The Canvas

HIKI NŌ
Episode #807 – What I Learned

 

Viewers enjoy watching the final, PBS Hawai‘i approved versions of HIKI NŌ stories, but very few have any idea what the students go through to develop their stories to the point where they meet PBS Hawai‘i’s stringent on-air standards. This special episode explores the students’ learning processes by presenting four previously-aired HIKI NŌ stories, followed by behind-the-scenes “What I Learned” mini-documentaries on the experiences of the students who created the stories.

 

The stories featured (along with their corresponding “What I Learned” vignettes) include:

 

–A workspace created by and for students called The Canvas (pictured), from Kalani High School (O‘ahu);

 

–A blind performing arts teacher, from Hongwanji Mission School (O‘ahu);

 

–A Kaua‘i food truck entrepreneur, from Kaua‘i High School;

 

–A Navy-veteran amputee who is learning to live with pain, from Wai‘anae High School (O‘ahu).

 

This special episode is hosted by Kalani High School Senior Anya Carroll and Hongwanji Mission School 7th grader Teo Fukamizu.

 

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

 


HIKI NŌ
Hosted by Ewa Makai Middle School

 

TOP STORY:
Students from Maui High School in Kahului tell the story of Bristyl Dempsey, a thirteen-year-old girl who suffers from Tourette Syndrome – a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Bristyl’s symptoms surfaced when she was in intermediate school. Her tics made her the target of teasing and ridicule by fellow students, and one teacher mistook Bristyl’s involuntary tics as intentional misbehaving in class. Given the pressures this caused, Bristyl’s mother thought it would be better for her daughter to be home-schooled. During her year of home-schooling, Bristyl’s symptoms improved with therapies such as meditation, and her self- esteem increased. She entered Maui High School this year as a freshman and looks forward to a mainstream school experience with her friends and extra-curricular activities such as cheerleading.

 

ALSO FEATURED:
Students from Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu 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 in Central Oahu offer tips on how to prepare an emergency kit in the event of a hurricane.

 

Students from Kalani High School in East Honolulu introduce us to The Canvas, a student-designed, student-run work/play space in Kalihi.

 

Continuing 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 School about a high school student who created a youth version of TEDex.

 

Students from Kapolei High School in Central Oahu tell the story of a youth volunteer at the no-kill animal shelter OSPCA (Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Ewa Makai Middle School.

 

This program encores Saturday, March 12 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 


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.

 

 

Interview Transcript