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HIKI NŌ High School Award Winners
The 2014 HIKI NŌ Awards recognized and honored the best HIKI NŌ stories from the 2013-2014 school
year. Last week, we featured this year's winners in the Middle School Division. In this episode,
we'll highlight the winners in the High School Division.
But first, let's take a look at the major event that led
up to the awards.
They say you're just a kid, to keep your head down and listen and learn what you're given.
But you have a story.
Bullying isn't acceptable.
With people and places, and feelings and faces, when all you have is a note. You have a story.
What culture do I live in?
In the late nights, the dark mornings, the minute you wake to the moment you nod, you
have a story. It's waiting for that frame, that bite, that perfect
line, that thousand-word picture.
My family and I, we are considered homeless.
And it's there.
We're all human beings, and we should all be treated equally.
You're a kid with a story. The world awaits.
A two-hour compilation of all stories nominated for 2014 HIKI NŌ Awards was screened for
the public in August at theaters on Maui, Kauai, Oahu,
and Hawaii Island in the First Annual HIKI NŌ Festival. It
gave students who had worked on nominated stories the chance to showcase their work
on the big screen for the people in their own communities.
Tonight is really a celebration of all the great work on HIKI NŌ. Are you ready to get
The screening at the Consolidated Ward Theaters on Oahu drew hundreds of HIKI NŌ students
and teachers. Also in attendance were industry
professionals and stakeholders in Hawaii education who
expressed how impressed they are with the quality of work they've seen on HIKI NŌ.
As someone who's a strong supporter of public schools, I think our students are brilliant.
And actually, the higher the standards that we create, the
more incredible pieces come out from these students. So, in
that sense, what I'm looking at when I watch HIKI NŌ, there are some that are just very,
very top-notch professional storytelling, one, and great
shooting and wonderful editing.
There has been so much wonderful talent coming out of all the schools. The kids have so many
great stories to tell, and they find a way to tell
stories that are true to themselves, that speak to the broadest
possible audience. So, I think it's wonderful that you folks have given them the platform
on which to show off their work.
I just think that it's such a good opportunity for students to be able to showcase their
work on, like, a local TV level, and that HIKI NŌ is actually putting
students' work out there so that all their stories can be
told. And they're giving us a voice so that we can speak on television.
I really feel having these talented kids who are vested in this community, and giving their
heart and soul to what they're doing, is what is going to
guarantee our future is going to look bright. And I can't say
enough about the inspiration that that gives me, because they're telling their stories.
You know, what's so amazing is the work that PBS Hawaii and the whole HIKI NŌ team has
done to take the level of what the students are doing
to a whole 'nother level. I think when I watch it, and when
other people watch it, you don't think you're watching some amateurs or some young people
do it. You just think of, like, these high quality, great
storytelling, compelling stories that are really emotionally,
like, gripping and grabbing your heart.
I think HIKI NŌ encourages a lot of pride in your community and your school, so you
tend to look for those stories, and you want to tell those
stories. I think that's what HIKI NŌ encourages students to do.
Less than a month after the HIKI NŌ Festival, the judging scores from a panel of broadcast
and journalism veterans have been tabulated. Then,
on September 17th, PBS Hawaii president and CEO
Leslie Wilcox and Bank of Hawaii Foundation president Donna Tanoue announced the winners
of the 2014 HIKI NŌ Awards in a live, online-only
awards ceremony on pbshawaii.org.
In this episode, we'll take a look at the nominees and winners in the High School Division
of each category.
The first award is for Best News Writing. And judging in this category was based on
the following criteria. Did they tell a compelling, well
thought-out story? Did they clearly present the information
needed for the viewer to understand that story and/or issue at hand?
If it was an issue-based story, did the reporter provide differing perspectives on that issue?
Did the story hold our interest, and did it end with a satisfying
or thought-provoking conclusion? Was it well-written?
The nominees for Best News Writing, High School Division are ...
Damien Memorial School for Nick Acosta.
Nick has turned his struggle into motivation, telling himself to keep going and never give
H.P. Baldwin High School for Four Sisters Bakery.
