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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

 

HIKI NŌ
Episode #803

 

TOP STORY:
Students from H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Maui tell the story of Karina Bhattacharya, a young artist diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Bi-polar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Although her condition has presented Karina with many challenges, she tries to keep a positive outlook. Studies have shown that one silver-lining of bi-polar disorder is its possible link to increased creativity. Karina feels that it has had a positive effect on her painting. “I could see everything the way it was,” says Karina, “and I even started noticing small details. I noticed that my paintings became more vivid. I use new colors…” The ability to express herself through her art has also helped Karina deal with her disorder.

 

ALSO FEATURED:
Students at Maui High School in Kahului tell the story of a young man who restored his religious beliefs by organizing musical events for a faith-based community organization.

 

Students from Pacific Buddhist Academy on O‘ahu demonstrate the steps involved in a traditional Buddhist incense ritual.

 

The journalists from Mililani Middle School in Central O‘ahu highlight the efforts of fellow students who are restoring ancient Hawaiian fishing areas around Mokauea Island in the airport industrial area.

 

Students from Kaua‘i High School in Lihu‘e show us the ins and outs of a bio-mass plant on the Garden Isle.

 

And the students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kaua‘i show us how a family that drag races together, stays together.

 

This program encores Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 



HIKI NŌ
Episode #720

 

This special edition of HIKI NŌ highlights some of the best stories from the spring quarter of the 2015-16 school year. The show is hosted by Waianae High School Class of 2016 graduate and HIKI NŌ standout Crystal Cebedo, who will be attending Menlo College in Atherton, California on a full scholarship. Besides introducing seven outstanding stories, Crystal takes us on her HIKI NŌ journey – from her Waianae Intermediate School story about dealing with her mother’s terminal cancer, to learning leadership skills on her Waianae High School HIKI NŌ productions.

 

The outstanding HIKI NŌ stories in this compilation show include:

 

“Opelu Fishing” from Kua o ka La Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy on Hawaii Island: a look at traditional and sustainable Hawaiian opelu fishing in the remote South Kona fishing village of Milolii.

 

“K-9 Search and Rescue” from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai: a feature on how Kauai’s canine search and rescue team takes the bond between man and man’s best friend to new heights.

 

“Hawaiian Steel Guitar” from Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School in Nanakuli, Oahu: a history of the invention and promotion of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar by Joseph Kekuku of Laie, Oahu.

 

“Without Home” from Waianae High School in West Oahu: a look at a self-managed, self-governed homeless encampment in Waianae and how its residents have developed a broader, more universal definition of home.

 

“Haleakala Mules” from Seabury Hall Middle School on Maui: a nuts and bolts look at how a mule team gets important environmental work done deep in Haleakala National Park.

 

“Laurie Rubin” from Hongwanji Mission School on Oahu: the story of accomplished singer, teacher and theatrical producer/director Laurie Rubin, who dispels many of the myths about how blind people (of which she is one) navigate through life.

 

“Life After Sugar” from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui: Conversations with two employees of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. – the last sugar mill in Hawaii – whose upcoming closing will mark the end of the Hawaii’s sugar industry. The two employees, whose families have worked at HC&S for generations, reminisce about the past and speculate on their future.

 

This episode congratulates all 2016 High School graduates who participated in HIKI NŌ and recognizes each of them in the credits.

 

This program encores Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

HIKI NŌ
Top Story: H.P. Baldwin High School – HC&S (Hawaii Commercial and Sugar) employees

 

TOP STORY:

 

Students from H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Maui present poignant portraits of two long-time HC&S (Hawaii Commercial and Sugar) employees: machinist Wes Bissen and millwright Koa Martin. HC&S is the last remaining sugar mill in Hawaii and will be closing at the end of 2016. The mill opened 144 years ago. The closure will result in 675 employees losing their jobs.

 

Martin’s father and grandfather worked for HC&S before him. Bissen started working at HC&S in 1981. His father was also a machinist for the company. The two reflect on their careers at HC&S and their families’ histories with the company. They also discuss the state funds being allotted to help the laid off workers through the transition. Says Bissen, “You know, it’s sad that they’re going to close, but we’re all big boys. We’ve got to focus on how it’s going to affect everybody and just try to build a better life from here on.”

 

ALSO FEATURED:

 

Students from Kapolei High School on Oahu tell the story of their annual basketball event for Best Buddies, a program that helps to integrate students with intellectual and mental disabilities into the social fabric of the school.

 

Students from Aliamanu Middle School in the Salt Lake district of Oahu take us behind the scenes of their school’s nerve center – the front office.

 

Students from Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle introduce us to a surfer- turned-chef who runs the popular Like Poke food truck on Maui.

 

Students from Kapaa Middle School on Kauai tell us about a community organization that feels they have one solution to Kauai’s feral cat problem.

