ONIZUKA DAY OF EXPLORATION

The sixth annual Onizuka Day of Exploration (ODE) will be held on Saturday, April 23. This year ODE will be both virtual and in-person. Scout units on Oahu are invited to attend in person or virtually if not able to attend in person. There are many fun and exciting events planned.

Formerly known as Scout Makahiki, this is the longest continually running Scout event in the country. This will be the 111th year for the Scout Makahiki – now called Onizuka Day of Exploration. ODE is Hawaii’s largest and most exciting family-friendly STEM event. ODE honors the legacy and memory of Eagle Scout and Astronaut Ellison Onizuka.

This year Aloha Council is partnering with the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum for the in-person event. Both the museum and nearby hangers with historic aircraft will be available for viewing for a nominal charge.

Information For complete information about ODE visit https://onizukaday.com/ Registration All attendees, whether in-person or virtual must register in advance. The website for registration is https://onizukaday.com/. See the Register Now button, or go to the Participation tab.

Transportation and Access The location of the event will be outside the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on Ford Island which is on a military facility. For those who have DOD identification you will be allowed to drive on the base and bring passengers with you. Carpooling with someone in your group who has DOD identification is strongly encouraged.

If your group does not have someone with DOD identification, you can take the free shuttle service from the Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. This is the same shuttle bus service that is used to transport visitors to the USS Missouri and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Limited parking is available at the Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center for ODE participants. It is very likely that the parking lot will be full by 9:00 am. After turning right on the road in front of the parking lots, turn left into the second driveway.

If you want to park and take the shuttle we strongly recommend that you arrive no later than 8:00 am. For Scouts and Scouters that want to attend the opening ceremony, you should plan to arrive by 7:00. The shuttle service will begin at 7:00 am and continue until 5:30 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: passengers on the shuttle bus will not be allowed to bring packs, bags, and other personal items on to the base due to security issues. Water bottles are allowed. There is no restriction on personal items for vehicles driving on base with DOD identification.

For complete information on the security policies, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/perl/planyourvisit/safety.htm. A portion of this page states “Bags that offer concealment, such as purses, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage, etc. that exceed the measurements of 1.5" X 2.25" X 5.5," are not allowed.

For security, If you are taking the shuttle, plan to leave your packs and bags at home. If you do bring valuable items with you, there is a storage locker facility at the Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center where you can store items for a $6.00 charge.

After parking, proceed through the front entrance and security screening at the Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center. Once inside, turn to your right and follow the signs to the shuttle loading area. There are restrooms available from both outside and inside the Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center entrance.

Note: masks are required on the shuttle bus. We recommend that you bring a mask with you, and if you don’t have one with you, you will be given a free one at the entrance to the shuttle loading area.

Special Events Special events will include a presentation and workshop by NASA space flight astronaut Dr. Michael Reed Barratt, an “open cockpit” opportunity to see and get inside selected historic aircraft at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, an opportunity to fold flags that were flown at the Arizona Memorial, a cow eye dissection workshop, a VEX Robotics competition, the Pinewood Derby Championship, Aviation Merit Badge classes, military exhibits, and much more! Some of the workshops and activities will be streamed live through the virtual platform.

To register for the Aviation Merit Badge Class, visit https://onizukaday.com/pages/aviation-merit-badge-at-ode

For information on how to register for the Cow Eye Dissection, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cow-eye-dissection-at-onizuka-day-of-exploration-saturday-april-23rd-at-2pm-tickets-322965828487?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

For information about the Pinewood Derby Championship, visit https://www.scoutinghawaii.org/content/101352/Oahu-Pinewood-Derby-Championship?mc_cid=15b4b4e92f&mc_eid=b5cfe0dbba

Activity Booths More than 60 booths will have activities presented by Scouts BSA troops, Cub Scout Packs and community organizations. A few of the activities include launching compressed air rockets, making ice cream, a knot tying competition, fishing and casting activity, cork shooting, making airplane gliders, forensic science activity, and much more.

Cost There is no charge to attend ODE. It is free and open to the public. There is a cost of $10 per person to visit the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and the historic aircraft hanger.

Hours Opening ceremony will start at 8:00 am. All Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to arrive in time for the opening ceremony. The booths and exhibits will open at 9:00 am and close at 3:00 pm. The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and historic aircraft hangar will be open until 5:00 pm.

Food and Refreshments Food and drinks will be available at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum café. Drinks and other refreshments will be available at various locations around the event. Preordering meals is highly recommended so that you don’t have to wait in line to get lunch. To preorder a meal, visit https://onizukaday.com/ and scroll down to the middle of the page.

Merchandise and Memorabilia To order Onizuka Day merchandise and memorabilia, visit https://onizukaday.com/collections/all or https://onizukaday.com/ and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Be Prepared The event will be outside. Please make sure you are prepared for sun, rain and wind.

Please forward this important information to Scouts, Scout leaders and families. If you have questions or need additional information, email info@onizukaday.com

See you there!

Alim Shabazz, Will Hartzell, Eric Chow, Evelyn Kauhola and the ODE event team.