This is the first HIKI NŌ show coming from the island of Lanai, hosted by students at Lanai High and Elementary. Throughout the program Lanai students will present vignettes on the history of their island, covering topics including the origin of Lanai’s name, the traditional story behind Lanai’s deep purple Lehua blossom, the battle of Hookio against the forces of Kalaniopuu, and how Lanai City grew from a plantation community to a town of 3,000 residents.

The Lanai High and Elementary School hosts will also introduce the following stories from the following schools: from Iolani School on Oahu, the study of a young female photographer who uses her photos to challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes about women; from Kapolei High School on Oahu, a story on a teacher and her husband’s participation in their school’s Relay for Life event to raise awareness about cancer; from Waipahu High School on Oahu, a profile on a hearing-impaired student who was born with perfect pitch and dreams of someday becoming a music producer; from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu, a look at the recently published, uncensored version of Queen Liliuokalani’s autobiography and her accounts of the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom; and students at Sacred Hearts Academy on Oahu offer tips for first-time renters.

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