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2017 HIKI NŌ AWARDS RESULTS

HIKI NŌ Awards Nominees March 23, 2017

 

The 2017 HIKI NŌ Awards

PBS Hawai‘i recognizes exceptional storytelling skills of middle and high school students throughout our Islands who participate in HIKI NŌ, our statewide digital learning initiative and student news program.

 

The nominees were chosen from HIKI NŌ shows that aired during the 2015-2016 school year and the Fall Semester of this current school year. You can view each nominated piece by clicking on its name in the list below. (You can also watch the nominated projects, by category, Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at noon, and Sundays at 3:00 pm on PBS Hawai’i.)

 

This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are indicated below. Winning stories, as well as highlights from this year’s awards celebrations, will be featured on our two-part 2017 HIKI NŌ Awards Show, Thursday, March 23 and Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawai‘i. Congratulations to all nominees and winners – and mahalo to all the students, teachers and mentors who help make HIKI NŌ a success in our public, private and charter schools throughout Hawai‘i.

 


 

BEST PERSONAL PROFILE — MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

Aliamanu Middle School (O‘ahu) – “Homeschooled Student” SILVER

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Moses Hamilton” GOLD

Hongwanji Mission School (O‘ahu) – “Laurie Rubin” BRONZE

Kapaʻa Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Joe Young”

Seabury Hall Middle School (Maui) – “John Plunkett”

 

BEST PERSONAL PROFILE — HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

H.P. Baldwin High School (Maui) – “Bipolar Artist”

James Campbell High School (O‘ahu) – “Miracle Baby” GOLD

Maui High School (Maui) – “Marc Unites”

Mid-Pacific (O‘ahu) – “Ukulele Hale” BRONZE

Wai‘anae High School (O‘ahu) – “Living With Pain” SILVER

 

BEST WRITING — MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

Aliamanu Middle School (O‘ahu) – “Front Office”

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “K-9 Search & Rescue” GOLD

Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle (Maui) – “Feed My Sheep”

Kapaʻa Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Love Laundry” BRONZE

Lahaina Intermediate School (Maui) – “Airconditioning”

Mililani Middle School (O‘ahu) – “Mokauea Island” SILVER

 

BEST WRITING — HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Kapolei High School (O‘ahu) – “Best Buddies Basketball”

Kaua‘i High School (Kaua‘i) – “Biomass” GOLD

Kua O Ka La Miloli‘i Hipu‘u Virtual Academy PCS (Hawai‘i Island) – “Opelu Fishing” BRONZE

Sacred Hearts Academy (O‘ahu) – “Text Neck” SILVER

Saint Francis School (O‘ahu) – “Lucy’s Lab Creamery”

Waiakea High School (Hawai‘i Island) – “Cosplay”

 

BEST OVERALL STORY — MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Dog Wheelchair”

Kapaʻa Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Firefighter”

Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao PCS (O‘ahu) – “Steel Guitar” BRONZE

Seabury Hall Middle School (Maui) – “Haleakala Mules” SILVER

Wai‘anae Intermediate School (O‘ahu)– “A Home For Larenzo” GOLD

 

BEST OVERALL STORY — HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

H.P. Baldwin High School (Maui) – “Life After Sugar”

Kapa‘a High School (Kaua‘i) – “Iloreta Brothers” GOLD

Konawaena High School (Hawai‘i Island) – “A Love Story”

Maui High School (Maui) – “Deaf Cheerleader” BRONZE

Waiʻanae High School (O‘ahu) – “Without Home” SILVER

 

BEST FRANCHISE PIECE

Hana K-12 (Maui) – “Ti Leaf Print”

Kalani High School (O‘ahu) – “Thaumatrope”

Kapa‘a Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “10 Things To Do When You’re NOT On Your Smartphone” GOLD

Kaua‘i High School (Kaua‘i) – “Hurricane Protection” BRONZE

Moloka‘i High School (Moloka‘i) “Text-A-Tip

Pacific Buddhist Academy (O‘ahu) – “Offering Incense” SILVER

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING

Kapa‘a Middle School (Kaua‘i) – “Junior Lifeguard”

Maui High School (Maui) – “Tourette” GOLD

Moanalua High School (O‘ahu) – “Equestrian” SILVER

Sacred Hearts Academy (O‘ahu) – “IUCN”

