Waiakea High Wins WorldQuest

December 01, 2018

The Academic WorldQuest Competition is a global trivia competition where high school students test their knowledge of international and global topics such as politics, geography, economics and current issues. 225 students from 29 schools competed in the 2018 competition. 


The competition was held simultaneously at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Maui High School, Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona, and Waiakea High School in Hilo.


2018 Competition Categories:
* How to Deal with North Korea
* Space Policy
* The Global Migration & Refugee Crisis
* Japan-U.S. Relations
* The World Trade Organization
* Current Events


This competition and grand prize is generously sponsored by the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation.  Mahalo to our emcee Ms. Suevon Lee of Honolulu Civil Beat, and our competition judges, Dr. Loreta Chen and Vice-Consul of Japan Yuko Miyazaki.

Congratulations to the winning team: Kevin Li, Gaayatri Godbole, Haruna Tomono, and Benjamin Vento from Waiakea High School. They will compete in April 2019 in the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Academic WorldQuest Competition in Washington D.C.

Second Place: Kealakehe High School
Third Place: Farrington High School 

Student Voices
“I learned that there is a lot that goes on in the world that we may not hear about on a day to day basis. This inspired me to put more attention into news and where I get my info from.”

“I learned the importance of keeping up with the events that transpired around the globe. As a citizen of the world, we all have a responsibility to better it— and the only way to do that is to be aware of global issues.”

See more pictures from the 2018 Hawai'i WorldQuest Competition in our Gallery.