This special compilation show features outstanding HIKI NŌ stories from the Fall 2013 season, hosted by two students who were first exposed to HIKI NŌ in middle school and have continued working on HIKI NŌ in high school: Shisa Kahaunaele from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama (formerly from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai), and Caitlin Alvior from Mililani High School (formerly from Mililani Middle School).
Included are: A story from Waianae Intermediate School (Oahu) about a teacher who was being bullied by some of his students; a report from Konawaena High School (Hawaii Island) on a community-created mural that memorializes the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings; a portrait from Kainalu Elementary School (Oahu) of a man who overcame the stigma of birth defects to become a highly successful yo-yo master and entrepreneur; from Kalani High School (Oahu), a demonstration of how the deaf and blind utilize cards to cross the street; from Mililani High School and Middle School (Oahu), the story of a Honolulu-based organization that helps women filmmakers get their start in the industry; from Waipahu High School (Oahu), the story of a high school senior who doesn't let the fact that she is homeless get in the way of opportunities for learning and success; from Lahainaluna High School (Maui), the story of a high school senior who, with graduation imminent, must choose between going to college here in the U.S. or returning to her roots on a tiny Micronesian island that is gradually submerging due to the effects of global warming; a story from Waianae High School (Oahu)on the dangers of over-fishing our oceans; and a reporter from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai) on the overwhelming traffic gridlock on the Garden Isle.
This episode is hosted by Waialua High and Intermediate School on the North Shore of Oahu.
TOP STORIES: From Iolani School on Oahu, the story of Iolani coach/mentor Dominic Ahuna and his journey from the Honolulu underworld as a nightclub bouncer, to finding God, to returning to his alma mater to become a coach and founder of the Iolani Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Near the end of his career as a bouncer, Ahuna became embroiled in the illegal drug trade that went on at the nightclubs where he worked. At a point when he felt his life and the lives of his loved ones were about to be threatened by criminals, Ahuna believes that God spoke to him and told him he would be killed if he continued his current lifestyle.
Plus, Students from Hana K-12 School on Maui tell the story of their town's iconic Hasegawa General Store, a family run business that opened in 1910; suffered a devastating fire in 1989 (ruled as a case of arson) that forced them to change locations; to current plans to rebuild the store at its original location.
ALSO FEATURED: Saint Francis School on Oahu shares the story of one of its science teachers, David Rockholm, whose life was forever changed when he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Fiji; Ewa Makai Middle School on Oahu reports on a young student who had her head shaved bald as an act moral support for children with cancer; students from Kapaa Middle School on Kauai offer up five tips for making friends; and Mid Pacific Institute on Oahu tells how the Aina Haina crack seed store Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha survived the economic downturn with the help of a younger generation family member; students from Waimea Canyon Middle School on Kauai show us how to form a traditional Hawaiian salt bed.
This episode of HIKI NŌ is being hosted by Seabury Hall Middle School in upcounty Maui.
TOP STORIES: From Lahainaluna High School on Maui comes the story of Kimberly Yap, a senior at Lahainaluna who moved to Maui at age five from the small Micronesian island of Kiribati. With high school graduation in the near future, Kimberly faces the tough choice of either staying in the U.S. to go to college and pursue a career, or moving back to Kiribati and its very traditional way of life. According to Kimberly, Kiribati culture insists on women playing a supportive, subservient role to men. Careers and higher education are not considered proper choices for women, and Kimberly has aspirations for a professional career. Also adding to her conflicted emotions is the fact that Kiribati and its culture are in danger of extinction, as the island is gradually submerging due to rising sea levels caused by global warning. From King Kekaulike High School on Maui, the story of the Haku Baldwin Therapeutic Riding Center, where special needs children from ages 2 to 17 receive the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.
ALSO FEATURED: Also featured: Students from Waipahu Intermediate School in Central Oahu tell the story behind the Waipahu smokestack ( a remnant from Waipahu's sugar plantation days); Kauai's Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Public Charter School reports on an opihi survey that is charting of the effects of the human population on Kauai's opihi population; students from Kapolei High School on Oahu tell the story of a real-life circus family; students from Waimea Canyon Middle School on Kauai show us how to form a traditional Hawaiian salt bed; and students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea on Hawaii Island present information on ocean safety.
This episode of HIKI NŌ is being hosted by Nanakuli High and Intermediate School in West Oahu, with a special focus on their Nanakuli Performing Arts Company.
TOP STORIES: Students from Maui's H.P. Baldwin High School report on the electric vehicle revolution on the Valley Isle, with comments from the Maui Economic Development Bureau, current electric car owners, and manufacturers on why EVs make sense on an island like Maui. With Hawaii having the highest gas prices in the country and the state's push for sustainability, electric vehicles are growing as a viable alternative for Maui motorists. Students from Hilo High School on Hawaii Island tell the story of a girl who, while in middle school, was bullied by fellow students for an entire year. At her wit's end, she finally found solace by opening up to an adult on the school staff who had also been bullied as a child. By talking through her problems with this empathetic adult, the bullied girl was able to break the cycle and move on with her life.
ALSO FEATURED: The HIKI NŌ crew from Roosevelt High School on Oahu tells the story of a fellow student who, as the child of missionaries, grew up in far off lands and was witness to extreme poverty as a young child; students from Island School on Kauai follow a local rock band through their song-writing process; Lokelani Intermediate on Maui offers a video primer on shark safety; and students at Waipahu High School on Oahu tell the story of a female student who was once homeless and is now trying to make something of herself by taking college courses while still in high school.
TOP STORIES: Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle report on a group of volunteers who are reconstructing an ancient Hawaiian fish pond sea wall in Kihei. The volunteers are using the same process used by the thousands of ancient Hawaiians who built the original - using stones from the area and hand stacking them one stone at a time. The fishpond was originally built for Hawaiian alii (royalty). Once completed, the restored fishpond will be used as a model for the sustainable use of natural resources. Students from Kalaheo High School in Kailua on Oahu tell the story of a young teacher at their school who feels that her childhood dream of becoming a teacher was fulfilled because she attended the college of her choice and because she and her parents had a plan for how to finance her college tuition. Although she is still considerably in debt with outstanding student loans, she has no regrets and feels she and her parents made the right choices.
ALSO FEATURED: Students from Waimea High School on Kauai tell the story of a woman who is carrying on her father's legacy by continuing to operate his ice cream parlor in Waimea under the same name (Super Duper Ice Cream) and at the same location; Mililani Middle School on Oahu reports on a Hawaii organization that helps women filmmakers get established; Molokai High School students present a profile of a teacher at their school who was told early on in life that he would never amount to anything and went to college to prove his naysayers wrong; students from Sacred Hearts Academy on Oahu show us how to hike safely; students from Ka Waihona o ka Naauao in Nanakuli on Oahu paint a portrait of local chef Mark Kaahaaina, owner/operator of Kaahaaina Cafe in Waianae; and students from Waiakea High School in Hilo tell the story of a Thai immigrant whose success with her restaurant business has enabled her to move her children to Hilo to life with her