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

2017 Fall Kick-Off Event 

Date: November 3, 2017
Time: 5-7pm
Location: 'Iolani School - 4th floor of the Sullivan Center

Hope you can join us for: Networking, breakout sessions with NGOs and non-profits, and a student panel about how to prepare for the conference and how to engage with a GIN Issue.

Tentative Agenda
5:00-5:15 – Arrival
5:15-5:30 – Ice Breaker Activity
5:30- 6:15 – Breakout sessions with NGOs and non-profits
6:15-6:45 – Student Panel about how to prepare for the conference/how to engage with a GIN Issue.
More information to come!

Lo'i Restoration 

Date: November 4, 2017 
Time: 8:00am
Location: Lo'i Kalo Park (Directions

For those of you who don't mind literally doing the dirty work to help make our city more vibrant naturally, culturally, and sustainably, let's build off the amazing momentum from the GIN Kick-Off event with a day of service restoring a lo'i in Kalihi on Saturday, November 4, 8:00am to 12:30.  Please join us with your fellow GIN members and anyone else who may be interested.  Together we can really make a difference in this truly significant effort.

If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail with a tentative number attending to Ally Kuwana

Event Flyer 


Past Events: 

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