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Finding an Ensemble… and a Fresh Start

In this episode of HIKI NŌ on PBS Hawai‘i, host Liana Doppman, an 8th grader at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, shares multiple Student Reflection videos from her classmates’ HIKI NŌ class project along with other stories from Hawai‘iʻs New Wave of Storytellers.

From Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy on the Big Island, three 8th graders share their experiences and journeys of what it is like to be young in todayʻs world.

The HIKI NŌ Student Reflections come from Eli OʻMeara, who shares a personal story about finding the right support system when navigating difficult situations and hateful interactions, Arlo Sprio, who speaks about moving to Hawai‘i and finding a fresh start after dealing with bullying at another school in California, and Luke Vincent, who shares the piece he produced about discovering the importance of native Hawaiian fish.

From Waiākea High School on Hawai‘i, Austin Hocson shares a Student Reflection about how a scary diagnosis he received when he was young has changed his perspective on life and outlook as he pursues success on the school’s soccer team.

Chase Matsumoto, a student at Pearl City High School on O‘ahu, shares a story about embarking upon a musical journey from playing the flute to composing sheet music on his laptop.

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Chase Matsumoto, senior at Pearl City High School, O‘ahu

“I wondered, what would it be like for others to play a score that I made for them?”