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How COVID-19 Impacts A Family, Through a Child’s Eyes

HIKI NŌ #1209
Original airdate: Thurs., February 11, 2020 7:30 pm HIKI NŌ Student Reflections Winter 2021, Part Two

Jasmine Thai, a senior at McKinley High School on Oʻahu, tells the story of how distance learning brought her out of her shell. It caused a spike in her creativity and her ability to communicate with her peers. “I became more in touch with my real self,” says Jasmine.

Marina Vowell, an eighth-grader at Highlands Intermediate School on Oʻahu, explains how the rigorous and isolating routine of distance learning put a kink in her ability to hang out with her best friend—her younger brother—until they figured out how to accomplish both.

George Roy, a sophomore at Kalāheo High School in Windward Oʻahu, reveals the impact COVID-19 has had on his father’s work life as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines.

Chloe Pacheco, a junior at Leilehua High School in Central Oʻahu, expresses how COVID-19 has inspired her to become a Good Samaritan to her family and her community.

Emma Tilitile, a senior at Waiʻanae High School in West Oʻahu, reports on how some teachers at her school are going the extra mile to help boost student morale in spite of the isolation and reduction in human contact brought on by distance learning.


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 Roosevelt High School graduate Satoshi Sugiyama. Satoshi wanted to be a news reporter ever since he was in elementary school in Japan. HIKI NŌ gave him his first opportunity to be the reporter on (as well as write and produce) a television news story. He has been on a fast track to a career in journalism ever since. Satoshi, now 25, is the political reporter for the Japan Times, a national newspaper in Japan.