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STUDENT GROUP PLANS EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF HAWAII.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer

About 60 students from the New Vista Middle School ecology club will embark on a seven-day Hawaiian science adventure on ``the Big Island'' of Hawaii to learn about fragile ecosystems.

Financed by donations and fund-raisers, the April 27-May 3 trip will let the youngsters study geology, astronomy, oceanography and the cultural anthropology of Hawaii.

``I'm looking forward to the volcanoes and going underwater because I can't wait to see the different varieties of animals and see how clear the water is compared to our water,'' said Alex Chin, a seventh-grader.

Named Earth's Tiger Team after the school mascot, the club formed in August and has held three meetings so far, said Dyllana Anderson, club adviser and eighth-grade science teacher. The club has about 70 members.

The trip will cap a year of learning about the Earth's ecosystems and the people's effect on it, Anderson said.

``As seventh- and eighth-graders, we can make a difference,'' Anderson said of her students.

Activities performed by the club this year include trash pickup and pulling weeds around the school and making volcano models out of paper, Anderson said.

The trip will cost $1,379 per student and $1,589 per adult, all to be paid for by fund-raisers and donations.

The club is holding one major fund-raiser, accepting $20 donations for a chance to win a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle donated by a local car dealership. The drawing is scheduled to be held Nov. 21. The school can be contacted for more information on the fund-raiser.

Students going on the trip will be required to attend 80 percent of all regular club meetings, participate in 50 percent of all extra events and fund-raisers, have no lower than a C citizenship grade and no more than three written behavior warnings from the club adviser.

The trip's itinerary includes a visit to Volcanoes National Park, where students will view a crater and lava field, and walk through a lava tube.

Students also will hike through a tropical rain forest to Akaka Falls, go on a cross-island sightseeing tour from Hilo to Kailua-Kona, go snorkeling, visit a natural energy laboratory and aquaculture facility, go humpback whale and spinner dolphin watching, and see the Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center, named after a Hawaiian astronaut killed in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster.

Seventh-grader Eddie Mayer said he is looking forward to the volcanoes, lava flows, scuba diving and the space center.

``I think its going to be really great,'' Mayer said.

Arissia Blanton, 12, said she also was eager to see the volcanoes because ``I learned so much about it. It seems so interesting.''

Chin said a visit to a luau might be entertaining.

``I think it will be fun dancing around and eating,'' he said.
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