Wai‘anae High School (O‘ahu) – “Parental Guidance Required” BRONZE

 

BEST FACTOID

Hana K-12  (Maui) – “School History”

Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy (Hawai‘i Island) – “Solar Trees” GOLD

Konawaena High School (Hawai‘i Island) – “Wildcats”

Mililani High School (O‘ahu) – “Red Dirt” BRONZE

President William McKinley High School (O‘ahu) – “School Spirit” SILVER

 

Competition and camaraderie, through the eyes of Kaua‘i students

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“ALOHA ATLANTA: HIKI NŌ AT THE STUDENT TELEVISION NETWORK COMPETITION”
PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 15 AT 7:30 PM ON PBS HAWAI‘I

 

HONOLULU, HI – For a student from Kaua‘i, what’s it like to compete against other teenagers across the country, on the other side of the country? This experience is captured in a new PBS Hawai‘i documentary. Aloha Atlanta: HIKI NŌ at the Student Television Network Competition premieres Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawai‘i. It will be online at pbshawaii.org after the broadcast premiere.

 

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students are elated after learning they took first place in the Middle School PSA category at the Student Television Network Convention last March in Atlanta, GA. Photo: PBS Hawai‘iChiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students are elated after learning they took first place in the Middle School PSA category at the Student Television Network Convention last March in Atlanta, GA. Photo: PBS Hawai‘i

 

The half-hour documentary follows students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, as they compete at the Student Television Network Convention, held last March in Atlanta, GA. Over three days, several thousand middle and high school students from across the U.S. compete in deadline-intensive competitions in digital media categories such as news stories, anchor presentations, short films and public service announcements.

 

For the past few years, Hawai‘i schools have been the ones to beat at the annual convention. Last March, participating Hawai‘i schools took home 34 awards, including 14 first-place trophies, after competing against students from states including California, New York and Florida.

 

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School teacher Kevin Matsunaga (in blue shirt) looks on as his students scramble to meet a deadline. Photo: PBS Hawai‘i

 

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School teacher Kevin Matsunaga (in blue shirt) looks on as his students scramble to meet a deadline. Photo: PBS Hawai‘i

 

The Hawai‘i schools are also in PBS Hawai‘i’s statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ. “Hitting the HIKI NŌ standard really helps with hitting the STN standards,” says Chiefess student Kaycee Nakashima. “With HIKI NŌ, they expect you to put out your best.”

 

The documentary follows the students as they’re under intense stress to meet on-site competition deadlines. “In the last minutes, everyone’s screaming at each other,” says Chiefess seventh grader Taylor Nishimoto. “That’s when all of the nerves come out and we’re all just exploding.”

 

The program also highlights the camaraderie between the Hawai‘i schools, the only state that sits together at the awards ceremony. “If another school from Hawai‘i beats us, they’re still our family, and we still cheer them on,” Taylor says.

 

“We are all from Hawai‘i,” says Chiefess eighth grader Kallen Wachi. “We are all as one team.”

 

The students say that the reasons they attend the STN Convention extend beyond competition. “It’s the many wonderful life’s lessons you can learn from this challenge,” says Kaycee. “You learn how to handle stress, you learn how to work with others and cooperate with them.”

 

“Getting along is really important,” says Chiefess eighth grader Nicole Matsushige. “Later on in life, I’m gonna have to know how to work with my co-workers and other people.”

 

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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.462.5030

 

PBS Hawai‘i is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawai‘i’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i to the world. PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii

 

HIKI NO
Focus on Local Business

 

This episode, hosted by HIKI NŌ graduate Shisa Kahaunaele, looks back at past stories about Hawaii-based, locally-run businesses:

 

–A story from Maui High School about a grocer in Happy Valley, Maui who has figured out how to use the influx of big-box retailers to his advantage.

 

–A profile from Waimea High School on Kauai about a successful t-shirt artist who grew up in Waimea so poor that all he could afford to wear were t-shirts.

 

— A history by Seabury Hall Middle School about the iconic, family-run Komoda Bakery in Makawao.

 

— A story from Roosevelt High School on Oahu about a café that sells slow-drip coffee but whose real draw is the unrushed, face-to-face interaction between its customers.

 

— A study from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle of Maui Soda & Ice Works and the strong set of family values that has made that business a success.