The Four Sisters Bakery on Vineyard Street in Wailuku has had a lasting impact on the
Kamehameha Schools Kapalama for The Queen's Words.
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen in its original publishing was heavily censored by editors
on the East Coast.
Kapolei High School for Relay for Life.
The event itself is a fundraiser, as well as a chance for people whose lives have been
touched by cancer.
And Waianae High School for Heads Up: Sports Concussions.
In 2009, Chaz suffered a very severe concussion. It left him on the sidelines for more than
And the winner for Best News Writing, High School Division is ...
Waianae High School for Heads Up.
Congratulations to Waianae High School.
I don't remember much, but ... I remember I jumped up for a ball, and when I came down,
I landed on my neck. And I just blacked out.
Waianae High School senior Chaz Bollig is really into football.
He's got video games, banners, even signs.
I don't know how I'm gonna set this up, though.
He obviously loves to relax off the field.
But things take a turn for the serious when he straps on his helmet for the Searider football
[INDISTINCT] for Chaz Bollig [INDISTINCT].
It is proven that Chaz can take down anything on the field, but it's big hits like these
that has left many people concerned about an issue that is hard
to wrap their head around ...
Little groggy here.
In football and head trauma.
I lost memory for a very long time. I think it was a week, a whole week.
In 2009, Chaz suffered a very severe concussion. It left him on the sidelines for more than
Well, during the blackout, like, I felt very lost. Like, I could not speak. So, I just
was, like, asking what happened.
It's actually an injury to the brain.
Liz Beaver is one of two athletic trainers responsible for a few hundred athletes at
Waianae High. Even though only two cases have been reported so
far this year, she understands ...
It's a very serious injury. And the more we learn about concussions, the more we know
how important it is to treat it properly.
... collapsed on the sidelines ...
Who is protecting the athlete?
New regulations about concussions ...
High school sports programs from across the nation have put this issue above all else.
Locally, Hawaii athletes have to go through numerous steps
to even step back onto the field.
They have to get a clearance from a physician. Once they get clearance from a physician and
they don't have symptoms anymore, then we start on a
seven-step return to play protocol.
So, what? You're just gonna wear your helmet today, or what?
If this protocol isn't followed, it can possibly lead to long-term memory loss, and in extreme
You don't want to think of the death part or anything, but it's just more of how is
he gonna be after he recovers, or even if he recovers.
Chaz is no stranger to bouncing back. Four years later, it seems there's no lingering
Okay, so what if my research question is, what makes a good and unique design and toy?
The road to recovery is long and difficult, but it'll take more than that to tear Chaz
from what defines determination, resilience, and the true strength
of an athlete.
[MUSIC] This is Diamond Tuisano from Waianae High
School for HIKI NŌ.
Moving on to the next category, Best Personal Profile. That's a HIKI NŌ story that centers
around an individual. And judging in this category was
based on the following criteria. Did they create a
compelling portrait of the featured person? Were they able to use interviews to tell a
strong, structured story with a distinct beginning, middle, and
end? Do you feel we got to know the featured person? Were
the visual elements compelling, and did they help to tell the story?
And now, the nominees for Best Personal Profile, High School Division are ...
Campbell High School for Jazz Sax Player.
Saxophone is really my voice. It's something that lets me speak.
Iolani School for Aspiring Filmmaker.
So, the way I want to see life, I can make it in a video.
Lahainaluna High School for Kimberly Yap.
My family's trying to teach me one culture, and then I'm living in another culture. So,
what culture do I live in?
Mid-Pacific Institute for Street Performer.
I discovered early on as a young boy that I love to paint, I love to draw.
And Waiakea High School for Dance Away the Pain.
Honestly, dancing is the best pain medication there is.
The winner for Best Personal Profile, High School Division is ...
And you can tell the judges had a hard time. Lahainaluna High School for Kimberly Yap.
Another Maui school. Congratulations.
Being half-Micronesian and half-Filipino, and coming here, living here is hard for me.
Kimberly Yap is a senior at Lahainaluna High School. At the age of five, Kim moved with
her parents and a few close family members from Kiribati,
a small Micronesian island, to Maui.
My family moved here looking for a better life, looking for better education for myself.
