Facing the Future


This half-hour documentary by filmmaker Stuart Yamane examines a new phase in the evolution of the nation’s first statewide student news network. Four years after the launch of HIKI NŌ, a new dream has transpired:  to develop HIKI NŌ as a sanctioned class within Hawaii’s statewide school system, and into a curriculum available to public, private and charter schools. Thanks to funding from the Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, PBS Hawaii has the resources needed to realize this dream. Teachers, students, curriculum developers, education evaluators, media professionals and leaders from the Department of Education and PBS Hawaii share their vision for what this new curriculum will look like and how it will work – charting a course into a new education frontier.


How Can We Improve Our Public Schools?

Last year, the Federal Department of Education praised Hawai‘i’s public school system for improving teacher training programs and providing better resources for struggling schools. But many public schools still face challenges, such as a shortage of teachers and, in some schools, a low graduation rate. For students in some rural schools, just finding a way to get to school can be a daily struggle. What strategies and programs are working in our public schools? Are there new ideas that can improve our students’ opportunities to succeed? Daryl Huff moderates the discussion.


The 2015 National Geographic Bee


Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.


Hawaii’s State Geographic Bee winner vies for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.


The Homestretch


This film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, the documentary follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. It examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. The film is a powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young and homeless in America today, while building a future.


Maui High School story to be featured on PBS NewsHour



A story on campus safety by Maui High School students will air on tonight’s PBS NewsHour. Click the link or the image above to view the story. View the highlight of Maui High School, here.


The story, “Schools, Not Prisons,” covers the unique safety challenges Hawaii schools face, since local campuses are open and contain multiple buildings.  The story also features Puu Kukui Elementary School, a new school in Wailuku that was designed with safety in mind.


The story is part of a PBS NewsHour series, “The New Safe,” a collaboration between PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and Student Television Network. The series “investigates how schools across the country are rethinking what it means to feel safe and be safe at school,” according to PBS NewsHour.


April marks anniversaries of the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.


Maui High School is one of two Hawaii schools that participate in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, which connects schools with mentors in public media and provides a collaborative space for digital media, critical thinking and communication skills, while developing news reports.


Hawaii schools dominate national television competition

STN Hawaii group


HONOLULU, HI – Hawaii’s middle and high school media programs took home 28 awards from the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention in San Diego, California. The complete list of winners from Hawaii, including links to available videos, starts on the next page.


Waianae High School took home six trophies, including a regional Broadcast Excellence award. Maui Waena Intermediate School, another big winner, also garnered six awards. Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai, and Oahu schools Mid-Pacific Institute, Moanalua High School and Waianae Intermediate School also won multiple awards. Kauai’s Waimea High School also captured a first-place win in the “60-Second Silent Story” category.


“Hawaii schools have proven once again that they can compete with anyone across the nation in digital media,” said Kevin Matsunaga, media instructor at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and a member of STN’s national board. “The students’ performance here is proof positive that our Hawaii digital media teachers and students are doing great work.”


More than 2,700 middle and high school students from across the country gathered at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego for four days of competition and workshops. Students were given strict time deadlines, often only a few hours, to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit their entries on site. In the “Crazy8s” competitions, for example, students completed four-minute newscasts or films in eight hours. Teachers were not allowed to help.


All Hawaii schools that attended STN are also participants in PBS Hawaii’s HIKI NŌ learning initiative. In this statewide program, students learn workforce and life skills through the creation of video news stories. These stories air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.


PBS Hawaii presented a workshop at the conference, Learning by Re-doing: The HIKI NŌ Process. Students and teachers from across the U.S. learned about the HIKI NŌ production process, and Hawaii students shared their experiences in the program.


“Programs like HIKI NŌ are helping our students to be better storytellers,” Matsunaga said.


“Our growing pipeline of Creative Media across the state of Hawaii is like no other,” said Candy Suiso, Executive Director of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions media program. “What a great feeling.”


Hawaii Winners at the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention

Broadcast Excellence, South Pacific Region
Waianae High School


Best Live Action Film
Waianae High School


Convention Recap
First Place: Waianae High School view video here >>
Second Place: Moanalua High School view video here >>


Middle School Spot Feature
First Place: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Third Place: Waipahu Intermediate School


Middle School Movie Trailer
First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School


Tell the Story
Second Place: Waianae High School view video here >>


Middle School PSA
First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
Third Place: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Honorable Mention: Waianae Intermediate School
Honorable Mention: Mid-Pacific Institute


High School PSA
First Place: Waianae High School view video here >>


60-Second Silent Story
First Place: Waimea High School
Honorable Mention: Moanalua High School


Third Place: Kauai High School


Middle School Anchoring Team
Honorable Mention: Mid-Pacific Institute
Honorable Mention: Maui Waena Intermediate School


Middle School Music Video
Third Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
Honorable Mention: Maui Waena Intermediate School
Honorable Mention: Waianae Intermediate School


High School Music Video
Second Place: Moanalua High School


Crazy 8s – Middle School Broadcast Journalism
Honorable Mention: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School view video here >>


Crazy 8s – High School Multimedia Journalism
Third Place: Waianae High School
Honorable Mention: Maui High School


Crazy 8s – Middle School Short Film
First Place: Maui Waena Intermediate School
Honorable Mention: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School view video here >>


Crazy 8s – High School Short Film – Live Action
Honorable Mention: Moanalua High School


How Should Hawai‘i’s Public Schools Educate Students about Sex?


How Should Hawai‘i’s Public Schools Educate Students about Sex?

Hawai‘i’s public schools provide children with a culturally responsive and factual education about sexual health. And yet, our teen pregnancy rate is higher than the national average. Some parents, lawmakers and religious leaders feel the training goes into too many aspects of sexual health and doesn’t give our young teens the right message. Is the sexual education curriculum too detailed or not detailed enough? Malia Mattoch hosts the discussion.



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