 

— A story from Kalaheo High School on Oahu about a chocolate manufacturer in Kailua whose product bears the name of a valley in Honolulu (Manoa Chocolates) and that uses cacao beans from all over the world.

 

— A profile from Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island about a family-founded -and-run hotel that is nearing a hundred years of age and whose success can be attributed to the allure of nostalgia and a great pork chop.

 

This program encores Saturday, July 16 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, July 17 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

HIKI NŌ: Maui teen with Tourette Syndrome returns to public school with confidence

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HIKI NŌ episode 709: Bristyl, a Maui Teen that suffers from Tourette Syndrome.

After a year of being home-schooled, a Maui teen with Tourette Syndrome re-enters public school with more confidence. This report from Maui High School students will be featured on HIKI NŌ, premiering Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawaii.

 

Bristyl Dempsey, 13, was diagnosed with the neurological disorder while she was in intermediate school. Classmates teased Bristyl because of her tics, and one teacher thought she was intentionally misbehaving in class.

 

Because of these difficulties, Bristyl’s mother had her home-schooled for a year. Bristyl’s symptoms improved through therapies such as meditation. Upon returning to public school, Bristyl aspires to be a cheerleader.

 

Ewa Makai Middle School students on West Oahu host this episode, which will also feature these stories:

 

  • Students from Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu profile ukulele phenom Jody Kamisato, who chose the high risk/high reward route of opening his own music school over the option of being an employee of someone else’s school.
  • Students from Wheeler Middle School on Central Oahu offer tips on how to prepare an emergency kit in the event of a hurricane.
  • Students from Kalani High Schoolin East Honolulu introduce us to The Canvas, a student designed, student run work/play space in Kalihi.
  • In keeping with the theme of students creating their own venues of expression, we take a look at a past HIKI NŌ story from Maui Waena Intermediate Schoolabout a high school student who created a youth version of TEDx, global events that promotes “ideas worth spreading.”
  • Students from Kapolei High Schoolon West Oahu tell the story of a youth volunteer at the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a no-kill animal shelter.

 

This episode will be posted online after the broadcast premiere: pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

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For questions regarding this press release
Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

PBS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world. PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii

 

HIKI NŌ: Cerebral palsy doesn’t dampen Kauai brothers’ love for running

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Jason brings his brother, Joshua Iloreta along with him in a marathon. A featured story on HIKI NŌ Episode 708 hosted by McKinley High School.

HONOLULU, HI – Joshua Iloreta has cerebral palsy, and with his brother Jason’s help, they’ve worked out a way to continue enjoying a sport they love: long-distance running. This report from Kapaa High School students on Kauai is highlighted on the mid-season premiere of HIKI NŌ, premiering Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawaii.

 

Right: Joshua Iloreta, seated, has cerebral palsy. With his brother Jason pushing his wheelchair, they compete in long-distance running races together.

 

Jason pushes Joshua in a race-designed wheelchair as he runs. Their participation in long-distance races is part of an awareness campaign the brothers started, called “I Am My Ability, I Am Not My Disability.” Their intent is to spread awareness that cerebral palsy does not impair people’s cognition and intelligence and that they can lead fulfilling and productive lives with the condition. Their goal is to someday do a full marathon together.

 

McKinley High School students host this episode of HIKI NŌ. Also featured on this episode:

 

  • Students from Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu tell the story of Lorenzo Taguro-Bear, an outgoing young leader who, unbeknownst to his peers and advisors at the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, used to live in a homeless encampment in Waianae.
  • Students from Kapaa Middle School on Kauai present a primer on how to make friends.
  • Students at Sacred Hearts Academy in Kaimuki feature their science teacher Erin Flynn, who inspires her students to shatter the stereotype that science is for boys.
  • Expanding on the theme of breaking gender-based stereotypes, we revisit a story from the HIKI NŌ archives by Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu about a girls’ flight school.
  • Students from Seabury Hall Middle School on Maui feature John Plunkett, who tells the heartfelt story of his family’s deep connection to their homeland of Kihei, Maui.

 

This episode will be posted online after the broadcast premiere: pbshawaii.org/hikino

 

Download this Press Release

 

For questions regarding this press release
Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

PBS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world. PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii

 

HIKI NŌ
2015 Awards
Special Edition

 

This special edition of HIKI NŌ recognizes all of the nominees for the 2015 HIKI NŌ Awards and shows the winning stories and vignettes in each category in both Middle School and High School divisions.

