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PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 519 | Hosted by Lanai High & Elementary School | Full Program V2

HIKI NŌ 519 Next on HIKI NŌ, stories from across the
island chain. What chord is it? That’s B flat 7, but it’s low. A vision-impaired student who dreams of becoming
a music producer is blessed with perfect pitch. Plus, a young photographer pushes boundaries
and uses her art to confront gender stereotypes. Also, a high school senior researches tips
on a past she’ll soon be facing: renting an apartment. Discover a cross-cultural May Day celebration
at a Kona high school. Learn what Queen Liliuokalani really wrote
about the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. And, find out how the shared experience of
a life-threatening illness can bring people together. All on this episode of HIKI NŌ, coming to
you from Lanai High and Elementary School, home of
the Pine Lads and Pine Lasses. That’s next, on The Nation’s First Statewide
Student News Network, HIKI NŌ … Can do! We’re back on the island of Lanai at Lanai
High and Elementary School in the ahupuaa of
Kamoku. While Lanai had many schools throughout the island in the 1800s, this particular campus
was first opened in 1938 and hosted its first graduating class that same year. Prior to
1938, this area was cultivated for crops and vegetables
by the Minami family. During the Dole Pineapple Plantation, the school was the hub of community
activities such as band concerts, school sporting events, and school plays. During the summer,
classmates would work together in the pineapple fields. Boys would bring girls ice cream and
soda during the day shift, and girls would bring coffee
to the boys during the night shift. In memory of the pineapple plantation generation, students
of Lanai High and Elementary School are known
as the Pine Lads and Pine Lasses. Our first story takes us to Central Oahu,
where journalists from Waipahu High School highlight a
student with impaired vision, but a perfect ear for music. [MUSIC] My name is Ricklong Jack, and I’m eighteen
years old. I’m in twelfth grade at Waipahu High
School. Ricklong Jack, aka Rocky, is like many students
with aspirations of becoming a singer and music
producer. [MUSIC] Rocky has a bright future ahead of him. The
challenges he faces, however, may dim his path.
Rocky is visually impaired. He has a hard time seeing. His vision is blurred, giving
him difficulties in his daily life. When I was born, my family… They don’t know
that my eyes weren’t the best. So when I was…like…before I was one years old, I
didn’t… They told me that I was crying, crying, and kept
crying until I turned one and then, they found out that my eyes… These difficulties, however, do not discourage
Rocky from seeing beyond his disabilities. In fact,
being visually impaired fuels his passion for the art of music even more. Besides being
born partially blind, he was also born with a great
sense of music. I got a great gift from Father, Heavenly Father.
I don’t know how to explain but it’s like…perfect. I got perfect pitch, and I can hear anything,
everything. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
perfect pitch is being sensitive to, or having exactly
the right tone or style in music. What chord is this? That’s a B flat 7, but it’s low. Someone who has perfect pitch can hear notes
accurately from an instrument or a voice. That
person could also pick out chords from a song, know what key that song is in. And Rocky has- In his Music Tech Class, Rocky uses a music
program called Reason to create his music. Reason is a music program that you can produce
beat and record. It’s a studio for computers. Same as FL studio, but FL Studio is a little
bit harder than this. [MUSIC] I listen to all kind of music. Sometimes,
I don’t listen to the lyrics, I just listen to the beats. Like
other music, for example, like German music. [MUSIC] Through his experiences, Rocky wants to share
one message. Don’t let your limitations stop you. [MUSIC] This is Victoria Cuba reporting from Waipahu
High School, for HIKI NŌ. [MUSIC] If you would like to comment on this story,
or anything you see on HIKI NŌ, like us on Facebook
at, or send us a Tweet at We’re back on the island of Lanai. The sixth
largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Lanai is eighteen
miles wide and thirteen miles long, flanked by the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Kahoolawe.
According to ancient mele, Lanai, Nanaikaulahea, as it was known long ago, was born of the
god Wakea and the goddess Kauluwahine. The name
Lanai means Day of Conquest, which reminds us
of the day when Chief Kaululaau defeated the ancient spirit inhabitants of the island.
