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HIKI NŌ Student Reflections on Distance Learning, Part Three

Thurs., November 12 2020  7:30 pm    (HIKI NŌ 1203)

As we begin the first new school year in the COVID-19 era, HIKI NŌ students reflect on their experiences with Distance Learning and other challenges brought on by the pandemic:

Christian Aragon, a senior at Konawaena High School on Hawaiʻi Island, talks about the impact the pandemic is having on his two main goals: graduating from high school and improving his acting skills.  (He plans to major in drama in college.)

Ella Anderson, a sophomore at Kapaʻa High School on Kauaʻi, explains how spending so much time together with her younger brother (because they are both attending school from home) has brought them closer together.

Nalea Udac, an eighth-grader at Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island, tells us how trying to keep up with Distance Learning alongside five younger siblings has forced her to take on some parenting responsibilities at home.

Alexa Vinaro, an eighth-grader at Āliamanu Middle School on Oʻahu, expresses how, for her, Distance Learning has more advantages than disadvantages.

Cara Jurison, an eight-grader at Highlands Intermediate School on Oʻahu, talks about how virtual get-togethers with relatives go a long way in keeping family members close during lockdowns.


“Beauty by Brit,” a story by students from Kauaʻi High School about a beauty salon on Kauaʻi that had to close its doors during last spring’s lockdown and has since re-opened with a new way of doing business.


As the 10th anniversary of HIKI NŌ’s February 28, 2011 debut approaches, we are presenting a series of stories on outstanding HIKI NŌ alumni from the program’s first decade. The alumni profile in this episode spotlights Kua O Ka Lā Miloliʻi Hipuʻu Virtual Academy graduate Hoku Subiono, whose story on the Mauna Kea thirty meter telescope dispute served as a model for how HIKI NŌ can report on complex, controversial topics with objectivity and neutrality.