This is the first all-Maui HIKI NŌ show ― the first episode in which all the stories come from schools on one island. The episode is being hosted by all seven of the participating schools on Maui: H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Maui High School in Kahului, Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina, Maui Waena Intermediate in Kahului, Seabury Hall Middle School in Makawao, Lahaina Intermediate in Lahaina, and Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School in Pukalani.
Students from Maui High School report on the very complex and divisive issue of cane-burning in their community. Maui’s Hawaiian Cane and Sugar is the last producing sugar mill in Hawaii, and it still utilizes the 132-year-old process of cane-burning. Many residents support HC&S because it provides jobs and is the last hold-out for Hawaii’s all-but-dead plantation culture. But some community organizations, such as Maui Tomorrow, have strong concerns about the health hazards caused by the cane-burning smoke and claim it increases the number of respiratory problems among residents in the area. Increased diligence with weather forecasts and introducing a non-burning “green” method of harvesting are two ways of minimizing the impact of sugar harvesting on residents. The journalists at Maui High study how different sectors of the community are working together to try to resolve the problem.
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate look into why construction on their new science building, whose funding was approved by the state legislature in 2007, has yet to start; Lahainaluna High School highlights the annual celebration of their most famous graduate, Hawaiian scholar David Malo; students from Seabury Hall Middle School profile a young female rodeo star; H.P. Baldwin High School studies how running a small business, the 4 Sisters Bakery, can put a strain on a family; students at Lahaina Intermediate profile a man who has been the school’s crossing guard for two generations; and Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle tells about the history and values of the Nobriga family’s Maui Soda and Ice Works.
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