Aug 30, 2013

Okinawa Nursing Students Express Their Thanks

three origami cranesStudents from Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing end the Kauai leg of their Hawaii Study Tour tonight and head out to Oahu tomorrow morning.

At their farewell dinner last night, they taught everyone how to make origami crane, then they expressed their gratitude through hula taught by KCC's Pua Rossi and accompanied by her father, Mark Rossi. They sang two Japanese songs expressing gratitude for home and family, one a Japanese beloved song entitled "Furusato", the other a song by popular Okinawa group BEGIN that expresses "home" from an islander's perspective entitled "Shimanchu nu Takara". As a special thanks they presented their KCC teachers with personal notes of gratitude, and the following for the staff:

Aloha KCC Staff: Thank you so much for support this seminar. We could learn many things in Hawaii. This experience is valuable in my life. We don't forget to your kindness. It was a short period of time, but we got valuable experiences. When I go back to Okinawa, we want to familiarize the experience to Okinawan people. From Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing. 29, Aug. 2013

Although their time on Kauai was just a short two-weeks, they studied a lot and also gave back a lot to the community--visiting all three of Kauai's hospitals. Some of their activities were covered in The Garden Island:

Students get hands-on with plants - Local
East meets West - Local

Links to additional TGI articles are on our campus facebook.

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