This is the ahupuaa of Palawai, where at the island peak
of Lanaihale, Kaululaau famously trapped and blinded ghosts in a grass hale and set it
on fire, thus allowing his people to safely settle here. Our next story comes to us from Iolani School
on Oahu, where students introduce us to an artist
who sees the world differently through the lens of her camera. To most people, the snap of a camera is just
the sound of a picture being taken. But for Iolani
senior Rachael Heller, it’s the sound of art. A lot of my work has to do with defying traditional
gender roles and gender identities. I identify as
feminist, so in the future, I hope to use my photography and my art to help fight for
women’s rights and combat traditional gender roles. Rachael is dedicated to her art, and will
do almost anything to take the perfect picture, even hiking
into the forest and covering her subjects with Vaseline to get a particular effect. Eventually, I use it as a way to create different
realities and sort of shape my own identity. But I’m
very thankful to have people who are willing to cooperate with me, so I can achieve my
vision. Through her photography and Empower Club that
she hopes to start on campus, Rachael is working towards equal rights for women and helping
girls understand that you don’t have to look a certain
way to be considered beautiful. We want to make sure girls are comfortable
in their own skin, and they understand that they don’t
have to conform to these stereotypes that are put out there by the media, and even by
their own peers. One of Rachael’s teachers, Miss Theresa Falk,
has seen Rachael grow as a student and as a friend. The one word I would use to describe Rachael
is, herself. And it’s very simple. She’s herself. To
try to find other words to describe her just doesn’t feel right. You know, the growth,
I think, from her comes from her passion. A lot of the art that I create comes from
a very personal place. And I did a series on anxiety and
depression in black and white film last year, and through that kind of imagery, I hope that
people who are facing the same sort of emotional
trauma can relate and find some sort of solace. After I
go to art school, I would love to shoot conceptual fashion photography, because there’s a lot
out there that you can do with fashion, and to
be able to collaborate with different creative minds
would be amazing. And I want to be able to share my own personal vision through galleries,
and just put myself out there. Hopefully, I’ll
be able to translate a lot of my work into political activism
as I get older. Rachael will attend Parsons The New School
for Design in New York. Though she plans for a
career in conceptual fashion photography, Rachael hopes that her work will have a powerful
social message. This is Riley Sakamoto from Iolani
School, reporting for HIKI NŌ. We’re back on Lanai at Kaa, the largest ahupuaa
on Lanai, home to Keahiakawelo on the northern part of the island. The traditional place
name Keahiakawelo may be translated as Fire Made by
Kawelo. At this place, the Lanai priest Kawelo protected the people of Lanai in a battle
against Lanikaula, a priest on Molokai. As told in
this tradition, the smoke of Kawelo’s fire rose into the
surrounding lehua groves, turning Lanai’s lehua a deep purple. Celebrated in newspapers
of the last 1860s, these unique blossoms were reported
to be entirely lost by 1912 as a result of wild goats
eating their bark. Our next story comes from the Kaimuki district
of Oahu, where a Sacred Hearts Academy senior takes us through one of the rites of passage
for high school graduates: renting an apartment. As I go off to college within the next couple
of months, I’m going to start searching for a place to
live. And I’ve come to realize I have almost no idea about the renting process. So, here
is some important information I’ve come to find out. First, you must fill out a rental application.
Doing this will permit the landlord to run personal credit
card and background checks. Keep in mind, there’s an application fee which varies in
price. If your application is approved, you sign the
lease agreement. After the lease is signed, you pay the
first month’s rent in advance, as well as a security deposit. A security deposit is
money a landlord takes in case you violate the terms of the
rental agreement. It can also be used to cover damaged
property, cleaning, key replacement, or unpaid rent. You should be refunded the whole deposit
if the rental unit is in good condition when
you move out. The final step of the renting process is
moving in and enjoying your new place. This is Sarah Yiu from Sacred Hearts Academy reporting
for HIKI NŌ. Here we are, overlooking the ahupuaa of Maunalei
and the puuhonua at Hookio. The place name Hookio may be interpreted as To Gather Together,
and calls to mind the haunting sounds of the Hookio gourd whistle, which the people of
Lanai used in times of invasion. At this fortified ridge,
the people of Lanai took their final stand against the forces of Kalaniopuu and the young
warrior Kamehameha I. During this battle, Kalaniopuu’s
warriors ran out of food and survived by eating kupala roots. Because the starvation diet
gave the warriors dysentery, the battle is known today as
Kamokuhi, the Battle of the Loose Bowels. Local tradition tells how Kini, a survivor
of the battle and skilled cliff jumper, outwitted his captors
by leaping down the tall cliff face and escaping with
his life. Today, it is possible to hear the strong winds of the valley whistling through
the fortified notches of Hookio, reminding us of the people
of Lanai who fought for their land in the Battle of
Kamokuhi. This is Gravel Point, a lookout near Puu Lala
in the ahupuaa of Paomai. Here, you can get a good
view of the colorful rooftops of Lanai City. With construction beginning in 1923 by the
Hawaiian Pineapple Company, Lanai City was built as
a planned community for the plantation. Each of the
main streets run alphabetically from west to east, and numerically from north to south.
