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Episode # 910: Top Story – Kyle Quilausing’s motto: “Stay Humble, Pray”



Students from Waiākea High School in Hilo on the Big Island introduce us to a man who’s spreading his motto: “Stay Humble, Pray.” This philosophy grew out of Kyle Quilausing’s experience during a decade in prison. He now shares his story of drug addiction and the consequences – with Hawai‘i high school students in hopes they can avoid his fate. “Quilly” puts on shackles when he visits schools because he believes showing has greater impact than just telling.  He says his greatest accomplishment is the feedback he gets from students who tell him he has persuaded them not to try drugs.



–Students from Wai‘anae High School on O‘ahu show us how a varsity wrestler is excelling at his sport when the small sophomore may look like he is in way over his head.


–Students from McKinley High School on O‘ahu explain their “Ignition” mentoring program, and how it is helping anxious incoming freshmen make a smooth transition to high school.


–Students from Island School in Līhu‘e on Kaua‘i introduce us to two of their fellow students – brothers who are pushing the boundaries of business and technology as high-tech entrepreneurs.


–Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School in Upcountry Maui teach us to play the ancient Hawaiian game of konane.


–Students from Ilima Intermediate School in ‘Ewa Beach on O‘ahu profile mural artist Hilton Alves who is giving back to Hawai‘i schools while fulfilling his own goal to create 101 waves on walls.


–Students from Moanalua High School on O‘ahu profile a fitness buff and nutrition advocate who keeps motivating others while going through her own battle with cancer.



Episode #822


Students from Wai‘anae High School in West O‘ahu tackle the controversy surrounding commercial dolphin tours. On August 23, 2016, NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) published a regulation prohibiting tour boats from being within 50 yards of a spinner dolphin, including swimming with them. This regulation has caused a major downturn in business for ocean tour companies such as Sea Hawaii, which claims it has seen a 90% decrease in revenues since the ruling was put into effect.


–Middle school students from Island School on Kaua‘i teach us how to make a puka shell necklace.


–Students from Kalaheo High School in Windward O‘ahu tell us about a camp for the siblings of young cancer patients.


–Students from Mid-Pacific on O‘ahu introduce us to education innovator Ted Dintersmith.


–In their HIKI NŌ debut, students from Highlands Intermediate School on O‘ahu show us how to salsa dance.


–Students from President William McKinley High School in Honolulu tell the story of a McKinley alumnus and banker who has dedicated a great deal of his life to America’s pastime.


–Students at Wai‘anae Intermediate School in West O‘ahu report on a new program on their campus designed to get kids to show up for school.


–And the students at Kalani High School in East Honolulu feature a young tie-dye designer who channels the spirit of the 1960s in her clothing line.


This program encores Saturday, June 17, at 12:00 pm and Sunday, June 18, at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


Top Story: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, Kauai’s Search and Rescue Canine Team




Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai report on Kauai’s Search and Rescue Canine Team. The story focuses on the training of rescue dogs from the time they are puppies and the qualities in puppies that reveal they might make good rescue dogs: curiosity, bravery, and a love of people. The story also highlights the special bond that forms between handler and rescue dog. The two become so close that they act together as one unit. Rescue dogs become an integral part of their handlers’ lives, and they usually live together. As one handler says, “We actually live in their (the dogs) homes. We just pay the mortgage.”




Students from Maui High School in Kahului report on a gardening program on Maui that provides homeless youth with food and self-esteem.


Students from Ilima Intermediate School on Oahu show us how to make a traditional Maori dance implement.


Students from Island School on Kauai show us the inner-workings of a bio-mass plant on the Garden Isle.


Students at Waiakea High School in Hilo introduce us to the quirky, imaginative and liberating world of cosplay (costume play).


And from the HIKI NŌ archives, a story from Kapaa High School on Kauai about an adopt-a-dog-for-a-day program.


This program encores Saturday, June 25 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, June 26 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


Free Public Screenings of Top Student Video Stories at Local HIKI NŌ Festivals

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HONOLULU, HI – Top stories from the past season of HIKI NŌ, PBS Hawaii’s statewide student news network, will be shown at free public screenings on Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and Oahu as part of the 2015 HIKI NŌ Festival. All of the stories in the festival have been nominated for the 2015 HIKI NŌ Awards.


