|SENDAI IKUEI GAKUEN HIGH SCHOOL|
Foreign Language Course
Hawaii Homestay Program
Location：I-LION HAWAII SCHOOL 【Honolulu, Hawaii, USA】
Time period：April 25th〜July 8th
Participating Students：Juniors enrolled in the Foreign Language Course （24 girls）
I-Lion Hawaii School opened in October, 2010. Most recently, girls attending their 2nd year at Sendai Ikuei Gakuen’s Foreign Language course were sent to I-Lion Hawaii for a 2 and a half month English Immersion experience. While living with and being hosted by local Hawaiian families, the girls studied ESL, Social Studies（regional）, and Sports and Activities. This time, the program was conducted over two and a half months from April 25th to August 7th.
Additionally, there was the Island-style meeting. When they visited the Japanese Consulate, they were given the rare and propitious opportunity to meet and hear stories from astronaut Koichi Wakata. He told of his various missions and first-hand experiences on the space shuttle. The students were also invited to visit former Sumo Champion Mr. Konishiki’s home. He sang for them while they performed the hula dances they had learned at school for him. For these 11th grade girls it was like a ‘Dream Collaboration’! After meeting and speaking with Mr. Konishiki, the students exclaimed that they better understood meaning and importance of holding onto and pursuing ones dreams.
After returning home, the girls wrote essays about their experiences. Many of the essay themes included Pearl Harbor, Hula, Pidgin English, and 2nd generation Japanese. The girls displayed a strong appreciation for their 2 and a half month experience abroad. From their essays it is clear that their horizons and thinking had broadened, and their hearts forever touched.