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HIKI NŌ - Focus On Local Businesses | Program
Thursday, August 21, 7:30 pm
This episode, hosted by HIKI NŌ graduate Shisa Kahaunaele, looks back at past stories about Hawaii-based, locally-run businesses: a story from Maui High School about a grocer in Happy Valley Maui who has figured out how to use the influx of big-box retailers to his advantage; a profile from Waimea High School on Kauai about a successful t-shirt artist who grew up in Waimea so poor that all he could afford to wear were t-shirts; a history by Seabury Hall Middle School about the iconic, family-run Komoda Bakery in Makawao; a story from Roosevelt High School on Oahu about a cafe that sells slow drip coffee but whose real draw is the unrushed, face-to-face interaction between its customers; a study from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle of Maui Soda & Ice Works and the strong set of family values that has made that business a success; a story from Kalaheo High School on Oahu about a chocolate manufacturer in Kailua whose product bears the name of a valley in Honolulu (Manoa Chocolates) and that uses cacao beans from all over the world; and a profile from Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island about a family-founded-and-run hotel that is nearing a hundred years of age and whose success can be attributed to the allure of nostalgia and a great pork chop.
This program encores Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 24 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ - Focus On The Environment | Program
Thursday, August 14, 7:30 pm
This episode, hosted by HIKI NŌ graduate Shisa Kahaunaele, looks back at past HIKI NŌ stories concerned with taking care of the fragile eco-system we call Earth. Included are: a story from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui about how Valley Isle businesses are adjusting to their county's ban on plastic bags; a profile from Island School on Kauai about canoe paddler Luke Evslin, who decided to live "off the grid" after suffering a life-threatening injury; a report from Keaau High School on Hawaii Island about a local waterman's efforts to organize Big Island communities to clean and take care of their beaches; a story from Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island about a woman who created her own superhero entity to help raise awareness about sustainable energy sources; a look at the restoration of Kahoolawe from Seabury Hall Upper School on Maui; a report by Roosevelt High School on the Native Hawaiian plant sanctuary Papahana Kuaola; and a look at the problem of protected Shearwater birds flying into football stadium lights from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai.
This program encores Saturday, Aug. 16 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ - Focus On The Arts | Program
Thursday, August 7, 7:30 pm
This episode, hosted by HIKI NŌ graduate Shisa Kahaunaele, looks back at past HIKI NŌ stories about the creative act. Included are: a story on world drumming by students at Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu; a study by students from Maui's Seabury Hall Middle School on how art can be used to raise funds for charitable organizations; a look at urban-based, mural-sized street art from students at Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu; a story on the gravity-defying art of aerial dance from students at Kapaa High School on Kauai; a report on Kalihi's socially conscious theatrical troupe – the T-Shirt Theatre – by students from Farrington High School on Oahu; a look through the lens of a highly imaginative, cutting-edge photographer from students at Iolani School on Oahu; and the intersection of jazz, gospel, opera, and Hawaiian music through the ears of students at Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Public Charter School on Kauai.
This program encores Saturday, Aug. 9 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ - Focus On Hawaiian Culture | Full Program
Thursday, July 31, 7:30 pm
Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School graduate Nohea Miller and Halau Ku Mana
Senior Olu Schaller host a special compilation show of past HIKI NŌ
stories that focus on Hawaiian culture. Included are: a story from Hana K-12
School on how the tradition of akule fishing keeps an East Maui community
together; a report from St. Andrew's Priory about that school's annual
celebration of its founding ali'i Queen Emma; a feature from Kamehameha Schools
Kapalama about their recently completed Hawaiian Cultural Center; Halau Ku
Mana's story on its annual makahiki (ancient Hawaiian games) festival; the
traditional Hawaiian art of hale (or house) building from Ke Kula Niihau O
Kekaha on Kauai, and a report from Punahou School about the Eldredge family's
legacy of organizing the school's Holoku Ball.
This program encores Saturday, Aug. 2 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 3 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ - Focus on Helping Others | Full Program
Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm
Farrington High School students Ismael Salameh and Malia Derden host a special
compilation of past HIKI NŌ stories that focus on people helping people
and other forms of community service. Included are: a report from Kealakehe
High School on Hawaii Island about the Kona community pulling together to build
homes for the needy via Habitat for Humanity; the story of a Kainalu Elementary
student who, thanks to his Boy Scout training, saves the life of a choking
friend by using the Heimlich Maneuver; a feature from Kapolei High School on
Oahu about a young woman's public service campaign for high blood pressure
awareness; Waianae High School's story about a family that pulls together to
support its matriarch's battle with Alzheimer's disease; a feature from Seabury
Hall Middle School on Maui about a simple crafts program that positively
impacts people on the opposite side of the globe; a story on Maryknoll School's
annual student mission to Majuro; and a beach preservation project led by
students from Kapolei High School.
