Bank of Hawaii Foundation renews support for HIKI NŌ

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From left: Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO; Mary Bitterman, Bank of Hawaii Board of Directors Lead Independent Director; Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii Foundation President; Robert Pennybacker, PBS Hawai‘i Director of Learning Initiatives.

 

HONOLULU – Bank of Hawaii Foundation, an early backer of PBS Hawai‘i’s award-winning HIKI NŌ statewide student digital media initiative, has renewed its support with a $100,000 grant.

 

 

HIKI NŌ, primarily an education program, encourages students to hone progressive “real world” learning skills. These skills are showcased in a weekly on-air and online newscast, in which students meet national PBS professional journalism standards.

 

“Kudos to Leslie Wilcox and PBS Hawai‘i for championing HIKI NŌ and helping students from all islands to develop skills in a digital world,” said Peter S. Ho, Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Hawaii. “HIKI NŌ students tell the stories of their communities with a voice and perspective that is powerful and authentic.”

 

Bank of Hawaii Foundation’s support dates back to the launch of HIKI NŌ in 2011. Since then, HIKI NŌ schools have become digital media stand-outs at local and national competitions.

 

At no cost to schools, HIKI NŌ serves 90 public, private and charter schools across the Islands, middle and high schools. Under the guidance of teachers, participating students create their stories of their communities after school hours. The Hawaii State Department of Education is considering making HIKI NŌ an official elective course in public schools.

 

Says PBS Hawai‘i Director of Learning Initiatives Robert Pennybacker: “Bank of Hawaii Foundation has helped open career paths to students by enabling them to gain the ability to problem-solve, persevere and meet deadlines with quality digital media work.”

 

 

For questions on this news release, please contact:

 

Liberty Peralta, PBS Hawai‘i

lperalta@pbshawaii.org

808.462.5030

 

Melissa Torres-Laing, Bank of Hawaii

Melissa.Torres-Laing@boh.com

808.694.8384