PBS Hawaii – HIKI NŌ Episode 608 | Hosted by Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School | Full Program

HIKI NŌ 608 Next on HIKI NO, stories from across our island
chain. I am a firm believer that a strong public
education system unlocks the dreams to our children’s future. As a new governor takes the reins, what’s
in store for education. For the first time, Saint Francis School includes
boys in its annual Aloha Show. One middle school student spent her summer
climbing to new heights. On the island of Kauai, Lanakila Kitchen serves
up more than meals. In Hana, a legally blind high school senior
has great visions for her future. And back on Kauai again, we will meet a champion
bodyboarder. All on this episode of HIKI NO, coming to
you from Kamehameha Schools Maui, home of The Warriors.
That’s next, on The Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network, HIKI NO… Can do! We’re here at Kamehameha Schools Maui in Pukalani,
on the Valley Isle. Kamehameha Schools Maui started as a two-house campus in August of
1996. The houses had three to four bedrooms for teaching,
socializing, and dining. The school enrolled eighty Native Hawaiian kids in the grades
kindergarten through third. Over a course of many years,
the campus expanded itself into three levels of education:
elementary, middle, and high school. Kamehameha Schools Maui now enrolls children grades
kindergarten through twelve, making a total of one thousand and one hundred students. Our first story takes us to the island of
Oahu, where Roosevelt High School reporters attended the
inauguration of our new governor. [MUSIC] On December 1, 2014, Roosevelt High School
reporters covered Governor David Ige’s inauguration at
the State Capitol. Do students feel change will be coming with our new governor? [APPLAUSE] As someone who came out of our public schools,
and who graduated from the University of Hawaii, I am
a firm believer that a strong public education system unlocks the dreams to our children’s
future. It means holding education at all levels up to
a different light, and looking at new ways to empower schools
and to help our children grow and prepare for life. Students at Roosevelt High School voice their
opinions on a topic that will affect them the most,
education. I think that the governor should be focusing
on environmental sustainability, as well as using clean
energy. And I believe that doing that, we have to begin at an earlier level of education,
starting with elementary and intermediate school. And the
one thing we can’t do is continue budget cuts, to continue
sacrificing the opportunities students have to explore newer ideas, where they can find
their passions and find whatever they do the best. One thing in particular that I notice, that
I wish could be improved on is the time the teachers have with us
as students. I notice that over the course of my years in schooling, I noticed that the
teachers are slowly being taken away from us, in a sense, that
there’s less and less time for them to come and invest their time
in helping us to succeed. I think he is going to improve Hawaii in the
sense of he is not going to do anything new per se, but he’s
going to improve on what Abercrombie missed. So, I think he’s going to really support the
teachers. As Governor Ige takes on the issues of the
education system, he says that the traditional values of Hawaii
will be his guiding principles in the challenges ahead. … to the flag of the United States of America. What has always defined us is our aloha for
each other, and for others. That’s truly who we are. This is Abigail Olipani from Roosevelt High
School, for HIKI NO. [SINGING] HIKI NO is now on Instagram. For show updates
and a peek behind the scenes, follow us on [email protected]/cando. We’re back at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Our
campus resides in Aapueo, one of the smallest ahupuaa,
or land divisions, in the moku, or district, of Kula. There is a legend that tells of an
owl named Aapueo and her conflict with a man named Kapoi, who
angered her by smashing her eggs. In retaliation, Aapueo
gathered owls from all the islands to wage war against the people of the ahupuaa. All
of the men and women in this area were destroyed, including
Kapoi and his wife. It is said that the sky was darkened
above the valley by the many owls who fought in this battle. [WIND] Our next story takes us back to Oahu, where
for the first time, boys at Saint Francis School participate in
the school’s annual Aloha Show. [SINGING/APPLAUSE/CHEERS] Saint Francis School has always been a place
of change and vogue. That change was seen and shared
with family and friends at their annual Aloha Show, which ushered in a new era of tradition. When we turned co-ed, we really kind of needed
to look at how we would incorporate both our female
and male students into the program in a positive way. And so, it sort of just lent itself to
replacing what was previously the father involvement to having
some of our male students escort the girls in and do this
together. Eislee Nakamasu, this year’s Aloha Show king,
took his leadership role to heart and taught the very first
court of princes their hula. I started dancing around the age of six or
seven, and I danced under Ainsley Halemanu. The main
challenges was trying to balance it out between the guys and the girls, because I also taught
the senior girls dance. So, theirs was kind of a bit
more on the feminine side than teaching the masculine side for
the princes. Then it goes just kind of bend with your arms
up. The boys were really, really willing to learn,
and they were really enthusiastic. And I think what I liked
best about it was a lot of them were not dancers, and by the time they finished, they were dancing
the hula and having a fun time with it. It was a nice
way to see growth from all of them. And then, your left hand is going to go straight
up. And then, your right hand- I got started dancing for the Aloha Show because
a lot of my family members are really involved in their
culture, and they dance a lot of hula. So, I decided to give it a try. My best experience
was the sense of camaraderie between me and my brothers. We
worked very hard on the dance, and it just brought us all
closer, and we all bonded. [APPLAUSE/CHEERS] I take a lot of pride in representing the
school, and saying that I was one of the first princes to dance in the
Aloha Show court. Not many people can say that. If given the opportunity, I would definitely
do this again next year. I’d say that going to each
practice was really fun, because I got to build a bond with my
brothers on the court, and we all just had a great time. [APPLAUSE/CHEERS] For the Aloha Show in the future, I see many
good possibilities. Like, I see more princesses, more
interaction with the boys, more fun dances, just more in general. Like, it’s going to
be awesome. This is AlexanderTumalip from Saint Francis
School, for HIKI NO. [APPLAUSE/CHEERS] We’re back at Kamehameha Schools Maui. This
district is known for the clouds and winds that fly above
our campus. A legend tells of cloud warriors named Naulu and Ukiukiu. Naulu is from the
south of Haleakala, and Ukiukiu from the north. These
cloud warriors battle nonstop for the possession of the
summit of Haleakala. Ukiukiu was usually victorious, but every now and then, Naulu would push him
back. From time to time, both cloud warriors call a truce, opening a clear space between
large masses of clouds. This is called Alanui o Lani, or the
High Way to Heaven. Our next story takes us once again to Oahu,
where we meet an eighth-grader at Wheeler Middle School
who rose to new heights, while her classmates spent their summer at band camp or the beach. [SINGING] Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was amazing. I
really, like, bonded with the people who I climbed with.
Reaching the summit, that was the moment when I knew I had literally just done what most
people don’t do in their lives. [SINGING] Planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania,
Africa, took time and effort. I trained in North Carolina. We did a four-mile
hike pretty much every weekend, ’cause the first time, I
was barely making it. But at the end, it was like, I could run the trail. Being a military dependent also meant moving
during training. When we moved here, we were doing Kealia Trail
and like, Diamond Head, because it’s like all stairs and
things like that, just to like, build my muscles in my legs. In addition to strengthening her muscles,
she had to become mentally prepared. Sixteen more laps to go. It’s just a matter if you think you can do
it, because after the first two days, it’s more mental than
physical. Like, I just don’t want to do this anymore, I haven’t had a shower in days, I
just want to get off this mountain. This feat is even more impressive, considering
Macy was diagnosed three years ago with a serious
medical condition. EE is an autoimmune disorder. When you eat
certain foods, your body sees them as like, toxins. That’s
where this trouble begins. And it can cause your throat to swell so that you can’t breathe,
or acid reflux, or anything just as simple as being really
sick for a few days or out of it. I can’t have this, it has vegetable oil. And my mom was looking to see if there were
people who had EE in the area, or had something like it so
that I could like, meet somebody who was going through the same thing. And she just came
across the Climb Kilimanjaro for EE website, and she
was like, Hey, Macy, do you want to do this? And I was like,
Yeah, sure. Climbing was a way to meet new people, and
also for the group of climbers, to raise awareness and
money to support research for EE. We all raised ninety-eight thousand dollars
for this disease, and that’s more than I ever could have hoped
for. And plus, I summited, so that’s pretty cool. [CHUCKLE] Macy definitely caught the climbing bug. You can do anything, maybe not eat all the
foods, but you can do anything you want to in life, regardless
of this disease. Just one more lap. I got this, I got this
down. This is Mathew Stock from Wheeler Middle School,
for HIKI NO. We’re back at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Do
you take any foreign language classes in school? Maybe
Spanish or Japanese? Our school requires us to learn Olelo Hawaii. [HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE] Each grade level focuses on different parts
of the language. In sixth grade, students learn basic Hawaiian
words and phrases. In seventh grade, sentence structures are taught, and in their eighth-grade
year, students learn advanced words and complex
sentence structures. As young Hawaiian men and women,
we feel that it is important to preserve our language as much as our traditions. [HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE] This story takes us to the island of Kauai,
where students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School take
us on a tour of Lanakila Kitchen. Meet Kanae Soto. She is the cashier of Lanakila
Kitchen in Lawai. She takes the customers’ orders,
makes plate lunches, and counts their change, like any other ordinary worker. But what most
people don’t know is she is just one of many successful
graduates in their job training program for adults with
learning disabilities. I think about four years ago, I started as
a trainee. I worked very hard. Lanakila Kitchen Kauai is a takeout restaurant
where you can get good food for a good cause. Lanakila Kitchen is a restaurant, for one
thing. It’s a lot of things. It’s a training facility mainly, though,
for individuals who have learning disabilities. We are a nonprofit organization that helps
train people with disabilities so that they can go out in the real
world and find a job, and live an independent lifestyle. [INDISTINCT CONVERSATION] So, if you did have a disability, think about
it, how much harder would it be to find a job, and who would
be there to help you? Who would be there to train you? And what we do here is exactly
that. We give them a job, they make a wage, and they get
out of the house. Once we feel like they’ve gone as far as
they can in learning what we have to offer, we set out to try and help them find jobs. Lanakila Kitchen is a social enterprise of
Lanakila Pacific, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization. It’s actually a big organization that started
on Oahu. And not only do they help train people with
disabilities, but they take care of them, they teach them. Lanakila in itself means victory. And in Honolulu,
it’s been around for seventy-five years. But the trainees aren’t the only ones getting
something out of it, so are the trainers. A lot of them never had a real job before.
And when they come here, they learn a lot in how to be
independent. I love what I do. It’s a job like no other
job you could have. It’s so fulfilling to see trainees come in
every day, want to come in to work. They help me to stay focused and stay positive,
and they treat me like a part of a big family. Everybody has dreams, and so, we want to be
able to let those dreams come true for these individuals. Lanakila Kitchen Kauai builds independence
for challenged lives, one plate at a time. This is Alaysia
Navor from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, for HIKI NO. Hiki No is now on Instagram. For show updates
and a peek behind the scenes, follow us on [email protected]/cando. We’re back at Kamehameha Schools Maui. I’m
standing inside of Kahekili Gym. Our students participate in the Independent Middle School
League. This league allows students to compete in sports
such as volleyball, basketball, cross country, track, and golf. Although the games are competitive,
more emphasis is placed on student participation
and learning the sport, rather than winning and losing. Most
of the schools that participate in this league are private schools on the island, however,
there are a few public schools that join in as well. [SHOUTING/WHISTLE] Our next story takes us to the other side
of our island to Hana, where we meet a senior at Hana K-12
School who has big plans for her future. To most, Megan might look like just another
ordinary teenager. But what one might not realize is that
when Megan was born, she was not expected to survive. When she was born, the doctors gave her a
ten percent chance of surviving. Megan was born with
retinopathy of prematurity, which means her retina had not started growing and didn’t
attach, so she had no vision. Megan also was born with a lot
of other complications. We had to wait for doctor reports, and
we honestly didn’t know if she was going to make it to the next day. Megan went through
an intense surgery for her eyes, which helped get back
most of her vision, but not all. She today is still legally blind. It was the support of the community that helped
Megan to keep moving forward. I feel very blessed being in Hana, and raising
Megan in Hana, because we are surrounded with awesome
people. We get phone calls, we get letters of prayers, of thoughts that people were sending
to us. Well, in general, some of the struggles I
have is reading the board, reading small print on paper, and small
print in books, and reading off menus. Balancing is pretty hard, because when I’m sitting and
I get up, my legs start to shake. When I want to learn
an instrument, my fingers have a hard time with bending,
and it gets really frustrating. The things that I like doing are basketball and soccer.
I enjoy singing, because it tells a lot of stories. [SINGING] There is no problem too big God
cannot solve it. There is no mountain too tall He cannot
move it. She had been asked to sing at community events
such as school, community programs, football games,
and statewide church revivals. She even won several awards for singing. Megan is a special
girl, and in spite of her physical struggles, she has persevered
and is not only an inspiration, but a positive influence
in the community. [SINGING/APPLAUSE] Megan has overcome a lot in her life and is
set to graduate from high school, and has big goals for her
future. Her goal when she graduates this year is to
attend Hoopono, which is a school for the blind. I want to make my own music, along with owning
a recording studio. She has been through a lot, and there’s much
more that she is going to go through, but like I said, we
know that she can do all things if she puts her mind to it. This is Precious Helekahi from Hana K-12 School,
for HIKI NO. We’re back at Kamehameha Schools Maui. We
have hardworking men and women here at the dining
hall. They labor tirelessly to prepare meals not only for the eleven hundred students on
campus, but also the preschool children of Paukukalo in Wailuku
and Aapueo in Pukalani. Each day, a few of the dining
hall workers drive to Wailuku to deliver the nutritious meals. Although it may seem like
a huge task, the dining hall staff feel that their efforts
are well worth it, as providing healthy food to our students is their
top priority. [CHILD SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY] Our final story takes us back to Kauai, where
Island School students introduce us to a champion bodyboarder. [OCEAN WAVES] Dave Hubbard, dropknee world champion, began
his bodyboarding career to follow in his brother’s footsteps. When my brother Jeff turned professional,
I was here at Island School in middle school. I thought, Hey,
if my brother can do it, I want to do that, too. I became a professional bodyboarder through
gaining enough competitive highlights and getting
enough pictures that a company saw value in me. And so, they
wanted to endorse me as a professional bodyboarder after I graduated high school. He continues his successful bodyboarding career
because of his passion for the sport and because of the
feelings he experiences in the water. It’s a really comfortable space. To me, it’s
my passion, so it’s a time that my mind is able to kinda clear.
I think of all sorts of stuff, but it’s best when I’m not thinking about anything and I’m
just allowing what’s happening out in nature to just come
through. It’s a real, like, visceral experience, too, and
intimate if you’re getting connected with the water. So, that happens best when I’m
not thinking about anything. Dave Hubbard has won numerous bodyboarding
titles, most notably the world title and men’s division
title. My highest point might have come recently
when I was in Portugal. I got my sixth dropknee world title
there. But at the same contest, I won the men’s division. But I had never won a men’s
division in a world tour event before, and since I’ve been
competing on a world tour for about ten years, you know,
seeking at least an event championship, that was a pretty high point in my career. Because of the inconsistencies of sponsorship
as a source of income, and because of the want to
contribute back to the community, Dave was prompted to start his own bodyboarding company
with his brother. The industry goes through ups and downs, and
it’s difficult to have a long-term sponsor that has integrity,
and also that you have a future in. So, it was a mutual idea that my brother and I had
to become independent from sponsorships on the board
level. And so, that was going to allow us to kinda dictate
where we could go, start controlling our own destiny with the board company. My role in
Hubboards is, I’m a consultant for my brother Jeff. Jeff’s
pretty much the boss. He’s in charge of marketing and
promotion, and design. And so, I consult for him if he wants some advice or my opinion
on things. I hope that it can grow, become stable and self-sustaining,
and ultimately that it can help sponsor young guys and do a lot of positive things for the
sport, so that the sport can grow. David looks forward to continuing in competition,
as well as shooting photos and video to promote his
brand. As for the business side of it, he’s happy to keep contributing to his brother’s
efforts to grow the brand and give back to the sport they love
so much. This is Jacob Dyslinger from Island School, for HIKI
NO. We’re back here at Kamehameha Schools Maui.
On our campus, each of the buildings are named after
alii, or chiefs and chiefesses, of Hawaii. This particular building, which is our auditorium,
is called Keopuolani, named after the highest-ranking
wife of Kamehameha I. Keopuolani, along with Queen
Kaahumanu, were instrumental in ending the ai kapu, or eating prohibition, that forbade
men and women from eating together. After it became clear
that the gods would not punish them for their disobedience to
this eating ban, the kapu was broken. Well, we’ve come to the end of another episode
of HIKI NO. Remember, all of these stories were written,
shot, and edited by students like us. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching them, as much
as we’ve enjoyed sharing them with you. Be sure to tune in to next week’s episode
for more proof that Hawaii students HIKI NO… Can do!

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