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What I Learned: Waianae High School



Waianae High School juniors Jaena Campos and Chrisann Rabanes, along with senior Mahealani Nieto-Lopes, discuss what they learned from working together on the HIKI NŌ story “Parental Guidance Required”, about a female wrestler’s conflicts with her overbearing, former wrestler father. Jaena was the camera operator, Chrisann was a co-writer, and Mahealani was the editor. Media teacher John Allen III also comments on what he felt his students learned from the experience.



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What I Learned: Kalani High School



Kalani High School juniors Anya Carroll and Arron Nie discuss what they learned from working together on the HIKI NŌ story about The Canvas—a place where students from all schools can get together and interact. Anya was the co-writer, co-editor, and reporter on the story. Arron was also a co-writer and co-editor. Kalani High School HIKI NŌ teacher Anne Torige also comments on what she feels her students learned from the experience.



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What I Learned: Waianae Intermediate School



Waianae Intermediate School 8th graders Amee Neves and Fabryanna Manumaleuna discuss what they learned from working together on the HIKI NŌ story “A Home for Larenzo” about a student leader at the Waianae Boys & Girls club who was found out to be homeless but currently has a home. Amee was the reporter and editor on the story. Fabryanna was co-editor and worked on the crew. Media teacher Luane Higuchi comments on what she felt her students learned from the HIKI NŌ experience.



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HIKI NŌ: What I Learned

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HIKI NŌ (which is the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do”) is a PBS Hawai‘i Learning Initiative that mentors middle and high schoolers from public, charter, and private schools throughout the state of Hawai‘i as they create PBS-quality video stories about themselves and their communities. Stories that meet PBS standards are compiled into a weekly half-hour program that airs statewide on PBS Hawai‘i and worldwide on


Through the rigorous, trial-and-error process of creating a story that meets PBS standards, students learn the following survival skills for the 21st century: critical thinking and problem-solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence; agility and adaptability; initiative and entrepreneurialism; effective oral and written communication; accessing and analyzing information; curiosity and imagination.


The completed HIKI NŌ stories show only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to revealing the students’ overall learning experience. To help illuminate the process, PBS Hawai‘i has produced short, “What I Learned” mini-docs about what students experienced during the production of selected HIKI NŌ stories. To view these “What I Learned” mini-docs and their corresponding HIKI NŌ stories, click on the school names below.


PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 708 | What I Learned | Sacred Hearts Academy

What I Learned: Sacred Hearts Academy

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PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 708 | What I Learned | Waianae Intermediate School

What I Learned: Waianae Intermediate School

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PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 709 | What I Learned | Kalani High School

What I Learned: Kalani High School

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PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 710 | What I Learned | Waianae High School

What I Learned: Waianae High School

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PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 711 | What I Learned | Saint Francis School

What I Learned: Saint Francis School

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PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 712 | What I Learned | Aliamanu Middle School

What I Learned: Aliamanu Middle School

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To see our full “What I Learned” series playlist, click here.


Challenging Waianae father-daughter relationship featured on PBS Hawaii’s HIKI NŌ

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HONOLULU, HI – A father-daughter relationship of the “tough love” kind will be featured on HIKI NŌ, Thurs., Jan. 28 at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawaii.


Waianae High School students bring us the story of young wrestler Anuhea Hamilton and her challenging relationship with her father, Kimo Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton, a former wrestler himself, admits to pushing Anuhea hard so he can prepare his daughter for life after school. “It’s a cruel world out there,” he says. and daughter often disagree and butt heads. However, Mr. Hamilton says: “There’s a difference between overbearing and old school. I’m old school.” In the end, father and daughter both come to the realization that their differences stem from a place of love and mutual respect.


Waipahu Intermediate School students host this episode, which will also feature these stories:

  • Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai tell the story of student Haley Gokan and her dog Harley, who has difficulty walking because of Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. Haley designed and built a wheelchair for Harley, giving him more mobility.
  • Students at Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle tell us about a faith-based meals program, Feed My Sheep, that is helping the needy on the Valley Isle.
  • Students from Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu report on loopholes retailers are finding in Oahu’s plastic bag ban. Another story from the HIKI NŌ archives by H.P. Baldwin High School shows how retailers on Maui found innovative substitutes for plastic bags after Maui’s ban went into effect.
  • Students from Molokai High School tell us about a new program at their school called Text-A-Tip that helps students anonymously report suspicious activities on campus

This episode will be posted online after the broadcast premiere:


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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Phone: 808.973.1383


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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.


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.


Hosted by Farrington High School


This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by students from Farrington High School on Oahu.

Top Story:
Students from Iolani School on Oahu tell the story of a young Iolani graduate who, despite becoming a quadruple amputee due to a devastating disease, continues to live life with grace and appreciation. She visits her alma mater, sharing her inspiring message of perseverance.

