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King Kekaulike students awarded Japan trip

Students from King Kekaulike High School were awarded a trip to Japan after competing in the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s 18th Annual Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition last month.

Sixty students from 14 schools from across the state competed in the annual competition, which was held virtually this year. The three-student team competition is an intense academic test on an extensive range of topics related to Japan, including arts, culture and traditions, food, geography, history, Japan-U.S./Hawaii ties, literature, politics and government, sports and language.

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii awards trips to Japan to two top-scoring private schools and two top-scoring public schools.

An anonymous donor is sponsoring the trip for the King Kekaulike High School Level B team. The donor, a retired public school teacher, said her former students benefited from the competition and requested that another public school team travel to Japan.

The students and their advisers will travel to Japan when it is safe to travel again and will experience firsthand what they studied in the classroom and through independent research.

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