This program encores Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, July 27 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ Episode 521 - Top Stories | Full Program
Thursday, July 17, 7:30 pm
This episode features some of the top stories from the Spring Quarter of the
2013/2014 school year. It's hosted by HIKI NŌ graduate Shisa Kahaunaele from
the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama class of 2014. Shisa, who is pursuing a career
in broadcast journalism, introduces the following outstanding stories:
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai explores the special bonds that form between patients and staff at a unique treatment center for the mentally ill; Damien Memorial School on Oahu profiles a student who, although born with only one full arm, has gone on to master the ukulele; Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu studies the sometimes daunting challenges for students transitioning from elementary to middle school; Mid-Pacific Institute introduces us to an entrepreneurial street artist who finds an enthusiastic audience for his art in Waikiki; H.P. Baldwin High School takes a look at the strain a family business places on a father-son relationship; Maui High School investigates the controversial practice of cane burning by the state's only remaining sugar mill; and Kapolei High School visits their annual Relay For Life event to explore the different ways people deal with life-threatening illnesses.
This program encores Saturday, July 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.
HIKI NŌ Episode 520 | Full Program
Thursday, July 10, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Damien Memorial School on Oahu.
Students from Seabury Hall Upper School on Maui follow a team of scientists as they implant, by hand, tracking devices into the bodies of tiger sharks in Hawaiian waters. The scientists are able to handle the sharks during this procedure by turning them upside down. This position places the sharks in a sleep-like state of chronic immobility. The shark-tagging project is part of a University of Hawaii at Manoa study of tiger shark behavior in Hawaiian waters.
Plus, students from Waialua High and Intermediate School on Oahu cover the "perfect storm" of factors leading to traffic and parking congestion on Kamehameha Highway near Laniakea Beach Park.
Students from Maui High School tell the story of a fellow student who has a life-threatening allergy to latex and how the school and her family are trying to modify their environments to keep her safe; students from Kapaa Middle School on Kauai give us tips on how to live green; students from Hana K-12 School show us the traditional Hawaiian process of preparing hala leaves for weaving; students from Kalaheo High School on Oahu profile two young entrepreneurs who apply what they learned traveling the world to their Kailua-based business; students from Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu report on the GPS-based craze known as geo-caching; and students from Ewa Makai Middle School on Oahu provide a primer on how to DJ with 21st-century technology – no vinyl records involved!
This program encores Saturday, July 12 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 pm.
HIKI NŌ Episode 519 | Full Program
Thursday, July 3, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Lanai High and Elementary School on Lanai.
This is the first HIKI NŌ show coming from the island of Lanai, hosted by students at Lanai High and Elementary. Throughout the program Lanai students will present vignettes on the history of their island, covering topics including the origin of Lanai's name, the traditional story behind Lanai's deep purple Lehua blossom, the battle of Hookio against the forces of Kalaniopuu, and how Lanai City grew from a plantation community to a town of 3,000 residents.
The Lanai High and Elementary School hosts will also introduce the following stories from the following schools: from Iolani School on Oahu, the study of a young female photographer who uses her photos to challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes about women; from Kapolei High School on Oahu, a story on a teacher and her husband's participation in their school's Relay for Life event to raise awareness about cancer; from Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island, students show how their May Day celebration embraces a multitude of cultures; from Waipahu High School on Oahu, a profile on a hearing-impaired student who was born with perfect pitch and dreams of someday becoming a music producer; from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu, a look at the recently published, uncensored version of Queen Liliuokalani's autobiography and her accounts of the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom; and students at Sacred Hearts Academy on Oahu offer tips for first-time renters.
This program encores Saturday, July 5 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, July 6 at 3:00 pm.
HIKI NŌ Episode 518 | Full Program
Thursday, June 26, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu.
Students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island follow community organizations' efforts to eradicate the coqui frog from Waimea. The coqui are native to Puerto Rico but have infested 60,000 acres on Hawaii Island. Known for the deafening sounds created by large concentrations of the frogs, the noise from coqui has been recorded at levels as high as 70 decibels in areas such as Pahoa. The highest concentrations of coqui have been found in the eastern part of the island, but recent infestations in Waimea have prompted community groups there to take matters into their own hands, using methods of eradication approved and recommended by the EPA.
Plus, students from Campbell High School on Oahu tell the story of a Campbell student originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who found his voice in Hawaii though jazz saxophone.
Also featured: Students from Roosevelt High School on Oahu report on Hawaiian plant preservation efforts at Papahana Kuaola in Kaneohe; students from Connections Public Charter School on Hawaii Island show how Recycle Hawaii is getting people to create art out of materials that might otherwise end up in landfills; students from Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island profile a teacher who discovered, while surfing, that she is afflicted with a deadly heart condition usually found in infants; students from St. Andrew's Priory on Oahu tell the story of a female student from Beijing, China who started a new chapter in her life by entering St. Andrew's; and students at Kalani High School on Oahu tell the story of an art teacher who grew up with dyslexia and used art to boost his self-esteem.
This program encores Saturday, June 28 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, June 29 at 3:00 pm.