Today, over three thousand residents live here, many of
whom are descended from immigrant plantation workers and Native Hawaiian families. We now take you to the Kona side of Hawaii
Island, where the students Kealakehe High School
show how their May Day celebration embraces a multitude of cultures. May Day programs are common in schools throughout
Hawaii. However, Kealakehe’s annual cultural celebration has expanded to include
much more. [DRUMMING/CHANTING/CHEERS] We try to include a lot more cultures, and
I think we have a diverse population of students here that
are very close to their culture. And so, it really does help set us apart. [DRUMMING/SINGING] This really is a great opportunity for all
students, and even the community members as well as
faculty and staff to come together, and to celebrate in the different cultures that we
have. [DRUMMING/CHANTING] Our vision is harmony and unity, providing
dynamic education for everyone, every time. And this
gives us an opportunity to actually live that vision. [SINGING/CHANTING/CHEERS] I hope people take away more than just what
they see. Don’t get me wrong, I would love them to
take away a great performance, a memorable one, an inspiring one. That would be all great.
But more than that, hopefully, they will take
away the deeper meaning of the performance, but yet,
they go away with more clarity, a more distinct view, or maybe even an appreciation, I would
say, of that culture. With about forty community members and seventy
students involved, this event truly is a cultural celebration for everyone, every time. This
is Kasala Vailea from Kealakehe High, for HIKI NŌ. Welcome back to Lanai City, situated in the
ahupuaa of Kamoku. This is the Pedro dela Cruz
Gym, the largest building on the Lanai High and Elementary School campus, and whose name
honors the famous Lanai labor leader. Once employing over thirty-five hundred workers
and spanned over fourteen thousand acres, the
Lanai Dole Plantation was the world’s largest producer
of pineapple at the time. Work on the plantation was not easy, and due
to the low wages and employee benefits, plantations throughout the Territory of Hawaii went on
strike in 1951. Although outer islands gave in to
company demands, Lanai workers, led by Pedro dela Cruz and other community leaders, banded
together to hold out for a grueling two-hundred-one-day strike. Japanese, Filipino, and other ethnic
communities combined efforts and survived by sharing their hunting, fishing, and home
garden resources. Because of the perseverance of
the Lanai workers, plantations throughout the Territory
won higher wages, and the people of Lanai won the right to buy homes. Our next story comes from Oahu, where students
at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama explore a new, more complete publication of Queen Liliuokalani’s
observations on the overthrow. The Queen’s legacy of humility, strength,
and forgiveness inspired local nonprofit Hui Hanai to re-
release an expanded version of Queen Liliuokalani’s memoirs. Written while the last monarch of
the Hawaiian Kingdom was under house arrest, Hawaii’s story by Hawaii’s Queen in its original
publishing was heavily censored by editors on the East Coast. Really important to bring Liliuokalani’s words
forward for today. It is really important to let her be
heard. The beauty of the book is not only in its
visual design, but also in the unfolding of new stories and
never before seen archival photos, which all shed light on Hawaiian history. Most people who have read the book in the
past had said they had figured out what had happened
by reading between the lines. There’s a chapter called The Overthrow of the Monarchy that
doesn’t really talk about the overthrow at all. It
had always been very strange, and this revelation that
there’s a fuller version, it makes a lot of sense. There is an obvious difference in size, and
there are so many things that the Queen wanted to say
during that time that she couldn’t be able to say. And now, more than a hundred years
later, I think that it’s great that she’s finally able to
have her words out in the public. As the first-place winners in the State History
Day Documentary Division, Kamehameha students Casey Yasuda and Tehani Louis-Perkins will
use the new passages from the book to provide a
deeper perspective that will hopefully further their success at nationals in Maryland. My project is about Queen Liliuokalani’s 1897
trip to Washington, D.C., and it basically just
follows her and what she did while she was there. It was during this time that the Queen stood
up to the U.S. to seek the restoration of the Hawaiian
Kingdom. Until now, this important part of history has only been told by those who overthrew
the Queen and took control of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Now, we have the full version of both sides.
