts, and Kalani High School students (when they participate).

2.  Cash for dinner will be provided on 3/4, 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, and 3/10.

3.  All Islanders will receive an envelope of cash per day and are expected to spend the money for applicable meals for themselves, as well as paying for their Japanese students and Kalani students (when they participate). 

4.  Islanders must keep all receipts and return any remaining change to the Assistant Director at the end of each day.

5.  On most days, lunch may be purchased from food courts such as Ala Moana and at the University of Hawaii. 

6.  For dinner, Islanders may escort their groups to the Food Pantry or ABC Stores in Waikiki to buy groceries to cook food in the students' hotel room. The Waikiki Banyan comes equipped with a full kitchen. On certain days, groups may also go to nearby restaurants or food courts within Waikiki for dinner.

7) Workbook

We are currently working on the workbook but will upload it here once it is complete. The workbook will be for the high school participants and will act as a guide to help further their learning. For now, please refer to the attached itinerary.

8) Policies
  1. Please do NOT wear any provocative or offensive clothing, or clothing that reveals too much skin on any day, at any time.

  2. Please do your best to cover up any visible tattoos. 

  3. Please do NOT wear any unusual piercings.

  4. As much as possible, keep hair color at a natural color.

  5. Absolutely no swearing is allowed during the program. Do NOT teach your students any bad words.

  6. Absolutely no exchanging of social media, emails, personal information with any of the visiting high school and Kalani students.

  7. Refrain from use of personal cell phones or other related electronic devices throughout the program or when with the students.

  8. Always stay with your group! Do not abandon your students to "hang" with another group. 

  9. Absolutely no smoking, consumption of alcohol, or use of drugs during the program -- especially in the presence of the students.

  10. Dropping out of the program early, failure to report on time, or failure to follow the policies above may result in forfeiture of compensation.

9) Final Confirmation Required ASAP

Please fill out the brief form below to confirm that you have read and accepted the terms of participating in this exciting program. 

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