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Gabbard Meets with Academic Decathletes, Speaks to HCC Grads

May 19, 2014, 1:45 PM HST
* Updated May 19, 3:17 PM
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US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard paid a visit to the Big Island Friday to honor academic decathletes and to deliver the keynote speech for graduates of Hawaii Community College.

Gabbard met Friday with the members of Kamehameha School-Hawaii’s academic decathlon team which placed second last month behind Oakwood High School of Ohio in the national competition’s Division II.

Gabbard presented them with certificates from the US House of Representatives for their achievement.

She later spoke on leadership before the roughly 300 graduates at the Hawaii Community College’s annual commencement ceremony.

Gabbard posing with students from Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu School in Kauai. Courtesy photo.

Gabbard posing with students from Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu School in Kauai. Courtesy photo.

Gabbard’s Big Island visit included a stop at Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu School in Keaau, a public charter school where students, families, teachers and staff speak Hawaiian as the primary language.

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Students led the congresswoman on a tour of the campus and answered her questions regarding the challenges and opportunities that the Hawaiian emergent school and its students face.

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