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NŌ [INTRO] Aloha, I’m Kaila Foster from Kamehameha Schools
Maui Middle School. ‎ And I’m Lucas Roberts from ʻEwa Makai Middle
School on Oʻahu.‎ Welcome to this special 2020 Winter Challenge
Middle School Edition of HIKI NŌ. ‎ Hawaiʻi’s new wave of storytellers. ‎ At the end of January of this year, Lucas
and I were among the many HIKI NŌ students who ‎
participated in the 2020 HIKI NŌ Winter Challenge. ‎ Schools across the state that entered the
competition had to complete a HIKI NŌ story based on a theme ‎
that was not revealed to us until the start of the competition. ‎ And that theme was: The wisdom of elders brought
to life by the young. ‎ The participating teams had just four days
to come up with the story idea, get commitments from the ‎
people in the story, then shoot it, write it and edit it. Students are usually given about two months
to ‎ create a HIKI NŌ story. ‎ All entries were judged by the members of
the HIKI NŌ Editorial Board. The judges scored each entry ‎
based on the following criteria: How well did the story capture the essence of the assigned
theme?‎ How well did the entry fulfill the HIKI NŌ
story criteria? The criteria used throughout the school year
to ‎ determine which stories are approved to air
on HIKI NŌ.‎ And finally, how much did the production values,
the quality of the cinematography, editing and sound ‎
contribute to the overall effectiveness of the story?‎ From the numeric scores based on these criteria,
the judges were able to determine Honorable Mention, ‎
Third Place, Second Place and First Place finishers in two separate divisions: Middle
School and High ‎ School. ‎ Today, we’re going to spotlight the stories
that placed in the Middle School Division of the competition. ‎ But because the judges were so impressed by
the overall quality of the entries, they also wanted to ‎
feature some of the stories that did not place, but which they felt needed to be seen in order
to show the ‎ great diversity of approaches that the students
pursued. ‎ Students from Kapaʻa Middle School on Kauaʻi
created one such story. Let’s see their take on the ‎
wisdom of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ Sara Miura is the sales and marketing director
of M. Miura Store, doing business as Déjà Vu Surf ‎
Hawaiʻi. This is one business that has been using the
wisdom of their elders to prove that knowledge ‎
does not only exist in school and books, but within the minds of people who lived for many,
many years. ‎ M. Miura Store has been in business for, this
year we celebrate our 111th anniversary of doing business ‎
here on the island of Kauaʻi. The business was started by my great-great
grandfather, Mankichi Miura. ‎
He had travelled to Hawaiʻi from his home in Japan in 1907, and initially he had moved
to Kauaʻi to ‎ work on the sugar plantations. You know, after a while, he discovered that
it wouldn’t provide the ‎ glamorous lifestyle or riches that they had
been promised and so he went back to his roots in what he ‎
knew, which was making Japanese confections.‎ So, over time, his, um, business evolved and
he opened a store here in Kapaʻa town and over the years ‎
it’s evolved from a candy store to a general store to a family clothing store, and today
the business ‎ consists of three surf shops. So, currently the business is owned and operated
by three siblings: my ‎ father, Tad, his brother Eric, and their sister
Ann. And, um, currently my brother-in-law, Lauren,
and I ‎ are assisting with the day-to-day operations. So, you know, it’s been a part of our family
for five ‎ generations now, and it really means a lot
to us, and so, we do continue to, um, be excited to perpetuate ‎
this family business. ‎ It is evident that the Miura family success
comes from a business plan rooted deep in tradition with ‎
wisdom of their elders, and there is no doubt that they will continue to instill this passion
for great ‎ service through their young for many years
to come. ‎ This is Wainohia Kitamura from Kapaʻa Middle
School for HIKI NŌ. ‎ Kaila, what did you think of Kapaʻa Middle
School’s approach to the theme? ‎ I thought that it was very well written and
the way that they worded their script was very empowering to ‎
the message that they were trying to get across. ‎ Yeah, I thought so, too. Now, let’s take a look at how students from
Kealakehe Intermediate School on ‎ the Kona side of Hawaiʻi Island interpreted
the wisdom of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ Some of us learn more by seeing than doing,
