Academic WorldQuest Recap | Spring 2022

March 05, 2022

The Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) hosted the 19th annual Hawaiʻi Regional Academic WorldQuest Competition on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

The event was held in partnership with the CIFAL Honolulu Centre at Chaminade University of Honolulu and marked a return to in-person events for PAAC. Students from eight public, private, and charter schools from Oʻahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island competed.



Competition Results

Congratulations to Taarini Godbole, Abigail Jensen, and Beatrice Kim-Lee from Waiākea High School on winning the grand prize, which includes paid accommodations to represent Hawaiʻi at the national competition in Washington, D.C. this April. We are proud of this team and were happy to see them at all three of PAAC’s Hosted Study Days!

Second place was awarded to Rui Chen, Takeo Swallow, and Junle Yan from Kalani High School. Third place was awarded to Braden Lee, Timothy Ignacio, Rysen Hirata-Epstein, and Jake Peacock from ʻIolani School. We’d like to celebrate all participants for the hard work they put into preparing for WorldQuest!


“This competition has taught me the importance of being aware of what occurs locally, nationally, and globally.” -Maui High School


About WorldQuest

The Academic WorldQuest Competition is a nationwide international trivia competition organized by the World Affairs Council of America (WACA). Here in Hawaiʻi, the event is hosted by PAAC and sponsored by the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation.


This year, the competition covered six categories:

  • (1) Insecurity in China's Neighborhood
  • (2) 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
  • (3) Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
  • (4) CDC and the Global Health Agenda
  • (5) Where Climate and Migration Meet
  • (6) Current Events

Participating schools included: Farrington High School, Hawaii Technology Academy, ʻIolani School, Kalani High School, Kealakehe High School, Maui High School, St. Andrew's Schools, and Waiākea High School.


“I really liked going through the experience of a competition with a good friend. I feel like I'm more knowledgeable about pressing matters in our world.” -Hawaii Technology Academy.