Waiʻanae Intermediate School

HIKI NŌ 6|4|20:
HIKI NŌ 2020 Spring Challenge

 

This special episode features the winning stories from the HIKI NŌ 2020 Spring Challenge competition. In this year’s Spring Challenge, student teams from across the state were given four days to create a video portrait of a family that is sheltering at home together and how they are coping with life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The winners in the High School Division are:

 

1st Place – Kapaʻa High School on Kauaʻi, for their story about a family that builds a makeshift bowling lane in their backyard in order to bond together during their time sheltering at home.

 

2nd Place – Maui High School in Kahului, for their story about how a daughter grows closer to her parents during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

3rd Place – Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, for their story about a high school senior who becomes the primary caregiver to his 95-year-old great-grandmother during the shelter-at-home mandate.

 

Honorable Mention – Waipahu High School on Oʻahu, for their story about a grandmother who uses her professional sewing experience to make masks for her family.

 

The winners in the Middle School Division are:

 

1st Place – Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului, for their story about two sisters whose mother has lost her job due to the pandemic, leaving the father as the sole breadwinner in the household.

 

2nd Place – Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island, for their story about an only child who grows closer to her restaurant-owner parents when they spend more time at home with her due to the mandated restrictions on their business.

 

3rd Place – Kailua Intermediate School in Windward Oʻahu, for their story about a family that embraces the lost art of letter and card writing as a way of staying in touch with people while sheltering at home.

 

Honorable Mention – Waiʻanae Intermediate School, for their story about the stress a family undergoes adapting to major changes in their financial, professional and educational lives.

 

1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners in both divisions will receive, respectively, $500, $300, $200 and $100 in production equipment or supplies for their school’s media program. All prizes are provided by State Farm®.

 

 

 

HIKI NŌ 5|28|20:
Student Reflections on COVID-19, Part Four

 

HIKI NŌ continues its series of reflections on how COVID-19 has changed students’ lives as they shelter-in-place from their homes.

 

This episode includes the youngest Student Reflection correspondent—Dayvan Wong. Dayvan is a 5th grader at Waiākea Elementary School on Hawaiʻi Island. Dayvan bemoans the fact that sheltering at home gives him too much unstructured time. “After you finish doing homework you just have too much free time on your hands,” says Dayvan. “To me it’s like getting chocolate bars. One is okay, but too many drives you crazy.”

 

Other student correspondents who share their reflections in this episode include: Faʻamalosi Moeaʻi, a freshman at Hāna School in East Maui; Brayden Vierra-Hiromoto, a sophomore at Kalāheo High School in Windward Oʻahu; Terrysa Uyeno, an 8th grader at Waiʻanae Intermediate School in West Oʻahu; Emma Jane Roy, a 7th grader at ʻĪao School on Maui; and Matthew Nakamura, a senior at Trinity Christian School on Oʻahu.

 

Topics range from the lockdown providing the opportunity to bond with a younger sibling to the uncertainty of life in these unprecedented times to being home schooled.

 

ALSO FEATURED

 

Students from Kalani High School on Oʻahu tell the story of a young dancer/choreographer who has discovered her passion for teaching. Students from Moanalua Middle School on Oʻahu explore the need to develop a younger donor base for the Blood Bank. Students from Kalāheo High School on Oʻahu highlight a young HIKI NŌ reporter who gains valuable insight into the world of journalism by interviewing the CEO of PBS National Paula Kerger during her visit to PBS Hawaiʻi.

 

 

 

HIKI NŌ 5|14|20:
Student Reflections on COVID-19, Part Two

 

HIKI NŌ continues its series of reflections on how COVID-19 has changed students’ lives as they shelter-in-place from their homes. Jimmy Liu, a junior and international student at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy on Hawaiʻi Island, recorded his reflection while sheltering in his home in Shanghai, China. He reports that the situation in his home city is much better now than it was during the peak of China’s coronavirus crisis and even shares footage of the streets of Shanghai today.

 

Other student correspondents who share their reflections in this episode include: Kailea Tuitele, an 8th grader at Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School; Anijah-Rose Tomacder, a senior at Kapaʻa High School on Kauaʻi; Paul Espiritu, a junior at Konawaena High School on Hawaiʻi Island; Isabella Rodriguez, a 6th grader at Ewa Makai Middle School on Oʻahu; and Naomi Toki, a senior at Waimea High School on Kauaʻi. Topics range from a student who takes on new responsibilities at home because her parents are essential workers to a father who does magic tricks to keep his children occupied during the lockdown to a student who takes care of his aunt’s children while she is out at her nursing job.

