The Kinjo-Hawaii Program is an annual 10-day summer program designed to immerse Japanese high school students into the American English language and Hawaii's history, culture, people, and environment. Japanese students will gain these skills and knowledge by various lessons and activities in collaboration with the program leaders.
The program leaders, comprised of a team of current or recently graduated local college students will take on leadership through unique activities and teach basic English and cultural lessons. The leaders are expected to add to the current activities with their own experiences and conduct "discussions" throughout the program. There are two types of focuses during this program, 1) activities based around English learning and 2) Culture learning (diversity in Hawaii, Hawaiian Hawaiian History, Japanese history in Hawaii, etc.).
Throughout the program, all leaders must lodge at a hotel in Waikiki with the Japanese students in order to provide intensive support around the clock. This would create an advantageous opportunity for the students to get a better understanding of American language and culture. The leaders will also act as a guide around Waikiki and at various field trips around the island.
The 2020 Kinjo-Hawaii Program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The program is expected to return in the year 2021.