This episode of HIKI NŌ is being hosted by Kealakehe High School on the Kona coast of Hawaii Island.
TOP STORIES: From the Windward side of Oahu, students from Kainalu Elementary (the only elementary school now producing stories for HIKI NŌ) follow the life journey of Alan Nagao, a Thalidomide baby who came into the world with birth defects, was teased and ostracized as a child, became a poster boy for the Easter Seals, then grew up to be a yoyo master and kite entrepreneur. Students from Waianae High School tell the story of an Oahu egg farmer who is part of the local, fresh food movement and has found a niche in that industry by being a cage-free operation.
ALSO FEATURED: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama features graduates whose lives were changed because of the community service they participated in while at Kamehameha; Kalani High School features a tool used by deaf and blind people for crossing the street; Lahaina Intermediate School shows us how to make jewelry from shells collected at the beach; Maui Waena Intermediate follows a Habitat for Humanity project that recently helped a Maui family; from Oahu, Punahou School tells the story of outrigger-canoe-paddling legend Nappy Napolean; and Kapolei High School warns of the dangers of texting while driving.
From the Kona side of Hawaii Island, students at Konawaena High School show us how a community of local students and artists were inspired to paint a mural at Konawaena Elementary in remembrance of the twenty students and six teachers killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The community project provided students and adults with an opportunity to heal and process very difficult thoughts and feelings brought on by the tragedy.
Wheeler Middle School in Central Oahu reveals the immense amount of planning and the numerous details and moving parts involved in the daily creation of Hawaii public school lunch.
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai looks at why traffic is so congested on the Garden Isle; Maui High School asks," "Do we really know all there is to know about e-cigarettes?"; Moanalua High School looks at the pros and cons of smart phones and other mobile devices in the classroom; and Waianae Intermediate tells the story of a teacher who is bullied by students then gains the support of other students who see the injustice of the way he was treated.