HILO, HAWAII -- Hilo High School JROTC has brought memorable smiles to our JROTC Cadet’s faces and challenged them to their very best. They are definitely community contributors here in our small town of Hilo, Hawaii.
Our program is under the lead of our Principal Mr. Robert Dircks and supported JROTC Staff, Senior Army Instructor, LTC (Ret.) Anthony Hafner, and myself SFC (Ret.) Ryan Taniguchi. We are one of three schools that have a JROTC program on the Big Island of Hawaii (the island with active volcano). We are separated from our major supported Director of Army Instruction Hawaii Multiple Schools Unit, JROTC on the Island of Oahu by 200 miles over sea. Our school’s estimated enrollment is about 1100 students, and a very diverse island culture here at Hilo High School.
Our program has flourished in recent years with Cadet participating events ranging from Drill competition, JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenges (JCLC), supporting and marching in community parades, supporting local sports event with Color Guard, extending our classroom learning into Service Projects with Special Olympics Hawaii, Physical fitness competitions “Raider”, Military Ball, Veterans and Memorial Day Ceremonies hosted by local civic organizations just to name a few. Overall we have measured the success of our program with the Cadets having gained a sense of purpose in their community and making a positive impact on others around them.
Included are photos of Hilo High School JROTC Cadets in action