Right now, our island Kiribati is sinking from global warming,
and there's nothing they can do, there's nothing anybody
can do. It's a poor community, you know. It hasn't evolved yet into what this world has
Me and my family are deciding whether I should go back to my island after graduation, or
save the money for college. We're just kind of in a
stump right now, because we don't know what we're gonna
do. My family is trying to teach me one culture, and then I'm living in another culture. So,
what culture do I live in? You know.
My family's very strict. Girls aren't allowed to cut their hair, they're not allowed to
dye their hair. You're supposed to live conservative. Being
a girl in our tradition, you can't be out late, and you just
have so much rules. You know, you have to be the one to take care of the siblings and
cook all the meals. Girls were meant to be the housewives
instead of the smart business maker. The main focus, or
the main cultural thing about Kiribati, is just to respect your elders, and to respect
the ones around you. And think that's really stuck onto me, and
it's been, like, my life. It is who I am, and I'm proud of who I
am. Not going back home is like losing a big part of my life, but this is home now. I don't
want to be a housewife, and I think that's why the best
choice for me is to go to college. I need to grow up, and I
think going to college, getting a good job, maybe going back home, showing my family that
I'm successful in life could really, like, help
This is Sophia Fredy from Lahainaluna High School, for HIKI NŌ.
Let's move ahead to the next category, the Best Home-Base School. Now, every HIKI NŌ
show is hosted by a home-base school. Through the
course of the show, the anchors weave a story about their
school and community through a series of vignettes. The judging for this category was based on
the following critera: the on-camera and/or voiceover
presence of the anchors, their diction and articulation.
Expressiveness and confidence, the production quality of the anchor shots and accompanying
visuals, the creativity and writing quality of the vignette
scripts, and how well the vignettes give a sense of what it's
like to be part of the school and/or community. And now, the nominees for Best Home-Base School,
High School Division are ...
Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
Puukohola Heiau is believed to be one of the last sacred structures built in the Hawaiian
Islands before Western influence.
H.P. Baldwin High School.
Kepaniwai translates to the damming of the water, as the bodies of the dead warriors
blocked the flow of the river and turned the water a crimson red.
Kapaa High School.
Behind me is the historic Hanalei Pier. The pier was built in the late 1800s when Hanalei
was one of the major rice-growing areas of the island.
Lanai High and Elementary School.
Today, it is possible to hear the strong winds of the valley whistling through the fortified
notches of Hookio.
And Nanakuli High and Intermediate School.
NPAC began in 1991, and has now grown into over sixty students from eight different schools.
And the winner for Best Home-Base School, High School Division is ...
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate clapping for yourselves right now, as well as everybody
else in the state.
Here's a look at some of the home-base vignettes from the winning school, Nanakuli High and
We're back on the campus of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School on the west side of
Oahu. NPAC began in 1991 as an after-school club, and
has now grown into a curricular program that has over sixty
students from eight different schools. The program had its start on the outdoor stage
at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School's B Building. Here,
students rehearsed and performed using portable lights and
cassette tapes to play back soundtracks.
We're back at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School on the west side of Oahu. Since 1996,
most of the performances have been in the NHIS multipurpose
cafeteria. At each performance, students must move
cafeteria tables, bring out folding chairs, and move platforms in place to transform the
cafeteria into a theatrical environment. When the lights go
down, the goal is to make audience members forget they are
sitting in a cafeteria.
We're back on the campus of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School on the west side of
Oahu. NPAC not only accepts students from NHIS, but from
any public school. NPAC has students from various
elementary, intermediate, and high schools on the Leeward Coast. But NPAC has students
who come from as far away as Radford, Moanalua, and
James Campbell high schools. Most of these students catch
a city bus to get to NHIS each day for rehearsals. Once the bus makes its stop on Nanakuli Avenue,
the students must walk almost a mile to get to
the NHIS campus.
The final category is for Best Overall News Story. Judging in this category was based
on the following criteria, Donna.
Did they tell a compelling, informative story? Did they use an effective combination of imagery,
the written word, interview sound bites, and natural
sound? Was the pacing, in terms of the editing and the
speed of the reporter's speaking, appropriate to the story being told?
