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2020 Spring Challenge

Original airdate: June 4, 2020

This special episode features the winning stories from the HIKI NŌ 2020 Spring Challenge competition. In this year’s Spring Challenge, student teams from across the state were given four days to create a video portrait of a family that is sheltering at home together and how they are coping with life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners in the High School Division are:

1st Place – Kapaʻa High School on Kauaʻi, for their story about a family that builds a makeshift bowling lane in their backyard in order to bond together during their time sheltering at home.

2nd Place – Maui High School in Kahului, for their story about how a daughter grows closer to her parents during the COVID-19 lockdown.

3rd Place – Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, for their story about a high school senior who becomes the primary caregiver to his 95-year-old great-grandmother during the shelter-at-home mandate.

Honorable Mention – Waipahu High School on Oʻahu, for their story about a grandmother who uses her professional sewing experience to make masks for her family.

The winners in the Middle School Division are:

1st Place – Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului, for their story about two sisters whose mother has lost her job due to the pandemic, leaving the father as the sole breadwinner in the household.

2nd Place – Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island, for their story about an only child who grows closer to her restaurant-owner parents when they spend more time at home with her due to the mandated restrictions on their business.

3rd Place – Kailua Intermediate School in Windward Oʻahu, for their story about a family that embraces the lost art of letter and card writing as a way of staying in touch with people while sheltering at home.

Honorable Mention – Waiʻanae Intermediate School, for their story about the stress a family undergoes adapting to major changes in their financial, professional and educational lives.

1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners in both divisions will receive, respectively, $500, $300, $200 and $100 in production equipment or supplies for their school’s media program. All prizes are provided by State Farm®.