So, the Queen’s side is especially important for kind
of undoing this context that’s been created by the dominants of only one side of the story.
So, neither side is definitive. Everybody should
be reading both sides. History isn’t something that happened, and
it’s done. We constantly uncover new things about the
past that we didn’t know. Reading her words can help Hawaiians understand and possibly
heal, and really come to realization for themselves,
and move on. We’re the next generation. You know, we’re
the Hawaiians that she thought about. You know, it’s
for us to look up and for us to live up to, and we’ve seen the 1970s renaissance, and
I just think that we can do that, too, as young Hawaiians
if we’re educated and we know our history. Those interested in learning more about Hawaii’s
story by Hawaii’s Queen can visit the University of Hawaii Press website. For HIKI NŌ, I’m
Elijah Hew Len at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. If you would like to comment on this story,
or anything you see on HIKI NŌ, like us on Facebook
at, or send us a Tweet at Welcome back to the island of Lanai. Although
most of our food resources are imported by barge
on a weekly basis, many people on Lanai garden, hunt, and fish to provide for themselves.
This spirit of sustainability is deeply rooted
in the self-reliance of the plantation generation, who made
the most of what little they had. These are the community gardens, a community-organized
collective located on the western outskirts of town. Mostly run by Filipino families,
these gardens provide a substantial amount of family food.
Another food supply on Lanai is hunting game. Beginning with twelve deer in 1920, and ten
Mouflon in 1954, the population of grazing animals on
Lanai may now number in the thousands. Our final story comes from Central Oahu, where
students at Kapolei High School show how people who have suffered through life-threatening
illnesses come together and bond. [MUSIC] This is awesome. I love it. This is the first
time there are so many more people than the past few
years. I love it. Every year, Kapolei hosts the cancer awareness
event, Relay for Life. The event itself is a
fundraiser, as well as a chance for people whose lives have been touched by cancer to
gather, reminisce, and to celebrate. It’s like everybody’s all one here, ’cause
they have something in common. It’s either someone you
know passed, or someone’s going through it, right? In 2010, in September, my husband passed
away. He had liver cancer. Five days before his funeral, I found out I had breast cancer.
And you know, we’ve been coming here ever since every
year, just hoping they find a cure and nobody goes
through what I had to go through. This year, Relay for Life was especially important
to one member of Kapolei High School. Brittany Manley, a ninth-grade English teacher
at Kapolei, talks about how cancer has affected her
life. About a little over a year ago, my husband,
Kimo Manley, got diagnosed with glioblastoma brain
tumor. And so, ultimately, we heard about it through the school, and we wanted to attend,
just in terms of supporting people who are battling
cancer or know people who are battling cancer. Kimo was given twelve to fifteen months to
live by doctors back in January of 2013, fifteen months ago. He attributes his stabilization
to a healthy, holistic lifestyle, and a positive outlook. If my husband has taught me anything, it’s
just to stay positive and focus on all the good things in
life, despite the challenges he faces. So, a lot of times when I’m like, grumbling about
petty things, you know, for him to just like always have
that smile on his face and surround himself around
positive people and a supportive group of people, I think it really takes people going
through something like this a long way and just never
taking each day for granted. It sounds cliché, but it’s
definitely true. While this event itself provides an opportunity
to remember those who have lost their battle to
cancer, it’s also a chance to reflect on their accomplishments, to celebrate those who still
live on, and advocate for a cure through hope. For
Kapolei High School and HIKI NŌ, I’m James Domingo. We’re back on the island of Lanai, on the
beautiful sands of Hulopoe in the ahupuaa of Palawai. A
sheltered bay, Hulopoe is home to many marine and reef animals. Hulopoe Bay was established
as a beach park and a marine life preserve by
the Lanai community. Today, only swimming, surfing,
pole fishing, and traditional Hawaiian vessels are allowed in the bay. Today, the park is
governed by the Lanai Community Council. This conservation
district extends toward Puupehe, which was famously scaled by a renowned warrior of Lanai,
Makehau, as he mourned the loss of his love, Puupehe, a woman of Maui who died tragically
in the waves below. Thank you for joining us on our tour of Lanai.
We’re at the end of this episode of HIKI NŌ. Remember, all these stories were written,
shot, and edited by students like us. Be sure to tune in to next week’s episode
for more proof that Hawaii students HIKI NŌ… Can do!

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