Was the reporter's presentation clear and commanding? Did the story offer something
of relevance to the general viewing public? Did it follow
good journalistic practices? And now, the nominees for Best
Overall News Story, High School Division are ...
Island School for Albatross.
They are loyal and faithful to their chicks, their families, their mates.
Kapolei High School for USS Missouri exhibit.
It was really difficult and frustrating, because they were all really good photos with good
Konawaena High School for Sandy Hook Mural.
They're saying, Don't let society forget about us. Don't.
Maui High School for Same-Sex Weddings.
After Hawaii became the fifteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rebelo benefitted
both personally and professionally.
Waianae High School for What's the Catch?
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, more than three-quarters
of the world's fish stocks are overexploited.
And Waipahu High School for Victoria Cuba.
People out there don't have homes. They have a hard time finding a place to sleep.
Very tough competition in this category.
And the winner for Best Overall News Story, High School Division is ...
Here's the envelope, guys. Waianae High School: What's the Catch?
Way to go, Waianae.
The environment is all about balance. And when you lose balance, normally what happens
is, something along that food pyramid crashes.
Oh! Okay, I have something. I don't know what it is, though. [INDISTINCT] Come here.
Emil Muraoka lives for the catch.
I fish for passion. I fish for excitement. I fish for my own joy.
Whoo! Live and die for that.
Today, he's been lucky. But very soon ...
That thing even seen a nibble yet?
His luck will change, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United
Nations, who estimate that more than three-quarters of
the world's fish stocks are overexploited.
If I couldn't fish anymore, ooh ... I don't know what I would do. I think I'd be kind
This is an all too real possibility. If the overfishing continues, the world's fish stocks
will be depleted by the year 2048, according to a journal in Science
[SIGH] This is just break time.
But for people like Eileen Bebeau and her family, taking a break isn't something they
It started out recreational, and you kinda get hooked on it. So, we do it quite often
now commercially. We ended up with fifteen octopus ranging from
eight to ten pounds. It all depends on the tides and the
It wasn't always like this, though.
We could go really close to shore and catch ahi, and catch six, seven a day within a couple
hours. And you can't do that anymore. It's already showed
the decline from thirty years ago.
And in the next thirty years ...
We have to be very, very cautious on a worldwide scale not to overharvest. As the demand for
fish protein goes up, the demand for fish goes
The ocean has had to keep up with this ever-increasing demand for years. Since 1973, global
consumption of fish has doubled, going from forty-five million metric tons to over ninety
million metric tons consumed during recent years.
And so, what you want to do is, you want to manage the amount of fish that get taken out
in a relative ratio so that that balance continues to exist.
But the balance begins to sink when there's little being done to keep the fish population
People just take what they don't need. They take more than what's given.
Will there be a lot of fish around? I don't know. Hopefully, we won't have to experience
that, but we don't know. That is a fear of the unknown.
A fear not only for themselves, but for future generations as well.
We want to have fish for our children and our children's children.
And the younger fishers are starting to catch on.
There's no sense in taking things of which I don't need. There's a lot for other people,
so I like to share.
And Emil is doing his part, one fish at a time.
First fish is always the throw-back fish, so at least we know there's something out
This is Crystal Cebedo reporting from Waianae High School, for HIKI NŌ.
We want to congratulate all of the winning schools, all the nominees, and every HIKI
NŌ student and every HIKI NŌ teacher for your exceptional
work. This was an extraordinarily close competition, we're
told by those who tabulated the results, from the judges who all decided individually and
independently. Before we sign off, we'd like to recap all
of the 2014 HIKI NŌ Award winners.
Best News Writing, High School Division Award went to Waianae High School.
The award for Best Personal Profile, High School Division award went to Lahainaluna
High School. The award for Best Home-Base School, High School
Division went to Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. And the award for Best Overall News
Story, High School Division went to Waianae High
School. From the PBS Hawaii studios in Manoa, in Honolulu, aloha, a hui hou. Thanks for
This concludes the 2014 HIKI NŌ Awards. Tune in next week for the premiere episode of the
2014-2015 season of HIKI NŌ.
[END] High School Award Winners
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