DK Kawewehi

dairius-kawewehiState/Country: Hawaii
Hometown: Ewa Beach
High School: James Campbell HS
College Plans: Purdue University
Major: Mechanical or Environmental Engineering
Professional Plans: Navy Officer and Engineering Officer
Interests: Biking, Movies, Music, Reading, Running, Traveling

Press Release
CHARLESTON, WV – July 21, 2012 – Dairius Kawewehi of James Campbell HS from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, represented Hawaii as a delegate to the 2012 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC). Kawewehi joined 119 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eleven other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 49th year. The NYSC, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and lead directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: global warming, genomic medicine, radio astronomy, and energy sustainability. Throughout camp, Directed Studies provided extensive hands-on experiences in specific fields. Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates chose from seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion, and culture.

Kawewehi said, “One of the hardest outdoor activities for me were the outdoor hiking. This is because many factors play a role, especially the nature itself. Other challengers were steering away from natural dangers and working well within the group to reach the destination and optimize morale.”

Kawewehi also included, “The NYSC is important because it has young adults realize the importance of science and technology, the interconnectedness of the field to the world, and excites the youth and opens the minds of people who attend the camp.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. For more information, please visit Click the photograph below to download a high resolution version suitable for publication.


Contact Information
Lynne D. Schwabe, Director of Development, (304) 997-4346

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387

Dairius Kawewehi, delegate from Hawaii, stands above the glow of an incandescent bulb, explores the different properties of light in a directed study, which also used that exploration in tandem with the learning of the history of science itself.