but this incredible woman has taught herself to make ‎
delicate, yet unbreakable, art. ‎ My friend getting married, I make her wedding
bouquet. I learned it myself. I just look from the real ‎
one, you know, real flower. Ninety-nine percent, I have to see the real
one first, and then I making it. ‎
When I first started, I don’t think this is gonna be business. When I first started, I didn’t make any ‎
money, you know? Because I do the wedding bouquet, one year
maybe two, two wedding bouquet, you ‎ know? That’s it, that’s all I’m gonna make money. But, you know, continue making it and this
shop ‎ happen, that’s it. And now I start making flower. It not just like I’m making flower and then
business ‎ happen. It take long time. ‎ On Sundays, you can go down to Nana’s Clay
Flowers and learn how to make her own unique clay and ‎
how to create beautiful artwork. ‎ I mean, people taking class, I teach them
how to make my recipe clay. I just happy every time when the ‎
customer happy. I never push people to buy my thing, you know? I like people to see, love my stuff. Just ‎
tell them the truth. I never push them. ‎ Her daughter, Sabrina, observed her making
clay flowers and was able to learn just by sight. ‎ I didn’t…I never start teaching her. She grow up and she see me all her life and
I never teach her, she ‎ just learn by seeing me. And her dad think, you know, one day, she
gonna take over, you know, my skill ‎ and everything.‎ Mom, this birthday, just give me that, that
flower, your flower, you know, they never ask me anything, ‎
only flower. She always excited when they do something
different. You know, said, Oh, mom is so ‎
good, mom is so cool, you know, she always say that all the time. And I do something new, she always, ‎
she will always excited.‎ Every time she have birthday she bring all
the friend and make clay all over my house here. I never push ‎
my daughter to do this, okay? She just happy to make stuff herself, you
know? I never push her and then ‎
tell her, you got to do this, do this. I think she gonna do the same thing with her
kid, you know? If her ‎
kid like it, do it. If her kid don’t like it, you know, she can
have their own life. Nothing is hard, you ‎
know, everything take time. [INDISTINCT] you know? I just love it, I feel happy. ‎ She truly loves what she does and is grateful
for her skill. This is Ronee Paulk from Kealakehe ‎
Intermediate School for HIKI NŌ.‎ So, what did you think of their story? ‎ Well, I really love how she enjoys the beautiful
art of clay-making and how she can pass that enjoyment ‎
off down to her family and her daughters. ‎ And I found it really interesting that she
kept saying that she doesn’t force anyone to take on that ‎
enjoyment, that they can just take it on. ‎ Yeah, you’re right. ‎ Now, from the Valley Isle, here’s what the
students at Maui Waena Intermediate School produced to ‎
explore the wisdom of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ So, I’ve been teaching ‘ukulele, this year
is going to be 29 years. ‎ Evelyn has been having ‘ukulele classes in
her garage at her house in Wailuku, hoping to share the love ‎
of the music she was raised on. ‎ I used to play when I was little, from my
mom, and I always felt that I could pass it on to my ‎
grandchildren or to other children. ‎ And the beat continues in the youth, like
Evelyn’s student, Mika. ‎ More people are learning how to play because
they think, or they think that it’s like, what our ancestors ‎
used to play, so they want to learn how to play it so they can continue it. ‎ Tradition is passed on because when they play,
uh, they take the ‘ukulele with them wherever they go. ‎
And they can tell their children that they knew how to play the ‘ukulele when they were
younger. It ‎
helps them to appreciate the music that they play. I’m so glad that the generations before me
was able to ‎ bring that to life in Hawaiʻi.‎ And the melody she learned continues on in
the hands and hearts of the hundreds of students she has ‎
taught over the years. ‎ I see it being passed down. I see a lot of our, our younger generation
playing it, you know? ‎ ‎’Ukulele is a very valuable instrument
and, um, we can use the ‘ukulele in many different ways to ‎
strengthen us, to help us develop our talents, to be able to give what we have as individuals
to others and ‎ not only for ourselves. ‎ Beautiful, I mean, it’s fantastic how they
can play, uh, the music so nice and sing it. ‎ Through music, the wisdom of elders is being
brought to life by the young. This is Sienna Racoma from ‎
