Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the event be held?
UH West Oahu 91-1001 Farrington Hwy Kapolei, HI 96707
What is the date and time of the Onizuka Day of Exploration?
Saturday April 6, 2024. The event will start with an opening ceremony at 8:00 am. All Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to arrive in time for the opening ceremony. The booths, workshops, and exhibits will open at 9:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. That's 7 hours of non-stop fun and learning!
Does the event cost?
The event is FREE to the public.
Is the event Live?
Yes. The 2024 Onizuka Day of Exploration will be held live in-person at UH West Oahu 91-1001 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
What about transportation and parking?
There is ample FREE parking available, with designated accessible parking spaces for those who need it. We encourage carpooling whenever possible, particularly for groups, families, friends, or units. You may also park at any of the Rail Park n Ride stations beginning at the Stadium location and ride the Rail to the UH West Oahu station. The station is a 10 minute walk from the UH West Oahu Campus.
Is there bus service to the UH West Oʻahu campus?
TheBus serves the campus with its Route 40, which stops at UH West Oʻahu as it travels between Ala Moana Center and Mākaha Tower. TheBus also operates an express bus service mornings and evenings which serves UH West Oʻahu and includes stops at the Wahiawā, Mililani, and Waipahu transit centers.
Do I have to be a Scout to attend?
The event is FREE and open to the public, so you DO NOT have to be a scout to participate!
Can Troops camp overnight at the Onizuka Day of Exploration this year?
No, unfortunately, overnight camping is not permitted at this year's Onizuka Day of Exploration. We understand that camping adds an exciting element to such events, but this year we're keeping it to daytime activities only. However, we highly encourage troops and units to participate actively by setting up a booth! To grab your spot, just fill out the booth registration form. It's a great opportunity to engage, learn, and make the most of the event during the day. We appreciate your understanding and can't wait to see you there!
What types of special events may I expect?
At the 2024 Onizuka Day of Exploration, you'll find over 100 hands-on activities, workshops, and classes for all ages to enjoy. With a special focus on Hawaiian culture, sustainability, and career development, there's something for everyone to learn and discover. We have workshops on robotics, coding, renewable energy, and much more. There will also be a variety of interactive exhibits and displays, as well as live demonstrations and talks from experts in various fields. See the Special Events catalog for details.
Will there be a Pinewood Derby this year?
Yes. The championships will unfold in the spacious Hawaii Tokai International College Gymnasium, conveniently situated near the same front parking lot of UH West Oahu. This prime location ensures easy access for all participants and spectators, making your visit seamless and enjoyable. More information to follow.
Does the content or theme of our organizations booth need to be STEM related?
No. Although the spirit of Onizuka Day is STEM. We encourage all units to showcase their creativity and skills on any appropriate topic or subject.
Do You Have Any Booth Templates and Guides for Scout Units?
Welcome to the Onizuka Day of Exploration! We are excited to have you as part of this event and can't wait to see what you have in store for the visitors. Your interactive booth will provide an opportunity for visitors to engage and participate in hands-on activities that demonstrate the principles of scouting.

To create an engaging and interactive experience for visitors.
To showcase the skills and principles of scouting.
To provide a memorable and fun experience for visitors.

Make sure your booth is visually appealing and easy to navigate.
Provide hands-on activities or games that showcase the principles of scouting.
Use props, materials, and equipment that are safe for visitors.
Have a clear and concise explanation of each activity.
Provide opportunities for visitors to ask questions and learn more about scouting.
Encourage visitors to share their experience on social media with the event hashtag #onizukaday

Props and materials to create a visually appealing booth.
Equipment and supplies needed for each activity.
Signs and posters to explain each activity.
Handouts and materials for visitors to take with them.
What are some ideas for a STEM-themed interactive booth for school-aged children?

Build a bridge: Provide materials such as popsicle sticks, glue, and cardboard, and challenge children to build the strongest bridge they can. They can test their bridges by adding weight to see how much it can hold.

