Purposes of the Program

The Hawaii-Okinawa High School Student Exchange Program was established by the State Legislature in partnership with the Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii United Okinawa (HUOA) in 1990 to:

  1. Provide student with the opportunity to learn first-hand about the diverse
    cultures of other countries of the world.
  2. Foster and sustain good relationships and cultural exchanges between foreign
    countries and the State of Hawaii.
  3. Foster global awareness and a sense of “internationalism” in today’s youth.

Part II of our Student Exchange Program will be our Hawaii students going to Okinawa in June.

Just the same as the Hawaii United Okinawa Association does when the Okinawan
students are with us in Hawaii, the Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education will arrange
for host families and cover the expenses for field trips, welcome gathering, sayonara
party, etc. Students will be responsible for their own plane fare to Okinawa.