Maui Waena Intermediate School for HIKI NŌ.‎ So, what did you think? ‎ I really liked how the ‘ukulele teacher connected
her story to the Hawaiian culture and how the ‘ukulele ‎
was so important to the Hawaiians back then and should still be today. ‎ I honestly think it’s amazing that she’s been
teaching in her garage for 29 years. ‎ Right. ‎ Now, we’re going to take a look at the story
by Highlands Intermediate School on Oʻahu, which ‎
received an Honorable Mention in the Middle School Division of the 2020 HIKI NŌ Winter
Challenge. ‎ Congratulations Highlands Intermediate! For your prize, you will be receiving one
hundred dollars in ‎ production equipment for your media program. ‎ Here’s their look at the wisdom of elders
brought to life by the young. ‎ Kevin Asano is a retired judoka that won the
1988 silver medal in the Summer Olympics. ‎ My sensei, I started in, like I said, I’m
from Hawai’i but I started in Okinawa. Yeah, my sensei was ‎
Fukushima Sensei, and he also came back to Hawai’i later and he started this club, Leeward
Judo Club, ‎ and now I’m one of the senseis here. So, we have two dojos and we want to expand
to other dojos, but ‎ really to have the younger generation take
over and really teach the next generation after them. ‎ Kevin Asano is now passing on what he has
learned to the Leeward Judo Club along with the help of his ‎
sons and daughters. ‎ Being trained by my father was not too much
of a different experience for me when I was younger. It ‎
was just, like, normal. But now, when I’m older, I can tell that it’s
a really good opportunity, a good ‎ privilege, because he has a lot of experience
that I wouldn’t have been able to get from just being a ‎
regular student. ‎ I enjoy judo because it helps me interact
with other people and learn, um, life skills. I learn that we’re all ‎
a family and we all have to care for each other. ‎ My goal as a sensei is to build champions
and leaders in life through judo. So, I want to use judo as a ‎
means to build, uh, verses to build a champion, not necessarily in a judo tournament winning
trophies ‎ and medals, but to become a good citizen in
life and also to become a leader. ‎ He hopes that the students pass on these traditions
for generations to come. This is Zack Aguinaldo from ‎
Highlands Intermediate School for HIKI NŌ. ‎ I really liked how the sensei was not only
trying to teach his students about judo, but also give them ‎
lessons that’ll help them throughout life. ‎ I personally loved how the little boy talked
about family and how judo teaches how we can stay together ‎
and stick together. And now, the third-place finisher in the Middle
School Division of the 2020 HIKI ‎ NŌ Winter Challenge is: ‎ Waiākea Elementary School on Hawaiʻi Island. Congratulations! Your media program will be receiving ‎
two hundred dollars in production equipment. ‎ Because there is no separate category for
elementary schools, they compete in the Middle School ‎
Division and this is the first time that an elementary school has placed in a HIKI NŌ
Challenge. ‎ Very impressive. Let’s see how they interpreted the wisdom
of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ Waiākea Elementary School students look up
to physical education teacher, Mr. Jensen Sato. ‎ My dad and my grandpa were very, uh, old school,
so they instilled a lot of discipline and they were ‎
very big on education and I think that’s one of the reasons why I went into education. They also inspired ‎
me to be the man I am today. ‎ In addition to teaching physical education,
Sato also coaches the school’s track team. ‎ He inspires me to keep on going and keep doing
the sport I love, no matter what other people say. ‎ But teaching isn’t his only passion. ‎ From what I remember as a little kid, I remember
my dad and my grandpa giving me a ball and a glove ‎
and throwing the ball to me, making me hit in the backyard and, I guess it was kinda,
it was always in ‎ my family. So it was kinda like, you’re gonna play this
sport, and eventually I fell in love with the ‎
game. ‎ At five feet six inches, Sato continued to
play baseball through college, but the average height of a ‎
professional baseball player is six feet two inches. ‎ Uh, I knew sooner or later my baseball career
is gonna end and there was no way of me playing after ‎
college so, I wanted to still stay involved with the game and help give back to the community. So, I ‎
started coaching at the youth level and then eventually working my way up to the high school,
and ‎ fortunately enough that, uh, Coach Kallen
Miyataki, the head coach with the Vulcans, asked me to be ‎
