GIN Mission: To empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally, and globally in order to create Project based sustainable solutions for global issues.

Upcoming Events

2018 Global Issues Network Conference

Ka Po'aiapuni Wai (The Water Cycle)

Date: March 9-11, 2018

Location: Le Jardin Academy - Kailua, Hawai'i 

Cost: $35.00 Per Person

Registration Is Now Open


Tentative Conference Agenda 

This GIN conference is structured as an 2-night campout. If you would not like to camp overnight, you can specify so in the registration.

Friday, March 9
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Check-in & Set up Camp
5:00 - 5:30 pm - Team Ice-breakers
5:30 - 6:15 pm - Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker
6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker
7:15 pm - Concert & Dinner
8:30 pm - Night Games & Campfire
10:00 pm - Lights Out
Saturday, March 10
7:30 - 8:00 am - Wake-up 
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:15 am - Break
9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Service Trips
1:00 pm - Return from Service Trips
1:00 - 1:30 pm - Free Time & Refreshments
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Workshops & Breakout Sessions Round #1
3:00-3:30 pm - Break
3:30 pm - Workshops & Breakout Sessions Round #2
5:00 pm - Break
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Film Showing: Chasing Coral & Panel of Specialists
8:30 pm - Campfire & Social Time
10:00 pm - Lights Out
Sunday, March 11
7:30 - 8:00 am - Wake-up & Pack-up
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am - Workshops & Breakout Sessions Round #3
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Closing Ceremony & Appreciations
12:30 pm - Pick-up

Breakout Sessions

Ocean Health
Work with marine biologists to learn about threats to ocean systems.
Water Security and Resource Use
Learn about the importance of water in indigenous cultures & how water sources have been exploited, polluted, and neglected.
Plastic Waste
Work with experts to build your own plastic free initiative.
Poverty in Hawai'i
Analyze causes of poverty and discuss solutions to address the issue on a local scale.
Restoring Native Species
Become familiar with both native and invasive species in Hawaii & ways to increase biodiversity.
Sustainable Urbanization
Study pre-existing sustainable school and home models & design plans to implement in your own community.
Food Waste &Sustainable Diets 
Learn about food waste management systems, how diet impacts the environment, and design a food management system for your community. 
Climate Change
Analyze the issue and its negative effects and brainstorm local solutions.
Investigate global education systems & ways to make learning more available and invigorating to students.
Global Health Care
Learn about global health care access, epidemics, treatments, and methods for improvement.

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the students at Le Jardin Academy 


Past Events: 

Lo'i Restoration 

Date: November 4, 2017 
Time: 8:00am
Location: Lo'i Kalo Park  
Students from GIN spent time helping to make our city more vibrant naturally, culturally, and sustainably,by restoring a lo'i in Kalihi on Saturday, November 4, 8:00am to 12:30. Together they made a difference in this truly significant effort.

GIN Hawai'i Conference Information and Updates

Click here to access the student films that were shown at the GIN Conference on February 24 and 25, 2017 

Date: Friday, February 24 - Saturday, February 25, 2017
Tentative Times: Friday 4:30-8:30pm & Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: 'Iolani School's Sullivan Center
GIN Conference Schedule 

Friday, February 24

4:30 - Registration

5:00 - Welcome 

5:30 - Icebreakers

5:50 - Keynote Speaker: Ted Dintersmith 

6:40 - Dinner & Activities

8:30 - Closing 


Saturday, February 25

9:00 - Check In & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - Morning Activity