Also Featured:
Students at Maui Waena Intermediate School on Maui explore the controversy surrounding  the construction of a new Central Maui Sports Complex; students at Kainalu Elementary School on Oahu profile a Kailua woman who shares the art of ribbon-lei-making with people from around the world; students at Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu show how science and spiritualism are coming to the aid of a historic Waikiki icon – the Moana Hotel’s majestic banyan tree; students at Lahainaluna High School on Maui share the story of a Lahaina woman who proudly maintains her Hawaiian heritage through pa’u riding; students at Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island spotlight a locally owned surf company in Kapaa, Kauai that gives back by supporting the community’s sports teams.



Outstanding Stories from Winter Quarter


This look back at some of the outstanding HIKI NŌ stories from the winter quarter of the 2014/2015 school year is hosted by two former HIKI NŌ interns, Akane Kashiwazaki and Terrence Nahina, now students at the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media.


Featured in this compilation show are:
A story from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui about McKayla Wandell, who grew up with a meth-addicted father and now uses what she has learned from that experience to help other teens cope with similar hardships through her talks at Maui TEDx conferences; a story from Wheeler Middle School on Oahu about eighth-grader Macy Walters’ quest to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, despite (and because of) the fact that she suffers from a rare autoimmune disease; a report from Moanalua High School on Oahu about why Hawaii’s high school students consume so much caffeine; a personal profile from King Intermediate School on Oahu about Aisha Yamamoto, a King Intermediate seventh-grader who loves using her skills as a DJ to get kids moving on the dance floor; a point-of-view report from Hoku Subiono of Kua o ka La PCS Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy on Hawaii Island in which turns the lens on the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project on Mauna Kea and his own struggles to reconcile his love of science with his Hawaiian heritage; a profile from Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu about Shardenei Luning, a young woman who finds similarities between her lives as a beauty pageant contestant and Pop Warner football player; and from Campbell High School on Oahu, the story of dancer Christian Jacob Nguyen, who uses his art-form to cope with the trauma of his parents’ divorce.


This program encores Saturday, Aug. 8 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, Aug. 9 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


2015 HIKI NŌ Award Nominees

Best Personal Profile – Middle School Division

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School – “Papa Fu”  (Kauai)

Kapaa Middle School – “Fire Knife Dancer”  (Kauai)

King Intermediate School – “DJ Aisha”  (Oahu)

Lahaina Intermediate School – “Security Guard”  (Maui)

Seabury Hall Middle School – “Marching Band Director”  (Maui)



Best Personal Profile – High School Division

Campbell High School – “Dancing Teen”   (Oahu)

Hana K-12 School – “Songbird of Hana”  (Maui)

Iolani School – “Summer Kozai”   (Oahu)

Kealakehe High School – “Red Cross Volunteer”  (Hawaii Island)

Mid-Pacific Institute – “Mark Yamanaka”  (Oahu)



Best Home-Base School – Middle School Division

Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle  (Maui)

Kapaa Middle School  (Kauai)

Punahou Middle School  (Oahu)



Best Home-Base School – High School Division

Island School  (Kauai)

Kaiser High School  (Oahu)

Kua o ka La Public Charter School Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy  (Hawaii Island)

Leilehua High School  (Oahu)

Mid-Pacific Institute (Oahu)



Best News Writing – Middle School Division

Aliamanu Middle School – “Ms. Lee Loy” (Oahu)

Ewa Makai Middle School – “Tech P.E.”  (Oahu)

Hongwanji Mission School – “Father Coach”  (Oahu)

Maui Waena Intermediate School – “Sports Complex”  (Maui)



Best News Writing – High School Division

Kalaheo High School – “Battery 405”  (Oahu)

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama – “Never Alone Video Game”  (Oahu)

Kua o ka La Public Charter School Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy – “Mauna Kea TMT”  (Hawaii Island)

Maui High School – “All Pono Sports” (Maui)

Waimea High School – “Historic Waimea Theater” (Kauai)



Best Cinematography (High School and Middle School Combined)

Island School – “Champion Body Boarder”  (Kauai)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy – “Waipio Valley Taro” (Hawaii Island)

Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle – “Kula Farmer”  (Maui)

Kapaa High School – “Kauai Juice Company”  (Kauai)

Maui High School – “School Safety” (Maui)

Waiakea High School – “Two Ladies Kitchen”  (Hawaii Island)

Waianae High School – “Water Safety Heroes” (Oahu)

Waipahu High School – “Following Victoria Cuba” (Oahu)



Best Overall Story – Middle School Division

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School – “Plantation Coffee Company”  (Kauai)

Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School – “Kaahaaina’s Thanksgiving” (Oahu)

Maui Waena Intermediate School – “Community Service” (Maui)

Waianae Intermediate School – “Beauty and the Beast”  (Oahu)

Wheeler Middle School – “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”  (Oahu)



Best Overall Story – High School Division

H.P. Baldwin High School – “Anti-Meth Teen”  (Maui)

Konawaena High School – “Sticking With Lacrosse” (Hawaii Island)

Maui High School – “Avalon Angel of ALS”  (Maui)

Waiakea High School – “ACL Injuries”  (Hawaii Island)

Waianae High School – “Stressed Athlete”  (Oahu)

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