The Adventure Scouts Hawaii

Currently planning the community center! Thank you for your patience.

We hope to bring the community together, with the land in a more sustainable way. To educate, inspire, and create a better future together through workshops featuring art, scouting and science/agriculture in a safe and unique space that is being brainstormed presently. 

Friends of Adventure Events: 


Reduced public schedule due to administrative education/tasks.

Thank you for your patience as we take the time to learn more about grant writing, and explore grant options beyond Patreon < (which we love as an option! Thank you for supporting us there!), brainstorm our community center plans to submit with our 501 application, and work on our 501 paperwork in general. Thank you for everyone who helped meet our 501 fee goal or who has helped in other ways, all our volunteers, families, and participants have enriched us with shared time, equipment, snacks, and positive energy, we appreciate all the support no matter the route and hope to be back offering more workshops as soon as we can make significant progress on our federal application process.

Again we thank you for your patience, as we restructure to become more professional, and more grounded in a clear and shared mission to build an organic learning garden/safe space community center; which will make hosting our public events easier for our staff, and hopefully also inspiring and relaxing for all our community members to come and enjoy being uplifted by nature and one another.

Thursdays/Select Fridays Garden Club 3-5PM Rotating Locations. Email to get updates Subject: Garden Club.

Thank you to our hosts for the summer at the Hawaii County RC Aviation Club, they are available to join suggested starting age 11 (but possible from 8+) requiring AMA insurance and club membership to the airfield. It was inspiring for us to visit and enjoy learning about the airfield/aviation, a huge thank you to Hansen, Scott, Kevin, Payton and Richard. Any parents/children who are interested can can contact Hansen Tsang by email to to inquire how to set up insurance or club membership. We enjoyed our three visits to the airfield, but the dexterity/focus required for the hobby is better enjoyed by older children than most of our participants, so membership is open to join the airfield for those interested, rather than run a co-op project. Thanks again to everyone who helped host us during our visits!

Personal Update from Sakura: My broken foot is mending well, yet still broken beyond teaching classes and farm school is going well, we will be offering a Go Farm Hawaii CSA for school, but beyond that we are building farm space at our homes to continue the a CSA which we hope will be successful in connecting better quality food to the people around us, helping to restore the natural connection of the people to the land around us so we are not completely dependent on a global food chain in the times it doesn't serve us/make sense for our environment, and ideally driving the funds needed to help build the community center as well (fingers crossed).

Thanks again for your patience as we enter a new chapter in our organization, and build our professional skill set in a new way, even as we head in the direction of our original goals/dreams.

Aloha from all the staff.


Climbing 101 Learn the Belay

This is the type of belay equipment we are starting to use, please familiarize yourself with this technique.

It Takes a Village to Build a Shire

This 'Hobbit'-inspired tiny home village has already made $120k on Airbnb, our future growth and financial plan is to have both a playground/learning lab/scout community center and mini farm, but also an adjacent Tiny Home Village which can fund our other projects. Our timeline is to finish our federal paperwork this year, seek grants to get property within five years, and build our first areas within ten years.

Kūlia  - Celebrate Failure to Strive for the Summit

(Thank you Russell Brunson)

Some of us have kids that are overly hard on themselves over little learning mistakes, as someone who was a perfectionist for a long time I find the search for perfection will get in the way of excellence or life balance too often. I'm hoping we can become a community that embraces failure and the Growth Mindset (Kūlia, Kazien, Kung Fu). It's not enough to tell kids it's okay to fail, we have to show them we embrace our own failures, because they will mostly do as we do, not as we say. Usually I don't make any parenting recommendations, but in this, I believe would be good for all of us to stand together, because it's going against the tradition of penalizing learning errors that has stood in place for so long. John Holt wrote a helpful book about it called "Learning All the Time" he describes how to deal with mistakes, there is essentially "that's right" and "good try" that's wrong, you didn't get it right, there is "this is hard, would you like to work on it together" you can't do it, you are wrong... John Holt wrote this book after a life time of teaching and condensed his life's work into it, since then John Medina has done neuroscience that provides evidence of why John Holt's findings are true. 

Two famous poems come to mind describing the Growth Mindset, one Theodore Roosevelt's speech "The Man In the Arena" and also "Invictus" by Ernest Henley.

Any suggestions and examples about what we can do as parents to show that we (really) celebrate failure are welcome I will compile them eventually into an article for our Patreon subscribers. Our Patreon account is fully working so if you do run into people who want to support us that is a good way with a $1 and $10 level so kids can donate if they want to be involved (but of course it's not required).

"In the Arena"

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

(Thank you Gavin Aung Than)


Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.

- Ernest Henley

Knot That Again

This Japanese Square Lashing is a nice way to bind two poles, it is very helpful for garden purposes and even though a little trickier I prefer it to the standard square lashing because it looks intentional and can be left in place with a certain amount of elegance the square lashing lacks. Video tutorial.

Using a Square Lashing you can bind together a handsome Scout Frame for your favorite scout photos and ribbons. This frame was made by Eugene in Texas who sells wood art as "DriftwoodCraftEugene" on Etsy.

Once you know the Japanese Square Lashing you can use it for a kid's fence, a garden fence or a scout perimeter fence, it kind of disappears into the scenery and you can add style by choosing either disappearing or contrasting twine/rope colors. "Anne of All Trades" shows how to use this lashing for a tomato cage.

Tota World History: " is dedicated to sharing cultural knowledge and engaging experiences to create a more connected and respectful world." 

I've found this to be a good learning resource for social studies and world history, because it allows a certain level of exploration and searching that is engaging. When I wanted to reference it I realized it was hard to find so I wanted to share it here for those interested.

Email to add quotes for January.

