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The Highs and Lows of COVID-19

Original Air date: 10/29/20: #1201

As we begin the first new school year in the COVID-19 era, HIKI NŌ students reflect on their experiences with Distance Learning and attending school from home:

Noelle Lo, a junior at Maui High School in Kahului, expresses the difficulty she is having separating her school work from her rest and recreation, since all of it now takes place inside her home.

Lichen Forster, a senior at Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi Island, credits schooling from home with discovering the joys of her family’s farm in Mountain View. She is especially appreciative of having had the time to learn how to milk the goats they are raising.

Aubrey Bechard, a freshman at Kauaʻi High School in Līhue, talks about the disruptions that occur when she and her younger siblings are all in their respective Zoom and Google Meets classes at the same time.

Capriana Nozaki, a sixth-grader at Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului, bemoans the fact that the 100% online curriculum she is taking, which offers no interaction between students and teachers, is too easy and is boring her to tears.

Giulia Quinsaat, an eighth-grader at Montessori School of Maui, shows us how her hula hālau has been able to practice while complying with gathering and social distancing restrictions—through Zoom Hula!


“Alone Together,” a long-distance video collaboration between two HIKI NŌ schools on two islands: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi and Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island.


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 Waiʻanae High School graduate Crystal Cebedo who, as an eighth-grader at Waiʻanae Intermediate, helped to produce a story about her terminally-ill mother, which set the bar for the intensely personal, highly emotional stories that have become a hallmark of HIKI NŌ.

HIKI NŌ: Student Reflections on Distance Learning, Part One #1201