This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihue, Kauai.
Waianae High School on Oahu brings us a story about concussions caused by sports injuries. Waianae High School varsity football player Chaz Bollig suffered a concussion when he landed on his neck while trying to catch a ball during a game. Chaz lost memory for an entire week after the incident and claims that he couldn’t speak during that period of time. He eventually recovered and returned to the field. The story goes on to mention that the Waianae High School athletic department enforces a seven-step “return to play protocol” after an athlete suffers a head trauma. The possible consequences of not following that protocol include long term memory loss and, in extreme cases, death.
On a lighter note, students from Wheeler Middle School in central Oahu show us how to successfully perform a kendama trick called “The Airplane.”
Maui High School reports on a wedding photographer/officiant on Maui who anticipates a significant spike in his business after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii. The law has also had a positive effect on his personal life, as he is in a same-sex relationship and now plans to marry his partner. Students from Mid Pacific Institute on Oahu show how hanafuda—a traditional Japanese card game—can encourage face-to-face interaction in an age when cell-phones and other handheld devices are placing people into personal silos. Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island tells the story of a Kona family obsessed with words, spelling and Bees. Lahaina Intermediate School on Maui introduces us to a local artist who has discovered self expression by power sanding sheets of aluminum. And Punahou School on Oahu profiles a librarian who has found great personal satisfaction in the intricate art of lauhala hat weaving.
This program encores Saturday, Jan. 18 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3:00 pm. You may also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, http://www.pbshawaii.org/hikino