Trip of a lifetime: Kahakai Elementary School students return from Japan

Kahakai students and teachers pose with Seisa founder and host Yasuo Miyazawa, front center. Contributed photo

Kahakai students Victoria Quiros, left, Margaret Leander and Tehya Kahoonei are immersed in Japanese culture and food through an exchange program in Tokyo.

Kahakai Elementary School exchange participants Sean Thornton, left, Emmanuella Rogers, Victoria Quiros, Barbra Kaimuloa-Bates, Kaylin Wehrsig, Tehya Kahoonei, Payton McCafferty, Margaret Leander, Cole Clark and Joseph Soderlund pose in costume in front of Mount Fuji in March. (Courtesy photos

KAILUA-KONA — Nine Kahakai Elementary School fifth-graders recently returned from a trip to Japan with stories, cultural appreciation, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.