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From Drumming to Humor, Students Find Ways to Cope During COVID-19

HIKI NŌ #1306

Tues., November 23, 2021 7:30 pm (Original Air Date )

HIKI NŌ producers selected a wide variety of segments to showcase, including traditional Stories, How-To videos, thoughtful Student Reflections and a new genre — visual essays called Personal Narratives.

The show begins with a Student Reflection from Saige Adaro, a student at Pearl City High School on Oʻahu, who shares her experience with falling in love with a new hobby thanks to a summer program with Hawaii Women in Filmmaking.

Ashley D’Ambrosio, a student at Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School on Hawaiʻi Island, profiles a Taiko group in Puna that found a way to keep drumming and meet remotely during the pandemic.

Marika Zialcita from Waikiki Elementary School shares her experience of switching schools during the pandemic in the middle of distance learning in a Student Reflection.

A How-To video from students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi provides a fresh take on a hot topic: the best ways to approach peoples’ preferred pronouns. The video received first place in the How-To category of the HIKI NŌ Triple Crown of Storytelling’s Middle School division.

Highlights of some of the best stories from the HIKI NŌ Triple Crown of Storytelling continue with the first-place high school winner in the Story category. Produced by students at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui, the story profiles a Maui mother who lost her son and has advice to share about how to support people who lose loved ones.

Hilo High School student King James Mangoba on Hawaiʻi Island shines in his Student Reflection, in which he tells the story of learning to drive. The piece won first place in the HIKI NŌ Triple Crown of Storytelling challenge’s Student Reflection category in the high school division.

Students at Konawaena High School on Hawaiʻi Island profile high school senior Travis Ichishita, who shares his dream of becoming a recording artist.

Trevor Takeno, a student at Moanalua Middle School on Oʻahu, chose to produce a Student Reflection about how he pushed through the initial boredom that came with COVID lockdowns.

Santana Sebastian, a junior at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui, shares his humor and talent in a Personal Narrative, a visual essay about growing up on Maui and self-discovery.

Students from Moanalua High School on Oʻahu give advice about how to select a proper lei for any occasion. The video won first place in the HIKI NŌ Triple Crown of Storytelling High School Division’s How-To category.

To close the show, Kauaʻi High School student Aubrey Bechard shares her wisdom about approaching life’s challenges with a good sense of humor in her Student Reflection.


HIKI NŌ 11|23|21: 1306 (Original Air Date )