Intensive English Program

Pau Merrie Monarch

Pau Merrie...

Aloha-! It’s Hikari:)

Merrie Monarch has finished without any problems!
All of team were awesome!!
I would like to introduce the First place of each categories!

Miss Aloha Hula 2017- Kelina Kiyoko Keʻanoʻilehua Tiffany Eldredge

First Place Kahiko (classic hula female)
Team Hi‘iakaināmakalehua

First Place Kahiko(classic hula male)
Team Kawaili‘ulā

First Place ‘Auana(modern hula female)
Team Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha‘e

First Place ‘Auana(modern hula male)
Team Hālau I Ka Wēkiu


By the way, I went to Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair last Thursday:)
I bought a lot of things there… now I’m broke(T0T)lol
I hope you guys had fun Merrie Monarch week!
And I got those Merrie Monarch pictures from here!
See you next week!




Aloha-! It’s Hikari:)

Merrie Monarch week has come finally!!
On 16th, Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration) has held at the the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Hula team from Japan and IEP students performed there! I was impressed:)!!

Today’s schedule is Free Mid-day Entertainment at Naniloa hotel(12pm) and hilo Hawaiian(1pm)! You can watch the performance for free!
And tomorrow, there is Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium!

If you have time, you should go look !
See you next week;)


Merrie Monarch!!!

Merrie Mon...

Aloha-! It’s Hikari:)

On April 16~22, There is the biggest hula event which is called “Merrie Monarch” here!!
I would like to inform you guys the schedule of the event;)

Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration)
9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 16th at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium. Free admission to watch performances by our local hālau.

Free Mid-day Entertainment
Daily (Monday through Friday) entertainment at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel (12 p.m.), and the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (1 p.m.).

Merrie Monarch Invitational Hawaiian Arts Fair
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 19th through Friday, April 21st, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22nd, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
An annual favorite, this free event features local artists, crafters, and entertainment.

Hōʻike Performances
6:00 pm, Wednesday, April 19th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. An exhibition night of hula and folk dance from around the Pacific. The performances are free to the public, no tickets required.

Miss Aloha Hula
6:00 pm, Thursday, April 20th at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Individual competition for the title of Miss Aloha Hula with contestants performing hula kahiko, hula ʻauana and oli (chanting).

Group Hula Kahiko
6:00 pm, Friday, April 21st at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform ancient style dances.

Group Hula ʻAuana & Awards
6:00 pm, Saturday, April 22nd at the Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. Hālau hula perform modern style dances with an awards presentation for all group winners.

Merrie Monarch Royal Parade
10:30 am, Saturday, April 22nd. One of the festival’s most entertaining and fun events for the entire family, the parade begins and ends at Pauahi St. and winds through downtown Hilo (Kilauea Ave. – Keawe St. – Waiānuenue Ave. – Kamehameha Ave.).

It’s good opportunity to watch professional hula performance in person!

Remarkably, IEP students and IEP graduated students will perform this year!! I’m proud of them:)

I’ll put link if you want to know more information about this event!

Merrie Monarch Festival 2017 Participating Hālau & Judges

And I got these fantastic photos from here 🙂

See you next week!

My Way to Improve English Skill

My Way to ...

Aloha-! It’s Hikari:)

Today, I’d like to introduce my way to improve English!

My first time to study abroad to Hawaii is in 2011. At the time I really did not know English.
I was scared of hanging out with local or native speaker, so I have always been with Japanese friends.
One day I went to the party including local and native speakers, and I had a wider circle of friends!!
After that, I came to spend time with local and native speakers, and my English skill have improved significantly!!

For me, everything that I hangout with them is study! like going shopping, watching movies, going to the beach.
You’ll study the vocabulary, how to use the word, and how to say this situation..etc, if you spend time with native speakers:)
That is the way I’ve improved my English skills!!

Malaho-! see ya next week;)


Wonderful places in Big Island Hilo to Visit

Wonderful ...

Aloha-! It’s Hikari!;)

Big Island has huge amount of rain in a year. Because of that, Hilo also has a lot of nature.
Unlike Oahu Island, Hilo has few places to hangout with your friends..
But! You have much time to hangout with Hilo’s nature instead of spending time to go shopping!!
Today, I’d like to introduce Hilo’s wonderful places;)

Here is Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is higher than Mt. Fuji! It used to be volcano, but now it is taking a nap for long time.