 

ALSO FEATURED

 

Students from Waiʻanae Intermediate School on Oʻahu tell the story of a robotics teacher who knew almost nothing about robotics when he took over the class but empowered his students to grow the program along with him; a student at H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui presents an expressionist personal narrative about her struggle with depression; and students from Moanalua High School on Oʻahu reveal the history and meaning behind lei-giving in a short documentary that won a Student Television Network Excellence Award.

 

 

 

HIKI NŌ 12|5|19: 2019-2020 Student Television Network Challenge

 

This special edition features stories created by HIKI NŌ students that were submitted to the national Student Television Network (STN) competition in the News Feature category.  Participating student teams were given six days to conceptualize, organize, shoot, write and edit a story based on a particular theme, which was not announced until the beginning of the six-day production window.  The theme for this challenge was: Role Models.

 

TOP STORY

 

“For You”
Students from Waiʻanae High School in West Oʻahu tell the story of Lexton Butay-Joseph, a Waiʻanae High School senior whose uncle and role model passed away under tragic circumstances.  Lexton had never been close with his father, but through their shared grief over Lextonʻs uncle (his fatherʻs brother), a bond between father and son has been forged.

 

ALSO FEATURED

 

“Young Champion”
Students from Waiʻanae Intermediate School in West Oʻahu tell the story of Logyn Lynn Puahala, a nine-year-old female judo champion who serves as a role model to her best friend and fellow judo student Eli Oshiro.  The story also features Logynʻs judo coach and role model, her father Robin Puahala.

 

“Period Hawaiʻi”
Students from Moanalua High School on Oʻahu tell the story of Courtney Coleman, the lead organizer of Period Hawaiʻi.  Courtney was inspired to take on this position by Nadya Okimoto, the founder of the national Period Movement. Period Hawaiʻi fights for access to menstrual hygiene products for all Hawaiʻi women (whether they be homeless, incarcerated or otherwise unable to afford the products).

 

“Uncle Russell”
Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi tell the story of a Kauaʻi man who has become a role model to many because of his volunteer work for the Foodbank and for teaching water sports to handicapped children and adults.

 

“Mana Wahine”
Students from ʻEwa Makai Middle School on Oʻahu tell the story of Alexis Akiona, a young fashion designer who looks to her mother as her role model.  Alexis credits her mother for teaching her how to be a strong woman, or mana wahine.

 

“Role Model Teacher/Dad”
Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School in Pukalani tell the story of an elementary school teacher who straddles his dual life as a role model for his students and for his offspring.

 

“Homecoming”
Students from Maui High School in Kahului tell the story of a young woman who was once trapped in the foster care system and is now paying it forward by helping children who are going through the same hardship.

 

 

 

HIKI NŌ
Lokahi Program

 

TOP STORY

 

“Lokahi Program”
Students from McKinley High School on Oʻahu feature their school’s Lokahi Program, an outreach activity in which students bond with senior citizens at the Kulana Hale Senior Apartments in Honolulu. The students organize an annual senior citizen prom for the residents and lead activities such as arts and crafts and karaoke. Friendships between kupuna and teens, such as the one between resident Faye Kubo and student Regina Nguyen, blossom. Says Regina, “The way I see Faye is the way I see my friends at school. We can literally talk about anything.” Faye says that through her interaction with Regina and other students, “I learn that there’s hope.”

 

ALSO FEATURED

 

Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului profile a married couple that wanted to start a family and ended up turning to adoption to find their bundle of joy.

 

Students from Waiʻanae Intermediate School in West Oʻahu discover the values a judo instructor teaches his students.

 

Students from Kalākaua Intermediate School in the Kalihi district of Oʻahu introduce us to a local sculptor who uses invasive tree branches to create a replica of an ancient voyaging canoe.

 

Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi feature a singing nun who uses music to teach her students valuable lessons.

 

A violinist from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui presents us with an introspective video self-portrait.

 

Plus—a public service announcement from students at Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island raises awareness about human trafficking.

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ also features students’ profiles on their HIKI NŌ teachers.