2008/10/30 18:11:09

This Fall Term, students in Core 4 of the College Preparatory Program, which is HTIC's ESL program for non-native speakers of English, have been visiting Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary School once each week to provide one-on-one English language instruction for that school's ELL Program.

The HTIC College Prep students, with the support of Ms. Diane Murakami, are teaching basic English to some of the culturally diverse international students who are a part of the Queen Ka'ahumanu student body. The HTIC students, in turn, are learning the value of doing something special for their local community. This service learning activity is proving to be a fun and educational experience for all involved.

Mr Nick Delzotto, the Coordinator of the College Prep Program, invites all to follow the impressions and reflections of the program participants by reading and commenting on the HTIC Service Learning Blog, http://portfolio.hawaiitokai.edu/service/weblog/. (Please note, some students have restricted their blogs to Logged In users only, please email Mr. Delzotto for a username and password.)

To view pictures of the Core 4 students in the Rainbow Room at Queen Ka’ahumanu go to http://picasaweb.google.com/hawaiitokai/Core4ServiceLearning# .

Here are some interesting blog excerpts:

"The student I taught second was a Korean boy. We studied about the universe and planets in the solar system. Since astronomy is my favorite subject, I tried very hard to make my student interested in the content by testing his understanding and giving him some profound knowledge. At first, he seemed not to be interested in the topic so much, but he gradually took a positive attitude toward my lecture. This let my teaching go on smoothly. Actually he was a very smart student because he asked me many questions actively about the stars and the space. I hope he could have an effective learning time during my lecture."


"When she encountered words she could not pronounce and understand, during reading, she did some actions to indicate her feeling. For instance, she stopped reading and looked at me. These signals meant 'I do not know this. Please teach me.' They were using nonverbal communication just like what we learned about in our Intercultural Communication Class! Therefore, I could receive her signs. It means that I could help her."


"When, I asked 'What color is this fire truck?' I expected that he would answer that 'The truck is red.' At first, he answered that but then he continued answering. 'The truck has purple, green, and yellow.' I couldn’t understand the meaning of his answer. Then, I noticed that a switch inside of the truck was painted purple, green and yellow. Adults tend see things with common sense. However, children will not filter their answers and they will try to see the whole of the object. That’s why I think children are pure. They will not judge objects with their common sense."


2008/10/29 17:25:52

Fourteen HTIC students, one alumnus, and HTIC's Student Support Specialist, Andrew Fujimoto, participated in the "2008 Painting Party Zone Project" held at Stevenson Middle School on Oct 18. The HTIC contingent was part of over 100 community volunteers who came out and donated time to paint over graffiti and make the middle school a more attractive place for its students and for those who live in the surrounding community.

The volunteering event began with a short introduction and meeting. The HTIC students then picked up their paintbrushes and rollers and began about four non-stop hours of clean-up work. The event was tiring but the students had fun while learning the value of helping out in the community. A cameraman from KHNL News 8 filmed HTIC student Ryohei Tayama vigorously scrubbing paint off the floor. Just seconds before, Ryohei was seen taking a break. This led to his friends sharing a good laugh at his expense as they accused him of showing off for the camera. All looked forward to seeing their classmate and possibly themselves on the 6:00 news.

The student volunteers reportedly had a great time working for a great cause. The College is proud of these students for learning the value of community service. The fifteen students who volunteered for this event included Masato Ariga and members and supporters of the Hawaii Tokai Baseball Team: Riki Fujimori, Ryohei Tayama, Kota Hobara, Masashi Kimura, Kenshi Ichinomori, Terumasa Kanzaki, Hirofumi Takasaki, Shun Kamijyo, Ryohei Nishida, Risa Funato, Akiko Fukuwa, Haruka Suzuki, Aine Takeuchi and HTIC alumnus, Takahisa Koike.

2008/9/2 14:13:25

On Sunday September 21, from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, the yoga community in Honolulu is holding a yoga marathon in the HTIC auditorium to raise money for homeless families living on Oahu. In addition to featuring yoga (various styles and schools), mantras, dance, and meditation, live performances will be provided by "Underwater Radar" and other artists, in addition to special performances by IHS kids’ yoga class and kid’s ukulele by Uke N8ture. Healthy snacks and water will be provided by a number of local sponsors.