 

And students from Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului, Maui show us how a married couple is living out its golden years at a Maui senior day care center.

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Mililani High School in Central Oahu.

 

This program encores Saturday, July 2 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, July 3 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

HIKI NŌ
Hongwanji Mission School

 

TOP STORY

 

Students from Mid-Pacific in the Manoa district of Oahu tell how former UH Warrior assistant football coach and former NFL player Rich Miano devoted his life to exceling in football as a reaction to the tragic death of his brother Robert Miano. Soon after the Miano family moved to Hawaii from Massachusetts, a teenaged Robert Miano lost his footing on an ocean cliff in Portlock, injured his head and passed away. Says Rich, “We [he and Robert] shared the same room, we played the same sports, we walked home together. We were inseparable. He was my best friend.” To honor the memory of his brother, Rich wore Robert’s jersey number (38) throughout his career and channeled his inspiration into tremendously successful careers as a player and coach.

 

ALSO FEATURED:

 

Students from Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu explore the challenges of moms deployed for military duty abroad.

 

As a companion piece to this story, we turn to the HIKI NŌ archives for a past story from Kainalu Elementary School in Windward Oahu about programs that help elementary school children deal with the trauma of separation from their deployed parents.

 

Students from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui profile teenaged artist Sofia Bews, whose artwork has been featured in the prestigious online and print publication Rookie Mag.

 

Students at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island tell the story of the Annual BK Fun Run, held in honor of HPA alumna Bieni Kohler Johnson, who passed away from breast cancer.

 

Students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai tell the story of basketball coach Clarence Sales. Clarence became paralyzed from the waist down as the result of an injury sustained in a fight. Rather than giving up on life, Clarence decided to use his experience in overcoming adversity to teach valuable life lessons to his players.

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Hongwanji Mission School in the Nuuanu district of Honolulu.

 

This program encores Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.


HIKI NŌ
Hosted by Waipahu Intermediate School

 

TOP STORY:

 

Students from Waianae High School present their story, titled “Parental Guidance Required,” about Waianae High School wrestler Anuhea Hamilton and her challenging relationship with her father, Kimo Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is a former wrestler and plays a major role in Anuhea’s development in the sport. He admits to pushing her hard, all in the interest of preparing his daughter for life after high school because, as he says, “it’s a cruel world out there.” Father and daughter often disagree and butt heads. Mr. Hamilton points out, however, “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.

 

ALSO FEATURED:

 

Students from Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu report on loopholes retailers are finding in Oahu’s plastic bag ban.

 

In contrast, a story from the HIKI NŌ archives by H.P. Baldwin High School shows how retailers on Maui found innovative substitutes for plastic bags after their island’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.

 

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 Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai tell the amazing story of a Chiefess student, Haley Gokan, and her dog Harley, who has difficulty walking because of his Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. Haley took it upon herself to design and build a wheelchair for Harley, which gives him a great deal more mobility.

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Waipahu Intermediate School on Oahu.

 

This program encores Saturday, March 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 



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 Leilehua High School on Oahu

 

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
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, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

HIKI NŌ
hosted by Kaiser High School

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Kaiser High School in East Oahu.

 

Top Story:
Moanalua High School in the Salt Lake district of Oahu presents a story on Moanalua history teacher Cris Pasquil, who uses non-traditional activities like group projects, skits and even music to instill a love of learning in his students. He draws inspiration from his own experience learning hula under kumu hula Robert Cazimero and his halau’s recent victory at the esteemed Merrie Monarch Festival.

 

Also Featured:
H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui profiles 2014 Baldwin graduate Marcus Chambers, who has already achieved success as a surf videographer. What started off as a hobby for Marcus has led to nominations at international award competitions, thanks to the growing importance of video and social media in the world of professional surfing.

 

Waipahu High School on Oahu features a follow-up story on Victoria Cuba. We first met Victoria last season as a senior at Waipahu High School, when she opened up about being homeless. Now, she attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa on a full scholarship and interns at PBS Hawaii. No longer homeless, she resides in a UH dorm, but admits that the transition has had its challenges.

 

Waianae High School in West Oahu tells us about a new mode of transportation for some of their campus staff. With 40 acres and nearly 2,000 students to care for, Waianae High School’s security guards have a lot of ground to cover. The department recently acquired bicycles as a healthier, more cost-effective mode of transportation. The change is slowly spreading throughout the school.

 

Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island shows how their school is developing one of only two high school lacrosse teams on the island. Konawaena teacher Daniel Curran is on a mission to make lacrosse a mainstream sport in Hawaii. Starting a team has many unique challenges, but students say the benefits are worth it.

 

Mililani Middle School in Central Oahu profiles the rock band EMKE.

 

This program encores Saturday, June 20 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, June 21 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.