HIKI NŌ Episode 517 | Full Program
Thursday, June 19, 7:30 pm
This is the first all-Maui HIKI NŌ show - the first episode in which all the stories
come from schools on one island. The episode is being hosted by all seven of the
participating schools on Maui: H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Maui
High School in Kahului, Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Maui Waena Intermediate
in Kahului, Seabury Hall Middle School in Makawao, Lahaina Intermediate in Lahaina,
and Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School in Pukalani.
Students from Maui High School report on the very complex and divisive issue of cane burning in their community. Maui's Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar is the last producing sugar mill in Hawaii, and it still utilizes the 132-year-old process of cane burning. Many residents support HC&S because it provides jobs and is the last hold-out for Hawaii's all-but-dead plantation culture. But some community organizations, such as Maui Tomorrow, have strong concerns about the health hazards caused by the cane burning smoke and claim it increases the number of respiratory problems among residents in the area. Increased diligence with weather forecasts and introducing a non-burning "green" method of harvesting are two ways of minimizing the impact of sugar harvesting on residents. The journalists at Maui High study how different sectors of the community are working together to try to resolve the problem.
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate look into why construction on their new science building, whose funding was approved by the state legislature in 2007, has yet to start; Lahainaluna High School highlights the annual celebration of their most famous graduate, Hawaiian scholar David Malo; students from Seabury Hall Middle School profile a young female rodeo star; H.P. Baldwin High School studies how running a small business, the 4 Sisters Bakery, can put a strain on a family; students at Lahaina Intermediate profile a man who has been the school's crossing guard for two generations; and Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle tells about the history and values of the Nobriga family's Maui Soda and Ice Works.
This program encores Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 pm.
HIKI NŌ Episode 516 | Full Program
Thursday, June 12, 7:30 pm
This special edition of HIKI NŌ is being hosted by four brand new, remotely-located, rural schools on Hawaii Island: Kua
o ka La Public Charter School-Milolii
Hipuu Virtual Academy in Milolii;
Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana in Waimea; Kau High School in Pahala; and Volcano School of Arts & Sciences in
Volcano. Students from each of these
Hawaii Island schools will present short vignettes on what makes their school
and community unique. We’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the on-site HIKI
NŌ training workshops held at each of the schools.
Students from Punahou School on Oahu tell the story of Beebe Freitas, a classical and musical theatre icon in Hawaii; students from Island School on Kauai tell us why the Garden Isle is one of the best places in the world to study the behavior patterns of the albatross; students at Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu report on the sometimes tough transition from elementary to middle school; students from Saint Francis School on Oahu reveal their cafeteria supervisor's secret identity as a stuntman; and students at Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu tell the amazing story of a Waikiki street performer who integrates live painting into his act.
This program encores Saturday, June 14 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, June 15 at 3:00 pm.
HIKI NŌ Episode 515 | Full Episode
Thursday, June 5, 7:30 pm
This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by King Kekaulike High School on Maui.
Students from Damien Memorial High School on Oahu tell the story of Nick Acosta, an accomplished, award-winning ukulele player who was born with one arm. His love of music and can-do attitude have enabled this Damien student to overcome the physical challenges of excelling on the instrument with only one arm.
Plus, students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai tell of the deep friendships that develop between mentally ill patients and their caregivers at the Friendship House on Kauai.
Students from Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island tell the story of Kona's historic Manago Hotel; students from Wheeler Middle School on Oahu show the loving process a cafeteria worker employs to make the school’s famous cinnamon sticky buns; students at Moanalua High School on Oahu show how a Kaimuki flower shop owner has survived and flourished despite the influx of big-box retailers; and students from Waianae High School on Oahu feature a story on mango farmer Mark Suiso of Makaha Mangoes.
HIKI NŌ Episode 514 | Full Episode
Thursday, May 29, 7:30 pm
Three soon-to-be high school graduates host this student newscast: Victoria Cuba from Waipahu High School; Satoshi Sugiyama from Roosevelt High School; and Alayna Kobayashi from Punahou School. They introduce the following outstanding stories: Maui High School's report on Hawaii's same-sex wedding business; Waianae Intermediate's story on a transgender eighth-grader; Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao Public Charter School's look at preparations for the Polynesian Voyaging Society's upcoming trans-global trek; Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle's portrait of a substitute teacher who proves that you can't judge a book by its cover; Iolani School's story about an aspiring filmmaker who has had to overcome the physical challenges of his birth defects; Kapolei High School's chronicle of the transferring of a World War II photo exhibit from the USS Missouri to their school library; and Seabury Hall Middle's investigation into the cause of tumors on Maui's green sea turtles.
HIKI NŌ Behind-The-Scenes:
A special look at the production of HIKI NŌ
A special, behind-the-scenes look at PBS Hawaii's HIKI NŌ team working with the students of Kanu O Ka Aina Public Charter School, one of the Hawaii Island schools making their HIKI NŌ debut in Episode #516. Edited by HIKI NŌ intern and ACM student Akane Kashiwazaki.