Robot race: Create a simple obstacle course and let children race their homemade robots made with materials like cardboard boxes, motors, and wheels.

Balloon-powered cars: Provide materials like cardboard, straws, and balloons, and challenge children to build a car powered by air pressure from a balloon.

Paper planes: Provide different types of paper and challenge children to make the longest-flying paper plane.

Jenga tower: Create a giant Jenga tower using foam blocks and challenge children to see how high they can build it before it falls.

Marshmallow structures: Provide marshmallows and toothpicks and challenge children to build the tallest structure they can.

Electric circuits: Provide materials like batteries, wires, and light bulbs, and challenge children to build a circuit that lights up a bulb.

Lego building challenge: Provide a variety of Lego bricks and challenge children to build the tallest, strongest, or most creative structure they can.
What are some websites that provide STEM activity Ideas for children ages K-12:
Here are some websites that provide STEM activities for children ages K-12:

Science Buddies (
NASA Kids' Club (
Little Bins for Little Hands ( ( (
Coder Kids (
National Geographic Kids (
Instructables (
Wonder Workshop (
EdSurge (

These websites offer a range of activities, including hands-on projects, experiments, coding challenges, and educational games.
Will there be helicopters again this year?
Yes. We are planning on them. As long as all things line up.
What should I bring?
For the Onizuka Day of Exploration, we recommend bringing the following items to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience: Comfortable Shoes: You'll be exploring both indoor and outdoor areas, so wear shoes that will keep you comfortable throughout the day. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated! There will be places to refill your bottle. Hat and Sunscreen: If you're sensitive to the sun, these are essential to protect yourself, especially during outdoor activities. Common Sense: Lastly, use your common sense. The event involves a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, so plan accordingly for the weather and ensure you're prepared for a day of adventure and learning.
What uniform should Scouts wear?
Bring both your Class A and Class B. WE asked that all Scout Units wear their Class A uniforms for the opening ceremony from 8:00am-9:00am. After 9:00am you may wear which ever uniform you choose. We highly encourage all Scout participants to purchase and wear the Official 2024 Onizuka Day of Exploration shirt to show solidarity.
Will there be food available to buy?
Yes, there will be a variety of food options available for purchase throughout the day. The cafeteria will be open, offering a selection of meals and beverages. Additionally, we will have food trucks stationed at the event, providing a range of cuisines and snacks to cater to different tastes. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a full meal, you'll find plenty of choices to satisfy your hunger.
Will there be a NASA Astronaut Talk?
Yes, we're excited to announce that there will be a talk by NASA astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg at Onizuka Day.
What time is the astronaut talk scheduled, and where will it be held?
The talk is scheduled for 10:00AM am in the ACM Academy of Creative Media Auditorium. Attendance is free and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
What is the seating arrangement for the astronaut talk?
The auditorium has 100 seats. Additionally, there is overflow seating available with a live screen on the outside lawn screen for attendees.
Who can attend the ODE event?
The ODE event is open to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, including their families. We offer a wide range of activities suitable for all ages.
What kinds of activities can we expect for different age groups?
Each age group has tailored activities. Younger children will enjoy interactive and sensory-based learning, middle schoolers will engage in collaborative projects and challenges, while high school students can expect career guidance, advanced workshops, and inspiring lectures. Family-centered activities are available to bring everyone together.
Is the event suitable for high school students?
Absolutely! We have a series of academic enrichment and career-oriented sessions designed specifically for high schoolers, providing valuable information about college and various career paths.
How long is the event, and should we attend the whole day?
The event is designed so that you can come and go as you please. You’re welcome to stay for the entire event or attend the sessions that interest you the most. Please refer to the schedule for session timings.
Are there accommodations for children with special needs?
Yes, we strive to be an inclusive event. Please contact us directly to discuss any accommodations your child may require.