Special to West Hawaii Today
More than 250 students from Kamehameha Schools along with Junior ROTC students from Hilo, Kealakehe and Konawaena high schools participated in a career day March 19 and 20 that was led by the staff from U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area.
Discussions included a variety of careers that are needed to support the operation of the base including cultural anthropologists, natural resource managers, engineers, electricians, plumbers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police. The students were provided an overview of the cultural and natural resources programs. They learned about threatened and endangered species and cultural sites of interest at Pohakuloa.
Also on display was military and fire fighting equipment. Pohakuloa Training Area firefighters discussed their career path and equipment as did the Marines who were training at the base.
Junior ROTC groups from Hilo, Kealakehe and Konawaena High Schools were among the students present at Pohakuloa and completed some of their annual leadership training.
“This is the first time that all three Junior ROTC groups from the Big Island have come together,” said Lt. Col. Charles Furtado, Junior ROTC advisor.