At least 80% of participant donations will go to two local organizations that help Hawaii’s homeless: HIS (The Institute for Human Services), which was founded in 1978 by Father Claude F. Du Teil and provides supportive services to homeless families; and H-5 (Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope), which provides over 4000 meals a month and provides weekly after-school programs to approximately 80 local high school students. The remaining 20% of donations will go toward expenses incurred by the event.

The Yoga Marathon is held as a part of the United Nations’ "International Day of Peace," which was first established as an annual September event by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Last year was the first year that the State of Hawai'i joined this global endeavor with its own "Peace Day Hawai'i" celebration. At last year's celebration, HTIC was proud that one of its students, Mr. Shu Hikichi, was awarded top prize in the State’s "Adult, Non-Native Speaker Essay" category. This year, HTIC is honored to serve the yoga organizers as the venue for their important Peace Day fundraising event.

For more information, please contact the organizers of this event: Debbie Azama-Park dazamapark@hotmail.com or Jai Ma (Maria Steele) at mariasteele@msn.com.

2008/8/8 17:02:57

HTIC will host students from nine medical programs in Japan for a short-term Medical English Workshop to be held August 20-27.

The participants represent a number of distinguished university medical schools, including those at Tokai University, Kobe University, Kochi University, Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Hokkaido University, Chiba University, Hamamatsu Ika, and Oita University.

The workshop offers courses that teach Medical English and reinforce English communication for the medical professional. Participants in the workshop will also conduct clinical practice situations with University of Hawaii Medical School students.

Doctors in practice in Hawaii as well as a world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Ken Kimura, are scheduled to share their own perceptions and experiences with the Japanese medical students. Participants will also particpate in workshop sessions with Japanese residents training in hospitals in Hawaii.

*DECEMBER 2008 FOLLOW-UP: Please play the following Japanese language video to view 2008 workshop highlights:

2008/7/29 14:35:17

On Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, approximately 20 HTIC students participated in two events hosted by the Palolo Lion’s Club to honor 25 international students from 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Turkey. The HTIC students were invited as guests to the first event, but worked as volunteers in the second event as a part of the College’s efforts to encourage service learning in the local community.

The first event, held on Friday at the Palolo Community Center in Palolo Valley, Honolulu, was the “International Youth Summer Camp Pool Party.” HTIC students enjoyed a memorable night of fun interacting with the international students as well as with local MAAC and HCAP youths from Palolo Valley. Students were treated to pool time, a buffet dinner, and a movie presentation and award ceremony given by the local MAAP group. The pool party helped the visiting international students relax at the end of a three week summer camp that took them to beautiful sites on Oahu and Maui.

Those HTIC students who attended the pool party were Masato Ariga, Yaeko Okano, Hitomi Yahagi, Yoshimi Araki, Narumi Sugimura, Atsuto Matsumoto, Terumasa Kanzaki, Ken Hamanaka, Haruka Ishiwata, Kota Hobara, and Emi Iwai.

At the second event held on Saturday, about ten HTIC students volunteered time to serve food at the Lion’s International Youth Camp Farewell Dinner. This dinner was held at the Jarrett Middle School Cafeteria, with Lion’s Club members from all over the island coming together to say farewell to the international students. The three-hour dinner party showcased the many talents of the international students as they performed hula and an impressive “haka,” a traditional New Zealand warrior dance. It was apparent that the students put a lot of time into their practice for this performance. The evening was topped off with everyone holding hands and singing "Aloha O’e."

The HTIC students enjoyed volunteering and helping out with this community event. They worked hard in setting up, serving, and cleaning up for the farewell dinner on Saturday in honor of the international student visitors. Hopefully, they will learn from their experiences, encourage others to help out in the community, and continue to expand their own service learning experiences.

The ten students who volunteered at the Farewell Dinner were: Ayako Sato, Yurina Nakamura, Moeka Dobashi, Kosuke Muramoto, Masato Ariga, Yuko Watanabe, Emi Iwai, Mana Shiokawa, Ryohei Suzuki, and Shun Suzuki.

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