Laupahoehoe students attend disaster readiness summit in Okinawa

Courtesy photo Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School students Gabriel Navalta, Royce Baun, Neil Phillip Navalta, Ariana Kayla Jabilona, Irish Marzan and Marriene Rose Jabilona with teacher Todd Otake, right, and Hawaii first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, center.
Pictured is a photo from the High School Students Islands Summit Nov. 7-8 in Okinawa, Japan. (Photo courtesy Consulate of Japan).

Last week, Gabriel Navalta got to shake hands, share ideas about tsunami preparedness — and even discuss common interests such as a love of volleyball — with students from a scattering of countries including China, Seychelles, Chile, Palau and Papua New Guinea.