Hawaiian high school students visit to learn about Okinawa
June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
Fifteen Okinawan Hawaiian high school students met Mitsuo Ageda, Okinawa’s vice-governor and Akira Moromizato, the head of the boards of education, at Okinawa Prefecture Office on June 11. They visited Okinawa on June 6 and are scheduled to stay here for two weeks as part of the Hawaii-Okinawa High School Exchange Program. The students stayed with host families and attended high schools in Okinawa.
Kai Williams from Kalaheo High School said, “This is my first visit to Okinawa and I am interested in Okinawa very much. I want to enjoy the rest of my stay.”
Mitsuo Ageda, vice-governor said, “I want you to make a lot of good memories and be a bridge between Okinawa and Hawaii in the future.” The Hawaii-Okinawa High School Exchange Program marks its 25th anniversary this year. According to the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), the total number of participants from Hawaii and Okinawa so far exceeds 1,000 students.
(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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