Christine Alonzo

HIKI NŌ 5|7|20:
Student Reflections on COVID-19, Part One


HIKI NŌ Student Reflections on COVID-19, Part One


HIKI NŌ students from across the island chain present their reflections on how COVID-19 has changed their lives as they shelter-in-place from their homes. Topics touched upon in their reflections include: the angst felt by seniors missing out on traditional graduation ceremonies; concern for the health of grandparents; staying in touch with friends electronically; learning new skills while isolated at home; missing out on one’s big moment at Merrie Monarch; distance learning from home; working parents and the safety precautions they take upon arriving at home at the end of their workday.


The student correspondents who share their reflections in this episode include: Christine Alonzo, a senior at Maui High School in Kahului; Aaliyah Nero, an 8th grader at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi; Leiolani Faurot, a senior at Sacred Hearts Academy on Oʻahu; Skylar Masuda, a senior at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui; Taylor McCann, a sophomore at Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi Island; Sienna Jolie Racoma, an 8th grader at Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului; and Ty Kajihara, a freshman at Kauaʻi High School.



Some of the top stories from the Winter Quarter of the 2019/2020 school year: “Kitten Yoga” from Waiākea High School on Hawaiʻi Island; “4 Sisters Forever” from Waiʻanae High School in West Oʻahu; “Working Mom” from Farrington High School on Oʻahu; “Young Cartographer” from Hongwanji Mission School on Oʻahu; “Heart of Gold” from Moanalua High School on Oʻahu; and “Misfit Kempo Instructor” by Ewa Makai Middle School on Oʻahu.




HIKI NŌ Class of 2019 & 2020


This is the final episode in a series of four specials in which outstanding HIKI NŌ graduates from the Class of 2019 (and one student from the Class of 2020) gathered at PBS Hawaiʻi to discuss their HIKI NŌ experiences and how they feel the skills they learned from HIKI NŌ will help them in college, the workplace and life.


This episode features Christine Alonzo, who is now a HIKI NŌ student in her senior year at Maui High School; Julia Forrest, who graduated from Waiʻanae High School on Oʻahu and is now a Public Policy major at the University of Michigan; and Tiffany Sagucio, who graduated from Kauaʻi High School and is now majoring in Communications at UH Mānoa.


Each student also shows a HIKI NŌ story that they worked on and discusses what they learned from the experience of working on that particular story. Christine shares her story, “Kuleana,” about the making of the independent feature film Kuleana by a Maui resident and a tight-knit local film community. Julia shows her story “Naked Cow Dairy,” about the last dairy farm on Oʻahu. Tiffany presents her story, “A Special Piece,” — a personal video essay about appreciating home on the threshold of going away to college.