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O'ahu, Hawai'i HS GCD Festival

April 19 - April 22, 2024

Global Citizen Diploma Schools (GCD) Festival.  This festival is connected to the GCD Common Ground Summit. More details TBC

Global Citizens Diploma website

Please note: This is a GCD and local schools festival only.

Festival Title:
E ala! E alu! E kuilima!
Up! Together! Join hands!


Artistic Information

Global Challenge and Area of learning
Tuning In – Tuning into our community and what our community needs

Cultural Experience
Participants will visit Kawainui Marsh, a RAMSAR wetland of international importance, which is situated less than 100 yards from Le Jardin Academy’s campus. The learning community at Le Jardin Academy regularly engages in restoration projects at both Kahanaiki and Nā Pōhaku O Hauwahine, two sites of ecological and cultural significance. Participants will have the opportunity to witness a traditional oli (chant), listen to kapuna (elders) tell the story of Hauwahine, the protector of Kawainui, and engage in restoration work to root themselves in the mindset of “tuning into community.” In Hawaii, community refers to both humans and non-humans and hana pono (good work) is what holds community together.

Story Text
The native Hawaiian story of Hauwahine, the guardian of Kawainui

Important Information

Venue address / Host Organisation
Le Jardin Academy, 917 Kalanianaole Highway Kailua, Hawaii 96734 United States

Venue website

The event starts at 3:00 pm on Friday, 19th April 2024
The event ends at 5:30 pm on Monday  22nd April 2024

Event Manager
Emily Grant

Registration is open.

All information must be submitted by 1st February 2024

Travel information is required as part of the registration process.

Please have travel details confirmed.

A late registration fee of GBP £200 will be charged for registrations not complete by this date. Please see this document for the information required to complete registration.

Booking and registration processes for festivals

Participants should arrive at the host school for registration by
3:00 pm on Thursday 18th April 2024.

Participants should not plan to leave the host school until after 5:30 pm on Monday 22nd April 2024

Please arrange travel accordingly.

Waitlist procedures

Once the maximum number of bookings has been reached the event will display “Waitlist“.
If this happens please email the Event Manager for the festival (listed under Important information on the event webpage) and ask to be added to the waiting list. Please provide the number of students and teachers you wish to reserve in your email.

Financial Information

Registration Fees

Student Learners
GBP £250

Educator Chaperones
Member: GBP £85

*Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt for all participants

For non-local participants (as needed)
Local Transportation (if staying at the hotel): GBP £10
Airport/Train Station Pick-up/Drop off: GBP £10

Total cost per student learner
Local member: GBP £260

Total cost per educator/chaperone
Local member: GBP £95

Please note

– Once you have submitted a booking form, you will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit invoice for 50% of the registration fees for the number of participants you have booked.

– Your place at the event will only be confirmed if we receive payment of your deposit within 21 days.

– You will be invoiced for the remaining 50% of registration fees and any applicable surcharges upon completion of the registration form.

– The remaining registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed. By then you should have submitted your registration form.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details of late registration/cancellation fees.

Travel and visas

All participants will arrive into Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Honolulu

For participants
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and securing visas for the event.


Homestay Model

Learners will stay with families from the host school community; there is no additional cost for this.

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights from 19th April 2024
Hotel Suggestion
Paradise Bay Hotel (~$200/nightly rate. Must be booked through LJA to receive rate)

Home stay for chaperones is also an option.


For hotel stay students and all adult chaperones
Please ensure you book breakfast at the hotel.

Lunch will be provided daily at the host school/venue.

Three evening meals will be provided at the host school/venue.

If a social meal is to be part of the festival schedule for adult chaperones and ISTA artists this is costed at approximately GBP £30 per person.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 19 April at 15:00
Finishes on Monday 22 April at 17:30
(Local Time)


Le Jardin Academy
917 Kalanianaole Highway
Kailua, Hawaii
United States


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