10:00 - Brief Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Josh Cooper

11:00 - Breakout 1

11:45 - Networking

12:00 - Lunch 

12:30 - NGO Fair & Creative Submissions

1:30 - Breakout 2

2:30 - Dance Party & Ice Cream Social

3:00 - Thank You’s/Closing


Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session 1 

“Razia’s Ray of Hope”
Explore what privilege means through interactive experiences and how we can help girls in Afghanistan through the
NGO Razia’s Ray of Hope.
Hear from Molokaʻi students who are conducting research on mosquito­borne illnesses and finding effective methods
of reducing mosquito populations, and learn about a little known species, ʻopeʻapeʻa, the Hawaiian hoary bat.
“Natural Disasters”
Hear from students who created disaster preparation plans for their school in the case of a tsunami, hurricane,
earthquake, or fire, and learn how you can create plans for your school and family.
“Food Waste”
Globally, we waste enough food to feed the world’s 870 million hungry. Through hands­on activities, learn about the
issue of food waste in Hawaiʻi, nationally and globally, and what you can do to become a part of the solution.
“Water Security and Indigenous Rights”
Water, one of our most vital resources, is constantly being sacrificed for money and greed. Learn about what students are doing to get involved with the Dakota Access pipeline issue and explore specific types of activism you can engage in to protect what is important.
“Emigration/Global Issues”
Learn about a student’s experience on becoming passionate about global issues, particularly with the focus on reducing the need for emigration. Consider your own interests and ideas, and participate in an activity to find out what motivates you and how you can make a meaningful difference and change the world.
“Syrian Refugees”
Learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis, the implementation of a school action project, and a drive to help raise
awareness and collect supplies to send to refugee camps in Greece.
“Red Hill Fuel Storage Tanks”
Explore the current environmental issue(s) regarding Red Hill, the potential environmental impacts of the leakage of old fuel containers, and how you can get involved.
Breakout Session 2
“Digital Divide”
Learn about what the Digital Divide means for different groups, explore useful curriculum and resources, and become
involved with projects in your local area.
“Single­Use Plastics: Climate Change/Marine Life”
Get first­hand feedback from a school that implemented a plastic waste management system, and their potential plans
for extending the movement into their surrounding community.
“Education for All”
Learn more about the rights to education of children with physical disabilities in Zimbabwe.
“Domestic Violence”
Help raise awareness for domestic violence as both a local and global issue by learning about the pervasiveness and
dangers of such situations, how to recognize the signs, and what to do.
“Mental Health/Eating Disorders”
Gain a better understanding of eating disorders, other mental illnesses, and the stigma that surrounds them, and be
inspired to take action.
“Coral Reef Bleaching”
Learn more about climate change and the impact on coral reefs.
“A lesson in Plastic Pollution & Student Activism”
A focus on taking action to reduce single­use plastics, how to eliminate them in your community, and ways to repurpose or creatively upcycle single­use plastics to help fundraise for non­plastic alternatives. 

Mahalo nui loa to the following sponsors who helped make this event possible: 


2016-17 Global Issues Network Kick Off Event (Tuesday, September 27)

The 2016-17 Global Issues Network (GIN) Kick-Off event took place on Tuesday, September 27 and was attended by approximately 70 students and 30 educators, from 13 schools. A big mahalo to Family Promise, Opterra Energy, 'Olelo, Pacific Gateway Center and the Sierra Club for connecting with the GIN students and sharing their expertise. A very special thanks to the Pacific Buddhist Academy and their students for the warm reception and for hosting the event!
"Thanks again to the organizers for having us at the GIN event last week. Our students were definitely energized by being among many like-minded peers who are undertaking projects in their own communities. And with such a small student body, it's great to make any kind of connections!"
Matthew Manley, High School Humanities, Asia Pacific International School, Hawai'i


What is GIN? 

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GIN is open to all schools with a high school. Schools that go through 8th grade may form a team of 8th graders. 

Get Your School Involved:

1. Visit to learn about GIN
2. Identify a GIN faculty rep. HAIS will work with the rep on starting a GIN Club
3. Email Deanna D'Olier to request the GIN Participation Form
4. Once the GIN club is established, identify the 2-3 GIN student reps who will help plan the first GIN Conference
5. Attend GIN Events 

For more information on GIN, click here