During Spring Break, March 11-15, the cadets of the Carl Hayden JROTC program took a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. While there, the cadets toured the historic Iolani Palace (the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii) where they explored the history of early Hawaiian leadership beginning with Kamehameha III under the Kamehameha Dynasty and ending with Queen Liliʻuokalani. They also explored and, through hands-on activities, immersed themselves in Polynesian culture, enjoyed a Luau dinner, and watched the spectacular Ha Breath of Life show. The show was an awesome display of traditional dances from each of the six Polynesian islands that told the story of Mana and Lani. Finally, the cadets explored the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, where they discovered and learned through the interpretative exhibits about the attack on Pearl Harbor, learned about life on a submarine, saw the spot aboard the USS Missouri where the Japanese and Allied forces ended WWII, and learned about the history of aviation at the Aviation Museum of the Pacific. Yes, when they were not out exploring and discovering, the cadets were able to enjoy time shopping, working on their tan, and surfing.
Narrative by SFC Mark Ellison