part of his coaching staff. And I’ve been coaching there for five years
and I love it and hopefully, I’ll be ‎ there for a long time more. ‎ As a coach, Sato is able to pass on his wisdom
to his students. ‎ Coach Jensen has influenced me as a player,
uh, he keeps me in check and he, uh, he teaches me little ‎
things on the field and off the field, a lot about character, keeping composure on the
field. ‎ But he still relies on the lessons from his
elders. ‎ My dad, my grandpa, and my long-time coach
from when I was young, Coach Eric Kurosawa, who, ‎
still, I call today to, uh, ask for help and, uh, try to help me through challenges that
I may have that I ‎ don’t have the answer to. And hopefully, he can give me some of his
expertise that I can pass on to my ‎ players. ‎ I hope I taught Jensen was to always compete,
to always give his best effort, and to always do your best. ‎ The lessons he learned from his coaches are
now the lessons he teaches his players. He may be small in ‎
size, but he has a giant amount of wisdom which is brought to life by his students. This is Rylie Ng from ‎
Waiākea Elementary School for HIKI NŌ.‎ I honestly thought that it was really cool
that they’re only in elementary school, but they’re creating high ‎
school level work. ‎ And about the story, it’s pretty awesome that
even though Coach Jensen wasn’t able to continue his ‎
career as a professional baseball player, he did show his love for the sport by coaching. ‎ You’re absolutely right. Now, I’m very excited to announce the next
winner because my co-host was ‎ part of the fabulous team that created that
story. Kaila, congratulations! Kamehameha Schools Maui ‎
Middle School took second place in the Middle School Division of the 2020 HIKI NŌ Winter
‎ Challenge. Your school’s media program will be receiving
three hundred dollars in production ‎ equipment as your prize. ‎ Thank you, Lucas. On behalf of my teammates and our advisor,
Mr. Siarot, this is a great honor. Here is ‎
our interpretation of the wisdom of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ Mia has one love and it’s playing the piano. ‎ I have been playing piano for about four years. I like playing the piano because whenever
I listen to ‎ music, it makes me feel happy. I like to play fast songs like Fur Elise and
Flight of the Bumblebee. Uh, ‎
Coco got me into piano. She is a piano teacher. ‎ Mia’s passion for this instrument is made
possible due to dedicated piano teachers like Mrs. Wunder, ‎
also known as Coco. Coco has been teaching for a while and has
had hundreds of students over the ‎ years. ‎ I’ve been teaching piano for about thirty-seven
years. I grew up playing piano. I love playing piano. ‎
Actually, I started because my sons were interested in playing piano and I actually took one of
my sons ‎ to a different music teacher. It was a class, and when I saw what was going
on, I thought, I could do this ‎ at home with my children, and so, I did that. ‎ Although Coco enjoys teaching students, she
admits it’s not always easy. ‎ That’s the challenge right there is, you know,
sometimes I’ve had students, well, I have a lot of students ‎
who have a lot of talent, but they’re involved in a lot of extracurricular things. So, they really can’t find ‎
the time to put into their weekly piano practice. And, um, that’s kind of, sometimes discouraging. There ‎
are some days when teaching is more challenging, especially when it’s been a long day. ‎ Coco believes that patience and love is what
these students need. ‎ But one of the things that I do, and I think,
mentally to overcome that, is I want each student to leave ‎
their lesson, their weekly lesson, feeling like they’ve accomplished something. That they’ve played ‎
something and done something well, as well as be able to go home and, um, feel like,
I have something ‎ new and challenging to work on. Uh, I learn about their family. We become a big family and that’s why ‎
my music program is called Keiki Maestro, you know, it’s a ‘ohana. ‎ Mia’s love for the piano will continue to
grow because…‎ Coco is my grandma. I want to become a professional piano player
or a piano teacher, like my grandma. ‎
My favorite part about my grandma is that she’s always there for me whenever I need
help. I look up to ‎
her for, um, being a good, um, role model. ‎ The wisdom Mrs. Wunder brings is not only
brought to life by Mia’s love and enthusiasm for piano, but ‎
it also brings life to the family legacy as well. This is Kaila Foster from Kamehameha Maui
Middle ‎ School for HIKI NŌ. ‎ I absolutely love your guys’ sequencing and
