Maria Cid

Middle schoolers travel thousands of miles for weeklong giveback in Hawai‘i, discover the Aloha spirit

Recently we surprised 12 West Oakland Middle School students with a seven-day trip to Hawai’i in partnership with STATE Bags. For many of them, it was for their first time on a plane—and for all of them, it was their first time to the Islands. From harvesting kalo to zip-lining through lush forests and diving in to so many immersive experiences, the students learned powerful ways to malama Hawaii and the beauty of friendship, community and culture.