 

This program encores Saturday, Oct. 10 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

HIKI NŌ 2015 Awards Ceremony

 

Welcome to the HIKI NŌ 2015 Awards Ceremony, and thank you for joining us! In this special live-streamed presentation, Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii and Donna Tanoue, President of Bank of Hawaii Foundation; HIKI NŌ’s founding broadcast underwriter, will present the winners from the list of nominees, as seen at the HIKI NŌ Festival screenings.

 

HIKI NŌ
Hosted by Kapaa Middle School on Kauai

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Leilehua High School on Oahu.

 

Top Story:
Students from Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu tell the story of Shardenei Luning, who has been competing in beauty pageants since the age of four and now shines as the only female member of the Waianae Tigers Junior Midgets Pop Warner football team. When confronted by a bully on the team, Shardenei learns to hold her own with both grace and grit.

 

Also Featured:
Students from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui profile senior McKayla Wandell, who uses her story of growing up with a methamphetamine-addicted father to teach others about the dangers of the drug; students from King Intermediate School on Oahu feature how seventh-grader Aisha Yamamoto fell in love with being a disc jockey and now spins at all the school dances; students from Punahou School on Oahu highlight how freshman Kahi Bisho is combining his love of the ocean and photography into an artistic venture; students from Kealakehe High School in Kona profile Cathy Lewis, who is the longest active Red Cross volunteer in Hawaii County and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in Hawaii County; and students from Waimea High School on Kauai turn the spotlight on the reopening of historic Waimea Theater, which has found new life as a community gathering place.

 

HIKI NŌ
Hosted by Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Kamehameha Schools – Maui Middle School on Maui.

 

Top Story:
Students from Roosevelt High School on Oahu highlight the December 2014 inauguration of Governor David Ige at the Hawaii State Capitol, focusing on his vision for public education in Hawaii. Several Roosevelt students comment on the Governor’s vision and offer their own insights on education.

 

Also Featured:
Students from Saint Francis School on Oahu, formerly a school for girls that recently welcomed its first male students, portray how senior Eislee Nakamasu lent his talents to transforming an annual student pageant into a shining, co-educational success; students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai showcase how Lanakila Kitchen in Lawai serves up good food while changing the lives of adults with disabilities;  students from Hana K-12 School on Maui tell the story of Megan Kalalau, a senior who does not let her blindness limit her dreams for the future; students at Wheeler Middle School on Oahu feature eighth-grader Macy Walters’ amazing trek to the top of Africa’s highest mountain to raise awareness of a rare autoimmune disease; and students from Island School on Kauai profile professional bodyboarder Dave Hubbard, capturing his thrilling rides on aerial video.

 

HIKI NŌ
Hosted by Kua o ka La Public Charter School

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is being hosted by Kua o ka La Public Charter School — Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy on Hawaii Island.

 

Top Story:
Students from Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu highlight a dialogue between Hawaii youth and global peace leaders Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Bruntland and Hina Jilani. The August 30, 2014, event, sponsored by Pillars of Peace Hawaii, an initiative of the Hawaii Community Foundation, gave students the opportunity to hear from and interact with three representatives from The Elders, a group that works collectively for peace and human rights. Aliamanu students also interviewed The Elders, inspiring reflections on what the middle schoolers learned and about their hopes for the future.

 

Also Featured:
Students at Moanalua High School on Oahu spotlight science whiz Dustin Paiea, who worked alongside University of Hawaii engineers to test graphene, a sustainable and highly conductive new material; students at Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island feature the friendships that blossomed when students from Kumejima Island in Okinawa attended Konawaena High School on Hawaii island for three weeks of cultural exchange; students at Saint Francis School on Oahu tell the story of Cathedral Catholic Academy principal Miguel Paekukui, who also shines as a veteran actor for Manoa Valley Theatre; students at Maui High School tell of a mother’s courageous battle with ALS and how her daughter’s school undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge in her honor; students at Wheeler Middle School on Oahu demonstrate how using Google docs can solve menu planning for any potluck; and students at Waianae High School on Oahu portray how a student struggling with diabetes has found strength through a new clinic’s peer support program.

 

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