Aloha Olympians and Olympiad Families!

We are less than a day and a half away from the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 International History Olympiad here in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! In contrast with my last few emails, this one’s pretty short, as by now, almost all of the important reminders have been sent out. Having said that, here’s the latest news:

1. Location of Opening Ceremony / Where and When Students Should Report

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 International History Olympiad will take place at 9am on Monday morning, July 18, in Kuykendall Auditorium. Please see the campus map for where Kuykendall is! If you are parking in the parking structure, please arrive there by 8:15 (Honolulu traffic can be quite bad, so allow for extra time), as that will give you enough time to park and walk over.
However, all students must meet right outside Frear Hall at 8:20 – NOT at Kuykendall! We’ll then walk over together. Parents and other family members should go to Frear Hall directly.
Room assignments for the Battery as well as the Historical Geography Prelims will be available by late tomorrow evening. You can check these on the 9th floor of Frear near the headquarters room (925), though we will also go over them at the Opening Ceremony.

2. Check in time and location

While you can get your meal card and room key at any time, tomorrow (i.e. Sunday), you will only get access to your room from 2pm onwards unless you are willing to pay an extra $25. You’ll need to check in with us at our desk in the lobby of Frear after 2pm too to let us know you’re hear, but you can also just email us at to let us know you’ve arrived. Either way, though, we need to know you’ve made it to Honolulu (or otherwise, if you’re having travel trouble). Students who are staying off campus are welcome to pick up their meal card from early Monday (i.e. from 7am onwards) in the lobby of Frear.

3. Things to do Sunday

Depending on staff availability, some ad hoc activities may be arranged tomorrow. However, our main priority is getting everyone at the airport and getting set for the week (when we have over 40 planned activities…). We should have buzzers available to practice with though.

4. Health and HMH Forms
By now, Nolwenn should have been in touch with you if you haven’t yet submitted your medical form. And if you haven’t, please send it to as soon as possible, unless you’re planning on bringing it in person! Also, a reminder to submit signed HMH release forms too.
5. Ukulele Lesson Sign Ups
A solid number of students signed up for the ukulele lessons, but Nolwenn’s been trying to get in touch with you if you did to make sure you purchased a ukulele. At this point, we’ve gone out and have paid for and hired someone to give lessons, so if you signed up for this, we need you to take part. Please contact Nolwenn to confirm how you’ll be getting your ukulele (note that she is eager and willing to help you with this).

Following the Olympiad online and on Social Media
Our press corps will be adding to this during the week, but for now, you can follow the Olympiad online on our Facebook page here
And for Twitter, check out @HistoryOlympiad
And for updated results, check out the medals table and full results at:
7. Reminder for Sign Ups for Parents & Family Members & Post Olympiad Tournaments
We’ve received a number of sign ups for parents and family members interested in competing in the Battery, the History Bee, and other events – just a reminder that if you wish to do the Battery, History Bee, Bird Watching Walk, Ukulele Lesson, Hula Lesson, Exchange Student Talk, Election Talk, or either of the two Post Olympiad tournaments, please email me as soon as possible!
8. Borrowing Laptops
If you need to borrow a laptop to compete in the competition, that will be possible. If you wish to borrow a laptop to study from, a limited number will be available on the same basis as borrowing library books, but you may need to return these if they are needed for the Civilization tournament.

9. Last word and Where to get Further Updates (i.e. Outside the HQ Room – 925)
That’s all I got! Safe travels, and we’ll see you here soon! Further updates will be sent out on an as needed basis during the week, but for now, most of the information you’ll need will be available on the 9th Floor of Frear. For questions, continue to email or call +1 202 569 9400