CKMS crew gets leg up from turkey sale

PUHI — Students exchanged time from behind the video cameras and editing machines to become business people Saturday.

The Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students were busy working with parents and teacher Kevin Matsunaga in distributing about 400 packages of smoked turkey legs.

That pickup coincided with the school’s annual craft fair which was taking place in the cafeteria Saturday, and several shoppers from the craft fair could not resist the packaged turkey legs from Kala Kokua.

“This is a new item for Kaua‘i,” Matsunaga said. “Someone got it in Honolulu and brought it back for us to look at. Because it’s new, the students had very little trouble selling it.”

Translated, Kala Kokua means “money help,” and Matsunaga said the group needs a lot of it this year.

Last year, he took his video team to a conference in Los Angeles, but this year, that conference moves to Florida which means travel expenses are almost double, he said.

The students are no strangers to video work, having served as the crew for Kapa‘a High School home football games for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation. The team’s work can be seen on Channel 26 starting Sunday night following the Friday night game.

“Kapa‘a didn’t have a crew, so our students stepped in to do the filming,” Matsunaga said. “The Kaua‘i High School games are all former students who are now in high school, and they stepped forward to help.”

During the video conference in California last year, Matsunaga said the CKMS team did well, finishing with a second place in an anchor contest, third in another competition, and second place in a challenge contest.

During the challenge, Matsunaga said the students have one week to produce a video which is entered into the competition.

In addition to the turkey leg sale, Matsunaga said the group will be hosting its third annual golf tournament on Nov. 16 at the Wailua Golf Course.

Applications for players and sponsors are still being accepted, he said.

The tournament will have a shotgun start at 7 a.m. with the golfers being treated to lunch at the Wailua Houselots Park following play.

“There will be lots of prizes,” Matsunaga said. “In fact, at last year’s tournament, every golfer went home with a prize.”

Parents have already started work on the lunch menu which they will prepare for the golfers, Matsunaga said.

Students from the CKMS video team are from the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes.

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