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A Life-Changing Experience

This episode features Austin Ariola, who graduated from Moanalua High School on O‘ahu and will attend University of Oregon in Portland to study marketing. In the show, Ariola reflects on what it was like to compete in a HIKI NO competition and what he learned as a result:  to stay true to the person who is brave enough to share their story.

Lichen Forster, a graduate of Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi island, remembers what it was like to share her distance learning experience in a student reflection, when studying at home afforded her the chance to chip in at her family’s farm. Now Forster is pursuing a future in print or broadcast journalism.

Lawson Makaneole, who graduated from Roosevelt High School on Oʻahu, says the HIKI NŌ experience taught him the value of vulnerability and instilled confidence to continue to pursue storytelling through film. He plans to major in creative media at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Maui High School graduate Kyson Calibuso, who produced a profile story about his mother and the power of family love and support after a difficult divorce, says the experience was an unforgettable way to bond with her. Calibuso plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to study biology or nursing.

This episode is hosted by HIKI NŌ Assistant Editor and fellow HIKI NŌ Class of 2021 graduate Frances Uy.

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