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Okinawa cultural exchange

<p>HPA freshman Keanu Young learns a string trick from his new friends from Nago City, Okinawa. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

HPA freshman Keanu Young learns a string trick from his new friends from Nago City, Okinawa. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

<p>Japanese language students from HPA pose with students from Okinawa. The HPA students recently hosted the group from the Nago City Study Abroad Program. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

Japanese language students from HPA pose with students from Okinawa. The HPA students recently hosted the group from the Nago City Study Abroad Program. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Japanese language program recently hosted 12 students and three teachers from Nago City, Okinawa. Takeshi Hiruma, HPA Middle School Japanese language teacher, coordinated the visit.

The group was on the Big Island for three weeks as part of the Nago Study Abroad Program 2013. The Okinawan government, which sponsors the program, selected students from six junior high schools to participate in the English language learning program.

The Okinawan students shared information about Okinawa and the HPA students shared information about the Big Island. The group went on a scavenger hunt and played games. The visit ended with a lesson in Okinawan dance.