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Onizuka Day of Exploration on April 6 at UH West Oʻahu.

Nearly 7,100 attendees participated in the 8th annual Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council on April 6, showcasing family-friendly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workshops and activities.

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This year’s event featured more than 100 interactive booths and exhibits with more than 40 workshops on robotics, coding, and renewable energy; live demonstrations; and talks from experts.

Attendees learned about Hawaiian culture through participating in immersive workshops about unique flora of the islands, engaging with ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in response to sustainability, learning how to play konane, a Hawaiian board game of strategy and reflection, and more.


Onizuka Day of Exploration chair Alim Shabazz said the event, which honors the legacy of Hawaiʻi-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, brought together an unprecedented array of attractions, combining the thrill of STEM with the essence of Hawaiian culture.

“The partnership between the Aloha Council and UH West Oʻahu is at the heart of this event,” Shabazz said, “underscoring our commitment to inspire and engage the community in the transformative power of STEM education.”

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