Kokua Connection, Aloha Student overseas service tour in Hawaii

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Discovery Academy is excited to announce their first ever overseas service tour in Hawaii – KOKUA CONNECTION

Kokua Connection is based on the concept of the Hawaiian word “Kokua”, to help, aid, assist, or to give relief. Kokua Connection is an experiential retreat that will offer your student the opportunity of a lifetime. We provide cultural education through experience and therapy through service, all while incorporating a positive and fun environment with lots of Aloha.

Although we would like to accommodate all students who are interested in this opportunity spaces are limited and student appropriateness will need to be determined by the treatment team here at DA. Our boys group will be leaving on June 21 and return June 27, 2015. Our girls group will be leaving July 12 and return July 18, 2015. Learn more at Kokua Connection.
Students will experience the following:

Cultural Exploration:

Sharks Cove-tide pool exploration
North Shore’s Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline
Zipline at Keana Farms including a fun ATV adventure
Snorkeling at the world-famous Hanauma Bay
Hike Hanauma Bay Crater Rim
Haleiwa- Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s
Waimea Bay or Hukilau Beach
Polynesian Cultural Center
Students will experience the cultures of Polynesia walking through six different villages learning songs, dances, foods, and languages of the Polynesian people who have inhabited the Pacific islands for thousands of years. This activity will include a guided tour through the different Polynesian villages as visitors get to interact, experience and learn.

Historical Experience:

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument USS Arizona Memorial. Students will be able to walk around the visitor center’s museums. They will then watch a short educational clip on events that led up to World War II. Students will then board a motorboat and ride across a section of historic Pearl Harbor to the actual site where the USS Arizona was struck down, and still rests on the ocean floor today.

Service (Kokua) experience:

Students will tour a certified working organic farm and will provide volunteer service each day to the farm by pulling weeds, planting, composting, soil preparations, and more. Students will learn about the new “farm-to-table” trend of serving healthy foods to consumers in the most sustainable way. Students will also learn the business principles of starting, operating, and sustaining an organic farm.

University Experience:

All food and lodging accommodations are provided by BYU-Hawaii and all students will have the opportunity to experience a university tour during their stay.