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How Joining Creative Forces Helped With The Loneliness of COVID-19

HIKI NŌ #1215 Original airdate: Thurs., May 13, 2021 7:30 pm

HIKI NŌ Student Reflections Spring 2021, Part Two

During the spring quarter of the 2020/2021 school year, HIKI NŌ students reflect on the impact COVID-19 restrictions have had on their home and school lives, as well as the lives of those close to them.

Sam Tiwanak, a senior at Kaiser High School in East Oʻahu, tells of how, in the midst of the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 lockdowns, he began collaborating on photography and video projects with a classmate, Will Sato. Joining creative forces with one another helped both students overcome the loneliness of the pandemic.

Hannah Okamoto, a junior at Maui High School in Kahului, talks about the stress and safety concerns brought about by working a job, during the pandemic, that brings her into contact with a great number of people.

Chazz Coppa, a senior at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui, waxes poetic about what he imagines life has in store for him after he graduates.

Janal Baron, a senior at Farrington High School on O‘ahu, reflects on the creative outlets that got her through tough times during the pandemic.

Osai Ball, a fifth-grader at Waiākea Elementary School on Hawaiʻi Island, describes how the health and safety protocols adapted by his school set him at ease when he returned to campus.

Jalen Acob, a junior at Moanalua High School on  O‘ahu, shares how she is staying grounded during the pandemic by stepping back, journaling, getting out into the fresh air, and sewing.


Students at Island School on Kauaʻi introduce us to a dedicated caretaker and steward at the Limahulu Garden and Preserve on Kauaʻi.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of HIKI NŌ, 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 Kapolei High School graduate Joshua Saludez, one of the very first HIKI NŌ writer-reporter-editors.

HIKI NŌ 5|13|21: Student Reflections Spring 2021, Part Two