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Scouts to witness, document Father Damien's canonization

Chris Nishijima Chris Nishijima
John Fielding John Fielding
Bishop Larry Silva Bishop Larry Silva
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona Lt. Governor Duke Aiona

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Oahu boy scouts are just a week away from going on a once in a lifetime educational adventure as they witness the canonization of Father Damien.

Nine Oahu boy scouts are heading to Belgium and Rome from October 1st through the 15th. Throughout their trip, the group will document the highlights of what they see and do. They'll be sharing their experiences by blogging and posting photos and videos online.

Chris Nishijima is one of the nine Oahu boy scouts chosen to embark on that special journey.

"I'm just glad that we have gotten this amazing opportunity, it's not everyday that people our age get to experience these big events," he said.

Planning for this trip only began about six months ago as scoutmaster John Fielding discussed it with his wife.

He noticed one important group of people was missing from those expected to make the trip

"We need to really involve our youth, we need to involve our children in these activities."

Fielding then took the idea to Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva and got his support.

"We hope that many more young people will see in this journey for them, an example of what they can do and how they can grow," Holy Trinity Church pastor, Father Gary Secor said.

For their efforts, Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona gave the scouts special awards on behalf of the state. He's also joining them on this trip.

"It really was much more than faith and spirit, that drove him, it was about him being a decent, kind human being," he said.

These scouts will not only witness history, they'll document it as well.

"I know why we were chosen, we were chosen because this is what we believe, this is our faith and this is our mission and we want to spread that to everyone," Nishijima said.

In preparation for the trip, the scouts have been studying various foreign languages, as well as journalism and video editing. They've also been holding numerous fundraisers. So for, they've raised $20,000. That's $8,000 short of their goal. To help them out, go to the link on this page.

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