editing. It really made the story come together and
about ‎ the story, it was really pretty how Coco and
her family connects with piano. ‎ Thank you, Lucas, we really appreciate it. Well, that leaves just one more story and
the final results of ‎ the Middle School Division, and Lucas, I think
you’re very familiar with it. Congratulations to you and ‎
your teammates at ʻEwa Makai Middle School for taking first place! Your school’s media program will ‎
receive five hundred dollars in production equipment as your prize. ‎ Thank you, Kaila. On behalf of my teammates and our advisor,
Mr. Toyota, this is a great thrill. Here’s ‎
our take on the wisdom of elders brought to life by the young. ‎ I’m a misfit, as a misfit kid, I’m still a
misfit adult. ‎ James Roberts is the chief instructor of Hybrid
Kempo, a martial arts school, in ʻEwa Beach, along with ‎
his wife, Jocelyn Roberts. A mix of self-defense, various martial arts
and philosophy, the art of ‎ kajukenbo has been in James’ life for over
25 years. He continues to use the knowledge and wisdom
‎ given to him by his mentors in teaching his
own students the ways of kempo. ‎ Like when I started martial arts, I just wanted
to learn to fight. Being young, I suffered a lot of substance
‎ abuse, both within myself, family, friends,
and that really put a lot of anger, a lot of violence in me, a lot ‎
of fear, and martial arts kind of helped me stray away from those sort of things. ‎ James and his wife, Jocelyn, started the school
in 2011 to give a positive and helpful activity for the kids ‎
in the community. ‎ To become an instructor, that was originally
my, some of my first instructor’s idea. It was Ben that said ‎
if you want to be better as a martial artist, you have to know how to teach. So, even as a young age, as ‎
young as a purple belt, maybe 14, 15 years old, I was already help leading classes with
some of the ‎ young kids. That was my original inspiring…they inspired
me. ‎ From my previous instructors, their one piece
of advice is, um, once you stop learning, you stop ‎
growing. And I know that’s maybe a common phrase that
a lot say even outside of martial arts. That’s, ‎
that’s really important like, you’re seeking that endless knowledge, especially within
martial arts, and ‎ teaching. I believe again, we’re talking about instructors,
they were instructors, I’m now an instructor, so ‎
I believe that’s one way is, learning from them is pass this on. Don’t just hold it for yourself, tell your
‎ story about how it saved your life when you
were young and it continues to save your life as an adult.‎ So, just continue to grow and, um, just keep
teaching what you learn and just have a positive attitude. ‎
You know, I learned a lot from them. Just keep a positive attitude, no matter what
goes wrong that day, ‎ you just train the best you can with your
students and just continue to help develop them. We try to keep ‎
a good faith in our school, try to build our students to have that positive attitude so
they can go as high ‎ as they want in life. One thing again, is just always seek that
endless knowledge, you know, continue to ‎ learn, continue to grow, and just pass what
you do on to the next generation. ‎ Using the wisdom and guidance from his mentors
and the lessons learned from his troubled childhood, ‎
James aspires to pass on the education of not only kicking and punching, but of life
decisions, overall ‎ well-being, and faith to his students. This is Kevi Lynn Tsubaki from ʻEwa Makai
Middle School for ‎ HIKI NŌ. ‎ Wow, that was super impressive. I really enjoyed how, even though instructor
James had so many ‎ challenges and setbacks in life, that he took
that and he turned it into something amazing. And your ‎
background sounds was pretty on-point. ‎ Thank you, Kaila. And thank you for joining us on this special
Middle School Division 2020 Winter ‎ Challenge Edition of HIKI NŌ. ‎ We hope you enjoyed watching these diverse
variations on the theme of — the wisdom of elders brought ‎
to life by the young — as much as we’ve enjoyed sharing them with you. ‎ Congratulations to all the winning teams and
to all of the students who participated in this challenging ‎
competition. You’ve proven that we are Hawaiʻi’s new wave
of storytellers. ‎ Be sure to tune in next week for the results
of the High School Division of the 2020 HIKI NŌ Winter ‎
Challenge. ‎ You’ll see more proof that Hawaiʻi’s students
HIKI NŌ. ‎ Can do! ‎ ‎[END]‎ ‎ ‎ HIKI NO 1112.mp3‎ Page 1 of 1‎

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