2013/5/29 16:13:48

On Mother's Day weekend 2013, a running team from HTIC participated in the first ever Ekiden race to be held in Hawaii. The Ekiden, a term that means “long distanced relay race” in Japanese, originated in Japan and consists of a course 26 miles long. The race has six course sections that can be run individually or in teams of up to six people. HTIC's team comprised six student members, who managed to place 10th out of over 200 teams and 1st in the category of college/university teams. Congratulations!

2012/12/3 14:39:04

On September 11, 2012, I went to Minamisanriku in Japan's Tohoku region to volunteer for three days in an area hard hit by the huge tsunami of March 11, 2012.

In Minamisanriku I stayed in temporary housing with five other young men who were about my age. Green weeds spread out across the land in front of our housing. It was a spectacular view, but I soon recognized that this was supposed to be a residential area. Houses, cars, trains, and people in this area were all swallowed up in an instant.

The survivors in Minamisanriku have not given up trying to move forward. One day, one of my friends and I visited a playground to play with the kids. These children were so energetic. It did not take any time to become friends with them. Their smiles and sounds of laughter made me smile and gave me energy. As I sat on a bench to take a rest for awhile, I recalled what their kindergarten teacher had said to me: “Kids can escape from nightmares while they are playing.” This quote has stuck with me. People can be reassured by others just by being listening to.

I did volunteer work for just three days, but I learned a lot from the people in Minamisanriku. They still have a long long way to go, however they keep moving forward in order to survive. Even though they live in a difficult situation, they never forget about showing gratitude to others.

This experience has been engraved in my heart and I want to tell my friends about what I learned through this volunteer work. I really appreciate all of the people who I met in Minamisanriku and the staff who worked at the Christian Center. Hang in there Minamisanriku, we are always with you.

by Ryota Takahashi, LA Student

2012/9/14 17:42:48

On August 25, 2012, Tomomi Hibikiya, a recent HTIC alumna, and Mikako Kuruma and I, both current HTIC Liberal Arts’ students, joined the members of Halau Ke’ala Oka ’iliahi in performing hula at the Malama Ohana Festival in Kapiolani Park.

This was the first time for me to perform hula onstage. Kapena, a popular local group, played live as we danced and entertained many people who came to see our performance. This was a special memory for me as a hula dancer. Although I just started hula in April of this year, I am happy to be in HTIC’s Polynesian Club. I look forward to learning even more about Polynesian dance with my “kumu,” which means “teacher” in Hawaiian.

Anyone interested in Polynesian dance is welcomed in our club. I look forward to performing again in the local community!

(By Kurumi Kanamori, HTIC Liberal Arts Student)

2012/8/14 17:25:49

"One of the reasons I joined Projects Abroad was to research opportunities for our students to do volunteer work overseas and, of course, to contribute in some way myself," says Douglas Fuqua, the Vice Chancellor
at the Hawaii Tokai International College. Coming to Projects Abroad Cape Town for two weeks, Douglas volunteered at the Children's Centre in Vrygrond, a township in Cape Town.

2012/8/14 14:22:39

Dr. Toake Endoh, an HTIC professor of political science, participated in the June 2012 CISS/Keynote Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Endoh presented her recent research regarding foreign immigrants displaced by natural disasters in a panel discussion focusing on international migration. The panel offered a very vibrant and amicable discussion among scholars of multiple disciplines and offered these scholars a chance to build a network among peer researchers from Asia, Europe, and the Continental U.S. In addition to the conference, "centuries-old, gorgeous Prague architecture, as well as refreshing Czech beer, became other trip highlights!"

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