“While all stories that air on HIKI NŌ meet our standards, these nominated stories represent the best of the best and the HIKI NŌ Festival is a great way for these young storytellers to show the state what they can do. We invite the public to come and celebrate the great work of these students,”  says HIKI NŌ Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker.


The festival honors student-created video stories that aired last school year on HIKI NŌ, PBS Hawaii’s student news program. Click here for a complete list of nominated schools.


The HIKI NŌ Festival screening events are free of charge and will be at these locations:



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HILO (Big Island)

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KONA (Big Island)

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HIKI NŌ award winners will be determined through numeric scoring by a panel of veteran industry professionals and will be announced via live stream on Thursday, September 24 at Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii, will present the winners with Donna Tanoue, President of Bank of Hawaii Foundation, HIKI NŌ’s founding broadcast sponsor. The winning school in each category will receive $1,000 in equipment from B&H Photo, plus the HIKI NŌ Shooting Star Award trophy.


HIKI NŌ (which means “can do” in the Hawaiian language) is PBS Hawaii’s groundbreaking statewide student news network. Students use 21st-century skills to produce hyperlocal stories that meet PBS national adult journalism standards. A half-hour weekly program airs Thursdays at 7:30 pm on public television. View past episodes or learn more about HIKI NŌ online at


PBS Hawaii is Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world. | | @pbshawaii on Twitter


HIKI NŌ is Hawaii’s first statewide student news network, made up of 86 public, private and charter schools from across the islands. Through the production of video news stories about their schools and communities, students gain valuable workforce and life skills, while teachers engage their students in hands-on, collaborative learning. | | @hikinocando on Twitter





Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School – “Papa Fu” (Kauai)

Kapaa Middle School – “Fire Knife Dancer” (Kauai)

King Intermediate School – “DJ Aisha” (Oahu)

Lahaina Intermediate School – “Security Guard” (Maui)

Seabury Hall Middle School – “Marching Band Director” (Maui)



Campbell High School – “Dancing Teen”   (Oahu)

Hana K-12 School – “Songbird of Hana” (Maui)

Iolani School – “Summer Kozai”   (Oahu)

Kealakehe High School – “Red Cross Volunteer” (Hawaii Island)

Mid-Pacific Institute – “Mark Yamanaka” (Oahu)



Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle (Maui)

Kapaa Middle School (Kauai)

Punahou Middle School (Oahu)



Island School (Kauai)

Kaiser High School (Oahu)

Kua o ka La Public Charter School Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy (Hawaii Island)

Leilehua High School (Oahu)

Mid-Pacific Institute (Oahu)



Aliamanu Middle School – “Ms. Lee Loy” (Oahu)

Ewa Makai Middle School – “Tech P.E.” (Oahu)

Hongwanji Mission School – “Father Coach” (Oahu)

Maui Waena Intermediate School – “Sports Complex” (Maui)



Kalaheo High School – “Battery 405” (Oahu)

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama – “Never Alone Video Game” (Oahu)

Kua o ka La Public Charter School Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy – “Mauna Kea TMT” (Hawaii Island)

Maui High School – “All Pono Sports” (Maui)

Waimea High School – “Historic Waimea Theater” (Kauai)



Island School – “Champion Body Boarder” (Kauai)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy – “Waipio Valley Taro” (Hawaii Island)

Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle – “Kula Farmer” (Maui)

Kapaa High School – “Kauai Juice Company” (Kauai)

Maui High School – “School Safety” (Maui)

Waiakea High School – “Two Ladies Kitchen” (Hawaii Island)

Waianae High School – “Water Safety Heroes” (Oahu)

Waipahu High School – “Following Victoria Cuba” (Oahu)



Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School – “Plantation Coffee Company” (Kauai)

Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School – “Kaahaaina’s Thanksgiving” (Oahu)

Maui Waena Intermediate School – “Community Service” (Maui)

Waianae Intermediate School – “Beauty and the Beast” (Oahu)

Wheeler Middle School – “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro” (Oahu)



H.P. Baldwin High School – “Anti-Meth Teen” (Maui)

Konawaena High School – “Sticking With Lacrosse” (Hawaii Island)

Maui High School – “Avalon Angel of ALS” (Maui)

Waiakea High School – “ACL Injuries” (Hawaii Island)

Waianae High School – “Stressed Athlete” (Oahu)