Kauai tales spotlighted

LIHUE — Island School junior Josh Miller overcame a trail bike injury, rising to become captain of the Voyagers’ cross country team.

Miller, who finished fifth overall and third for the Voyager boys, crossed the line at 19 minutes and one second to help lead the team to the Kauai Interscholastic Federation boys championship on Saturday.

His saga of recovery from the motorcycle accident will be told by the Island School student television team as part of the first all-Kauai edition of “Hiki No” on PBS television, Channel 10, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The all-Kauai edition of Hiki No will be hosted by students from schools throughout Kauai, who will present video stories about their Kauai community.

“The students have been busy all week with their gear in preparation for this,” said Kevin Matsunaga, media instructor at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. “This is the first time Hiki No will be an all-Kauai show.”

Matsunaga’s students worked on a piece about Gail Mande, who overcome her drug addiction and currently counsels troubled youth.

The student crew also presents the story of Kauai firefighters who rescued more than 100 hikers from the Kalalau Trail last April, the feat earning the rescuers an award of valor.

Marissa Sandblom, PBS board member, is proud of the students’ accomplishments and invites the public to view the student showcase.

“Given that the upcoming show is fully dedicated to Kauai stories, written, produced, and record by Kauai students, we thought it would be great for the community to tune in and support the show,” Sandblom said. “We usually have a mixture of schools from around the state participating, or hosting a Hiki No show, but this is the first time it is an all-Kauai production. It is exciting to see how amazing our youth are in the creative technologies field.”

Kauai’s youngest and only female fire knife dancer featured during the North Shore Relay for Life is the focus of the student crew from Kapaa Middle School.

Kapaa High School crews also found how a local juice shop is finding fresh ways to support local farmers, and Kauai High School crews turn the cameras on a teen mentor who is motivated by personal tragedy to help others.

Students at Waimea High School present a piece on how an alumni foundation is providing vital support to their school.

Hiki No is Hawaii’s first statewide student news network comprised of 90 public, private, and charter schools from across the state.

For those who miss the program Thursday night, the all-Kauai piece will be available at www.PBSHawaii.org/hikino.


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