Remarkably, It snows on Mauna Kea in winter!!:0
Watching stars, sunset, and snow from Mauna Kea, it make you feel heartful.

The next place is Kilauea Volcano!
It is active volcano. I guess it is rare to watch lava for you guys.

And if you go Kalapana, you can see lava flow! That is awesome;)

These beautiful pictures are taken by Hawaii Forest&Trail, The Atlantic, Hawai’i Picture of the Day, and Flickr.


Okay! Spring II session has begun today! Please nice to meet you, new IEP students!!:)



What Should I bring from My Country for Study Abroad? Part2

What Shoul...

Aloha-! It’s Hikari!
I would like to continue introducing “What to bring for study abroad” part2!!

First, “Dictionary or Electronic dictionary”.
People who are going to be students should bring dictionary or electronic dictionary because some professor do not like to let student use their smartphone during class even though using for translating or looking for words’ definition. In some cases, the professor take your participation points out if you use your smartphone in class.(It’s me).
So, I recommend it.

Second, “Cosmetics and Sanitary goods”.
Some people have sensitive skin, so it’s better to utilize the goods you use as usual than buying the goods in Hawaii.


Last, “Sunscreen and Insect repellant spray”.
I think compare between your country and Hawaii, There is more a large quantity of UV in Hawaii than your country. We have to habituate ourselves to put sunscreen on our skin before going out!
And we have to do insect repellant spray too. Hawaii has plenty nature so obviously there are many different kinds of insect there. In order to prevent to get an infectious disease, we have to do it as well:)

Okay I’m going to wrap this up today!

See you next week;)


What Should I bring from My Country for Study Abroad?

What Shoul...

Aloha everyone! It’s Hikari!

Spring I has finished and IEP students are enjoying 2 weeks break now!

Today I’d like to tell you guys who are considering to study abroad about what you should bring from your home country.

First, “Medicine”. I guess It is totally different between your country and Hawaii, and especially Big Island that there is Volcano, so some people suffer from vog (volcano smog). You can buy medicine here, but if you do not really know about medicine here, I recommend to bring it from your home country.

Second, “Food from your country”. I think It is also different food culture between your country and Hawaii, and there are some food from foreign country in Hawaii, but it is very expensive compared to your country.

So, I recommend to bring it such as instant food product.(Please be careful to select food because of the Customs Service)


Last, “Your laptop”. Of course school has computers, but I think people who will enter college have to have your own laptop.

I will post vol.2 next time !!
See you later!


Spring I 2017 Graduation Party!!

Spring I 2...

Aloha everyone, it’s Hikari!!
Today is Spring I session’s Graduation Party!! Time flies!:0
Congratulations on your graduation, Momo and Shiho!!
Unfortunately, Shiho is going back to Japan after this session,
but I remember the moment I met her for the first time on the first day of the orientation.

One of good thing to study abroad is expanding the connection between your home country and foreign countries!!
Some students are going back to their home countries after this session too, but I believe that we will meet again;)

Even though some IEP students could not pass or graduate, but I’m sure that you guys have improved your English more than the last session, so please keep your confidence.

After 2 weeks break, Spring II session is going to be started! I’m already excited to see new IEP students!!;)

See ya next week,

4th Annual Hawai'i Community College Day

4th Annual...

Aloha, everyone!! This is Hikari;)

On Feb 24, there is a wonderful event which is “4th Annual Hawai’i Community College Day”!!
As shown the flier, the event is FREE and opened to the public,
so it is a good opportunity to get information of HCC for people who are considering to enter HCC.
Here is a link of that event, if you are interested in it, you can get more information there!:)

See you later!:D


About Studying English

About Stud...

Aloha everyone!!
I would like to share my opinion about studying English!

Everyone thinks each different way to improve English,
but I think remembering vocabulary is the most important in order to master English.

I am studying Hospitality at HCC, and when I open my textbook and read it, I am like “What is this?! What does that mean?!” and then I open a dictionary…. It repeats until finishing to read all.

But if I was a vocabulary master, everything (such as reading speed and understanding ) will be easier.
My current task is increasing the number of my vocabulary!

Let’s practice vocabulary, and be a vocabulary master!!!^^