This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu.
Students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island follow community organizations’ efforts to eradicate the coqui frog from Waimea. The coqui are native to Puerto Rico but have infested 60,000 acres on Hawaii Island. Known for the deafening sounds created by large concentrations of the frogs, the noise from coqui has been recorded at levels as high as 70 decibels in areas such as Pahoa. The highest concentrations of coqui have been found in the eastern part of the island, but recent infestations in Waimea have prompted community groups there to take matters into their own hands, using methods of eradication approved and recommended by the EPA.
Plus, students from Campbell High School on Oahu tell the story of a Campbell student originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who found his voice in Hawaii though jazz saxophone.
Students from Roosevelt High School report on Hawaiian plant preservation efforts at Papahaka Kuaola in Kaneohe; students from Waipahu High School on Oahu tell the story of a vision-impaired student who was born with the musical gift of perfect pitch; students from Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island profile a teacher who discovered, while surfing, that she is afflicted with a deadly heart condition usually found in infants; students from St. Andrew’s Priory on Oahu tell the story of a female student from Beijing, China who started a new chapter in her life by entering St. Andrew’s; and students from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu fill us in on a new book about Queen Liliuokalani.
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