Scoutdance Film Making Challenge

Watch this video to get some ideas about story boarding, then complete at least one page of story boarding and shoot your raw footage. You can have a helper to help with video editing to add effects, backgrounds or music or compose your own original songs to go with your movie.

This is a good example of a short film that tells a story and takes the viewer on an emotional ride in just a few minutes.

Math Decathlon First Round - Addition, Multiplication, Fractions

Speaking of pizza, the best pizza dough recipe I've tried. 🍕 

And the best blueberry muffin recipe. 🔵

Neuroscience Basics for Anxiety

Lately, in my family, we have been dealing with spelling anxiety, this is a little video about how the brain works that I felt was helpful with my family when my child is struggling with anxiety related to self-doubt. 

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Summer Camping 

Voting Closed > Adventure Badge

Votes are In!

The Adventure Badge is for the scout who shows the most outstanding leadership and/or helpfulness and/or kindness to others during the trip or in other ways demonstrates living by their personal values.

With the camping trip now over, scouts who attended are asked to vote on who should receive this trip's Adventure Badge.

One Drop of Seawater - Microbiology Spotlight

We all know pond water is teeming with life, but the ocean water is full of life as well, this photo is "a real seawater drop magnified 25x, showing bacteria, larvae, zooplankton & worms." * 

Baking with Yeast - Microbiology Spotlight

Yeast are one of the most approachable microbiology bridges, watching the foam rise on properly activated yeast (in warm milk or water) is a good starting off point to explain there really is small life we can't see, such as the germs we brush off our teeth, or in the ocean water, thus hand washing and teeth brushing are actually to get extra small life off our bodies when we have too much... 

Computers 101

What are they? Where did they come from? How do they work?

A pretty fun introduction with a good history of computer and overview of what coding is.

Internet Safety for Kids 

A great starter for all kids using the internet independently.

Cyber Security 101

A short intro to cyber security for older kids and link to related games.

Summer Coding Camp Challenge


You can learn coding at home at any age with these fun songs that break down the core concepts:

Younger Learners: If you can use a mouse you can learn coding with Lego's BitsNBricks it moves a robot on a maze using loops and movement commands.

Mid Level Learners: Grasshopper is fun for students that can read, it's available on mobile or desktop and teaches Java instead of just block coding.

Older Learners: Udacity offers a free Python course, Python is the main game creation language right now. The Python course relies on somewhat difficult math, so it is rather challenging but not impossible. I am most the way through this course right now. : Attempts to have courses for all levels, but I haven't been through the courses yet.

Java makes up 80% of the internet, Python is the biggest game language and block coding is a good start to learning other languages from, Python relies heavily on typing and advanced math, Java is much less typing and intermediate math and block coding is made for people who don't type or read to be able to practice.

I'm sure we will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the summer, not sure if rewards will be in Robux or cash or how much they will be yet, but any curriculum or book choices will be added up by points to decide the winners. 

Environmental Challenge

5 Available!

Get Your Climate Awareness and Action Badge

Make a presentation or project with your own idea for climate action in our area or ideas about how to help our Earth. 

Presentations can be in "Ted Talk Style" or "Science Project Style," your choice.

Group projects are encouraged.

Music Challenge 

Try a prodigies music lesson from home, they have singing, ukulele, piano, and more.

Via either Youtube Playlist or Website-App

Join us for music lessons or watch at home, from Rob Young another Hawaiian Educator!

Join Us for Music Lessons with Prodiges Online or App DETAILS HERE

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Chapter 1 General Music, Piano Start, Playtime for Younger Kids1 + , Totigies for Babies 0 + . Baby Shark.

Japanese Sing Along

Check out the app and website, lots of free videos on Youtube.

Science for all. Learning for all. Fun for all. 

Join us at Onekahakaha for our   "It's About Tide Challenge"

Interactive Tide Chart for Onekahakaha

 Challenge Your Science Knowledge online! Four Levels Available.

Interactive Star Chart for Hilo, Hawaii

Explore more science and math challenges on the science page and math pages.

     Science Fair: Final Results

Thank you all so much for your creativity, ingenuity, and execution  and for taking the time to vote fairly for your favorites! Your videos are now in the Science Challenge page and other pictures are on the News or Events Page.


Adventure Scout Spring Challenge: Spot a whale! 


Whales are here at Onekahakaha! They will keep migrating through in high amounts until the end of spring. Get your whale badge if you spot them (four remaining, nice job Scout 001, 005, and 006!). Thanks to "an" Angel for this great video.

UPDATE: There seem to be fewer whales passing through now, but I noticed more turtles, are turtles a sign of late spring or just a fluke? Do you notice any other animals returning or leaving the area this spring?

Thank You to Our Parents/Grand Parents/Volunteers

for Help - Supplies - Love and Support! 

Thank you to our helpful volunteer support!

Farm Together Program Coordinator

Angel Escaldero

Better Communication Advisor

Elizabeth Huges

Theatre Arts Founder Gabriella Honeybud

Current Directors

Vice President, Gymnastics Instructor, Scout Director 

Kimberly Ciarleglio

Secretary and Science Director

Jennifer Bade

Martial Arts Instructor, Treasurer and Technical Director

Sakura Mendoza

President, Art and Sustainable Agriculture Director

 Monique Gibbons

Onekahakaha Beach

Our usual Wednesday Science Challenge and Math Challenge Location.

Our Volcano Community Garden

Under repair, this is where we grow plant starts and have a small free seed bank hoping. 

Want to post your event pictures, artwork, event photos/video here (anonymously no names posted - nicknames ok) or post a recognition for someone in our group? Suggest new science, math, scouting, or art challenges? 

If so please email your media or suggestions to: