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HIKI NŌ 10/31/19: Kauaʻi Resilience Project and other stories | Program

November 8, 2019

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NŌ Next on HIKI NŌ, stories from across our
island chain. No matter how hard and how challenging a life
a child may have, if they have one caring adult, it makes
all the difference and they can be resilient. Find out how a community project is helping
to get Kaua’i’s disaffected children the help they need. Meet the son of legendary artist, Jean Charlot
and see how he is restoring a school mural he had painted
some forty years ago. Learn about taiko drumming for the deaf. Hear from a fire knife dancer who is teaching
the traditional Samoan art form to a new generation. Visit a special place that connects families
and children to nature. And see how artists are beautifying the streets
of Kaimukī. Stay tuned for these stories and get to know
the HIKI NŌ teachers from the schools represented in this
show. All on this episode of HIKI NŌ. Can do. We are here on the campus of Kapaʻa High
School on the Garden Isle of Kauaʻi. Our media production
teacher and HIKI NŌ advisor is Mr. Chris Sanderl. This is his third year teaching at Kapaʻa
High School and before that he was the HIKI NŌ advisor
at Kapaʻa Middle School. He always ensures our projects have the highest
possible production value to keep our audience engaged. This keeps us pushing towards perfection. Mr. Sanderl and his wife just welcomed their
first child into the world, only a few weeks ago. They’re
enjoying this time together as a family and look forward to their first trip to the beach
with their new little girl. In our story, students from Kapaʻa High School
share how the Kaua’i Resilience Project supports teenagers as they mature into strong-minded
young adults. It’s very uplifting to be able to see the
community gather around the needs of our youth. The Kaua’i Resilience Project is a bold community
initiative to enhance our young people’s ability to
successfully navigate through life’s challenges. We wanted to find out how kids were feeling,
how were they doing, and we were surprised to find out,
unfortunately, that some of our students are feeling sad and they’re feeling worthless,
and they’re giving up hope, and we knew then that we wanted to
get together as a community to find out how we could
help and what we could do. The project aims to understand the key factors
that lead to stress and feelings of helplessness by
listening to Kaua’i’s youth. What we did was we talked to our kids and
we found out that they felt that there wasn’t enough things to
do on the island, that the island of Kauaʻi is no longer for them, that it caters more
toward tourists, and they requested that we add more programs to
have accessibility to more activities after school. Using this input, the Kaua’i Resilience Project
helps reinforce local youth programs with necessary
support for increased success. There are other sources of structure, too. It could be a team or a collaborating school,
or just making sure they remain engaged in school and continue
to advance in their classes. But we find that engagement of
all different kinds is associated with resilience. Rolling out the community action plan, the
project strives to help our young people thrive. There’s an important study that was done on
Kaua’i many years ago that discovered that no matter how
hard and how challenging a life that a child may have, if they have one caring adult, it
makes all the difference and they can be resilient. So, our goal is to ask everybody on Kaua’i
to help listen to our young people, to help do things with them,
to include them in their life so that everyone can feel
connected and feel happier and more resilient. Through consistent effort, the project is
making an impact. Finding a mentor would be like joining a group
and seeing if you like the group leader, joining a sports
team and seeing if you like the coach, joining like a faith-based organization, a church
group, a youth group, something like that and, uh, those
kinds of folks, the adults that are in those kinds of positions are
very frequently open to mentorship. So, all of us are working hard to bring resources
into the community for youth, we’re bringing after
school programs, we’re bringing things to do on evenings and weekends, we’re helping
kids learn how to be resilient. As our island’s youth grows, so does the support
from the Kaua’i Resilience Project. This is Michael
Amoyo from Kapaʻa High School for HIKI NŌ. HIKI NŌ is on Instagram. For special HIKI NŌ content, follow us on
[email protected] We’re here on the campus of Konawaena High
School on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Our media teacher and HIKI NŌ advisor is
Michelle Obregon. While she is passionate about providing
opportunities for her students, she equally enjoys eating cupcakes with sprinkles and
making sure her students join in on the fun. Ms. Obregon has been a media teacher for 16
years at Konawaena. She
enjoys learning along with her students about new applications, equipment and creative challenges. One
of the best things about being in her media program is meeting new people and learning
about our community. Also, she might ask you where her glasses
are, and they’re usually on her head. The
following story from Konawaena High School is about muralist Martin Charlot restoring
a mural he painted 46 years ago. Now, of course when I painted it the first
time, I was a young guy and here I am, I’m an old disabled
man. Renowned artist, Martin Charlot, is restoring
a 38-panel mural he painted 46 years ago located on the
outside of the Ellison Onizuka Gymnasium at Konawaena High School in leeward Hawaiʻi. The
Konawaena Foundation and principal, Shawn Suzuki, made arrangements for 74-year-old
Martin to come to Hawaiʻi with his team of helpers. It was really gratifying when I got Shawn’s
phone call saying that, uh, he wanted the mural conserved. You know, a lot of these murals when they
get so burned out by the sun and the rain and all, they just
take the panels and, uh, dispose of them. He paints actual people and those are actual
kūpuna, those are actual members of our community, that’s
literally, um, a photograph, and I think that it means a heck of a lot to this community
because it is absolutely part of our history and represents
the people in the community that are here. The mural is titled ʻOhana Hoʻoponopono
Kōkua, which means family, reconciliation and assistance. I’m working from actual students of the time,
so if you think of it here they’re seventeen, and forty-six
years ago, if you do the math, today they’re in their 60s. A lot of the people in the mural have been
coming back to introduce themselves to me. One family, uh, was telling me that they come
back every year to see the mural and they were getting
very concerned about it because it was really fading. Art runs in the family. Martin’s father, Jean Charlot, was an internationally
known artist and a key figure in the Mexican mural movement. Like his father, Martin is carrying on the
family legacy of painting murals in Hawaiʻi and on the Mainland. Martin’s son, Kamalu, is also helping paint
the mural. Oh well, I’ve learned everything from my dad. He was a muralist, so even when I was a very
young boy, I was on scaffolds with him, helping him,
in the early stages I would be mixing the colors and grinding
the colors. So, I was very glad my father was still alive
because I…he taught me how to paint and here I
was able to do this large mural for him to see what I had done. The restoration of the Konawaena mural might
not have happened if it wasn’t for the family and friends
who came to Martin’s aid in 2005, when his health suddenly declined. Uh, they had to use, uh, paddles to start
my heart up, so, um, my brother says, uh, you weren’t almost
dead, you were dead. So, having that little whisper in the ear
and rushing to save me, I look very much, from my point of view, that it’s like a miracle,
so, I’m really glad to be here and even though my body is
very compromised now, I only have one eye, I don’t have two, and I can’t walk without
a walker. While the passage of time has transformed
the mural and the artist, it hasn’t changed Martin’s passion
for painting, ensuring that the history of Konawaena will be preserved for future generations. You’re young, you think, ah, what is it like
to be old, but it’s really you’re the same guy, I mean I feel
like I’m the same guy when I was six years old. I just, uh, keep in there, pitching, doing
what I love to do which is paint, I love to paint. This is Christian Aragon, from Konawaena High
School for HIKI NŌ. Our next story comes to us from the island
of Oʻahu, where students at Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy take
us to a taiko drum class that defies conventional expectations. Taiko, or wa-daiko, is the ancient art of
Japanese drumming that was originally used for practical
purposes, like communicating over long distances. Now, taiko has become a performance art,
showcasing both the musicality and physical endurance of its players. TCP is Taiko Center of the Pacific. We are a school of traditional and contemporary
Japanese drumming. Taiko Center of the Pacific started in 1994,
here in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. My husband and I
wanted to perpetuate the art form and teach our young people about the Japanese drums. The Taiko Center of the Pacific offers many
classes to the public, including one for the deaf and hard of
hearing. I met Chizuko and I asked if I could, you
know, set up a class for the deaf people, and she helped me
with the process of setting it up and inviting everyone and then it started and that’s how
I got involved. I thought, wow, what? They’re so famous and popular and they’re
giving us a class, so excited to join. Classes are structured to give its participants
visual cues. Students learn technique, movements and
patterns with the help of Chizuko Endo, an assistant, and sign language interpreter. I watch her with an interpreter, who is interpreting
what the teacher is saying, but then, she always leads
us by drumming and we follow the leader. Also, we have an assistant, you know, like
an internship or fellowship person who shows us what to do. We follow whoever is standing in front of
us, we just watch them carefully and follow what their hands
are doing. We make sure we’re matching the hit exactly. I try to use a lot of physical movements and,
um, I feel the students really need to visualize and watch. But the great thing about taiko drumming is
that the vibrations can be felt through your whole body, so
they can really feel every strike of the drum and they said they really liked it because
the drums were loud and these were deaf people. The students in this class don’t see their
deafness as a limitation to being a drummer and performer. I guess that many people would be surprised
because they think that deaf people can’t play drums, they
can’t hear. But they don’t realize we can feel the vibrations,
we can watch and use our eyes to see what’s happening, so we’re fine, really. Well, I feel like I’m not alone. I feel like, you know, I’m not the only one. We feel like we can do
something, we can learn new things, we can do it together. It’s affected them in a positive way that
they can do something that before, previously, they thought they
could not do. They perform just as well as any hearing person. I like to see that taiko is not just for the
hearing or physically able people. We can, we’re capable, you know, it’s just
we can’t hear, can’t hear, that’s not the point. Really, we can
follow, we can use our eyes to watch and learn and copy and really that’s what we can do
for the deaf. The students would agree that they love what
they’re learning and are committed to getting better as
performers. Well, I enjoy playing it because for me, it
just feels so good, that’s all I can say, I just totally enjoy
drumming. I would watch taiko drummers and I would feel
like, I wish I could do that, too, and I thought it was just a wish. I didn’t think it could really happen and
now it’s a reality and I’m just so stoked about it. It’s just so exciting. I’ve been involved and I’ll stick with them,
I’m not going to give up. I’m gonna continue doing it
because it really feels great and I love it. Despite being deaf and hard of hearing, these
taiko students continue to play passionately and share their
love for the art with the community. This is Kaycee Nakashima from Hawaiʻi Baptist
Academy for HIKI NŌ. We’re here, on the campus of Kealakehe Intermediate
on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island. Our media
teacher and HIKI NŌ advisor is Matheiu Williams. He’s been a teacher here at Kealakehe Intermediate
for eight years and was awarded 2019 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year. Mr. Williams is unlike any
other teacher because he encourages us to do our best and never lets us give up on ourselves. He has
taught us the importance of visual storytelling and secretly is an amazing singer with the
voice of an angel. The following story is from Kealakehe Intermediate
School on Hawaiʻi Island. It features a fire knife
dancer and mentor describing the importance of this cultural dance. My name is Afa Tualaulelei and I am a teacher
at Kealakehe Intermediate School and I teach fire knife
outside. When I was young, I got into fire knife dancing. At the age of four, I’d go with my dad to
the lūʻau shows. He would be the fire knife dancer, so I’d
sit in the back with the spotlight guy and I’d
watch him on the stage every night and I kinda just watched and learned. Fire knife dancing is, uh, an art
that comes from Samoa that’s called ailao, spinning of the stick. It was a war dance that the warriors
would do, when they’d come back, they’d celebrate and it would emulate what they did in battle. Fire
knife dancing represents courage, humility, just bravery to even want to dance with fire. You add fire to
a dance, fire’s so destructive, everybody’s mindset on fire is that, you know, people
going to get hurt, and that it’s such a dangerous element that
when you see it being controlled in a dance, it makes it
special. Fire knife dancing is one of the art that
will…[INDISTINCT] it’s not just something that you’d have fun
with, you know, you have to learn and be disciplined with fire, and make sure you practice a lot
because it won’t just come to you. Growing up it was very hard to learn from
someone because not a lot of people were doing it and I think
just whatever I learned throughout my years, I just want to pass it down. I teach the art of fire knife
because I want to leave a legacy. A lot of the kids that come through the class,
they gotta have that desire in them to learn because at the end
of the day, you’re dancing with fire and a knife, so, if you’re
not as motivated, you’re gonna get hurt. My favorite part with practicing with Afa
is that, not only does he teach fire knife, he teaches like, the
values, like, along with being a better person. Usually, when people practice fire knife when
they go and perform, like, it’s all about the money, but
what Afa tries to instill in us is that it’s about like respect and
like you do it out of respect, you don’t just do it for the money. Fire knife kind of means everything. It’s life in a dance, pretty much, I mean,
you’re gonna get burned, you’re gonna get nicks and scars and that’s
pretty much life, you’re gonna get burned in life, but, you
gotta have the courage to stand back up and dance again. This is Kaleihua Mederios from Kealakehe Intermediate
School for HIKI NŌ. Next, from the island of Oʻahu, students
at McKinley High School take us behind the scenes of a nature
center that is creating the next generation of environmental stewards. Look, we have shrimp. See ’em? At Hawai’i Nature Center, our mission is to
connect children and families to nature. We want to create
the next generation of environmental stewards who can care for this unique place that we
all call home. Located in the heart of Makiki Valley on the
island of Oʻahu, lies the Hawai’i Nature Center, where
young minds can get a real feel for environmental education. There’s something that you can’t ever replace
sitting in a classroom, with feeling wind on your skin or
seeing a shrimp in the stream or hearing the birds in the forest. When groups come to our programs, it
enhances what they’re learning in the classroom because science is all around us. It’s a dream job in that
sense, bringing together my two passions which would be environmental education, environmental
stewardship, and culture, and so, I find it really wonderful that I get to do what I love
every day, to share that with the next generation is pretty wonderful. Our world is in big trouble, there’s big changes
happening and we can ignore it on a day-to-day level to some extent, but what’s happening,
we’re noticing more and more, and so, for us to
be able to share that with kids, to reach kids, is very valuable. Kids at the start of the week may be littering
at school or their parents may be using a lot of disposable
plastics at home and by the end of the week, these kids are bringing zero-waste lunches
where they are able to compost everything they don’t use
and their kids are taking green bags to the store. A big part of it is modeling by example. Kind of draw them in that direct one-on-one
context, pull them in, get them excited, show them that you’re
excited about it. We want them to feel empowered and inspired,
that they’re able to make a difference in changing the
community and taking care of this planet. The Hawai’i Nature Center believes that through
education, individual impacts can make a sustainable future possible, powered by today’s youth. The best way to save the planet, I think,
is to first experience it and learn about it and care about it. That
will then lead to stewardship down the road, by having those fundamental connections with
the environment and that’s what our mission is
at the Nature Center. This is Kera Rasavanh from President William
McKinley High School for HIKI NŌ. We’re here on the Sacred Hearts Academy campus
in Kaimukī on Oʻahu. Our media teacher, Mrs.
Alyssa Meyers, went from the newsroom to the classroom. She started her career in teaching over six
years ago after working in both the newspaper and broadcast industries. When she’s not hanging at
school, she’s hanging 10, at the beach. That’s where she spends most of her time,
catching family waves with her husband and daughter, Liv. They also enjoy taking annual surf and snow
trips around the world. The following story, from Sacred Hearts Academy
on Oʻahu, shows how art has brightened up Kaimukī,
bringing the theme of Hawai’i back to the community. It’s a charming little town but it was getting
kinda shabby. Kaimukī is a small, vibrant neighborhood
known for its local shops and eateries. For the last several
years, this East Honolulu community has also become a target for vandals. In September of 2018, a team
of local artists called Street Art Hawaii decided to fight back with their paintbrushes. We took traffic signal boxes and many of them
had graffiti on them and turned them into pieces of art. Founder Jennifer Noel took her idea to the
Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts. When she received
permission to paint, Street Art Hawaii went to work. All of the boxes, in order to even be selected,
you have to have a thread of Hawaii in their theme and it
has to be family friendly. Local artist Jenny Floro found her Hawaiʻi
theme in backyard fruits. The mural that I painted for Kaimukī, um,
I focused on local fruit. I chose uh, lychee, mango, apple
bananas and papaya. Wendy Robert has incorporated her own theme
of endangered species. I hope that it will bring a spirit of what
is so wonderful about Hawaiʻi, the beautiful nature and the
vibrant cultures, and not just my murals but the other murals that have been created through
this initiative. Many say the paintings evoke feelings of joy
and community spirit. Seeing splashes of color everywhere, seeing
the creativity come out throughout out the community on
different walls, even on tiny little spaces. So far, Street Art Hawaii has painted more
than a dozen signal boxes and buildings along Wai’alae
Avenue. Artists hope to expand their work, making
it harder for vandals to leave their mark. I hope it takes off and they’re going to see
art, not just on traffic signal boxes but in unexpected places. Whatever their canvases may be, they hope
these public tributes to the islands evoke pride and
inspiration in all who view them. Just to bring joy to the community and bring
beauty and also bring a theme of Hawai’i back to the
community. And who knows? These unconventional works of art could plant
the seed for a new generation of artists. I encourage everybody out there to pick up
a paint brush or a pencil, no matter how bad you think you
are, you can’t do it, I say give it a try. This is Kirsten Aoyagi, from Sacred Hearts
Academy for HIKI NŌ. Well, we’ve come to the end of this episode
of HIKI NŌ. Remember, all 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 next week for more proof
that Hawai’i’s students HIKI NŌ. Can do. Stay tuned after the credits to see how the
teachers learn the digital media skills that they pass along to
THE CREDITS] Welcome, welcome, good morning. Today, I’m at the teacher’s conference, and
I’m having this talk that I have with students with teachers,
helping them to learn how the cameras work, how the sound is done, how to scout, learn
a little bit about pre-production, production and, uh, so that
they can come back with good pictures and good sound. I
think, just by the attendance alone, I think you can tell that the teachers are interested. They want to
know and, uh, it’s a great exercise in, uh, in learning about production. What PBS Hawai’i is doing here — getting
the teachers together and collaborating and really kind of
pushing a lot higher level learning — is just fantastic. These conferences are great because, number
one, you get to meet all the great teachers in their media
programs. And they’re important just so that we can
build off of each other, we can learn from each
other and I think this is all just to help us and to help our students when it comes
to participating in HIKI NŌ and understanding what it takes. I think it’s excellent. It’s a great resource for teachers. It’s been wonderful and really helpful, and
I feel like I actually have something I can go back
and implement when I go back to school. It’s a great opportunity especially uh, I’m
really stoked to bring this all back to my kids and like, you
know, I want to get started on stories right away. I’m super excited. You know how I like working with the kids,
I think it’s important because they can learn a lot of skill
sets with it. They learn critical thinking. They have to solve problems. How do you tell a story, that in of
itself is a very valuable tool to have in your box, so HIKI NŌ does that, I think,
and offers an opportunity to actually be on a much bigger
stage because it is broadcast, it is PBS and, uh, then they
could have in any other way. You can make a lot of things for YouTube or
Vimeo, or social media, or you can play with your friends, but that is
not the same as going out to a broadcast public audience and
telling a story about yourself, your community, your school. HIKI NŌ affords them that opportunity. [END] HIKI NO 1102.mp3 Page 1 of 9

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