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NŌ [INTRO MUSIC] Aloha, I’m Tiffany Sagucio, a 2019 HIKI NŌ
graduate from Kauaiʻi High School. Earlier this fall, I had
the honor of being included in a HIKI NŌ Class of 2019 special, in which fellow HIKI
NŌ students and I discussed our HIKI NŌ experiences and the
skills we gained from those experiences. Now, as a freshman multimedia journalism major
at UH-Mānoa, I’m finding that the HIKI NŌ skills of
collaboration, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and taking responsibility
are really coming in handy. Many HIKI NŌ students have utilized these
skills in projects outside of HIKI NŌ. One example
of this is their participation in an annual national competition, the STN, or Student
Television Network, Challenge. In this context, HIKI NŌ middle and high
school students compete against their peers all across the
country. It’s very inspiring to see young digital storytellers
from this small island state in the middle of
the Pacific excel against students from states such as Texas, California and Florida. The STN Challenge
is similar to our local HIKI NŌ Challenges. Participating student teams are given a limited
amount of days — in this case, six — to conceptualize,
organize, shoot, write and edit a story based on a particular
theme. The theme is not announced until the beginning
of the six-day production window. Tonight, we’re going to take a look at some
of the stories created by HIKI NŌ schools in the News
Feature category in this year’s STN Challenge. The theme for this category was: role models. Our first
STN Challenge entry proves that role models come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Even a nine-year-old
girl can be a role model. It also shows that the role models have their
role models. From the students of
Junior Searider News at Wai’anae Intermediate School on Oʻahu, here is Junior Champion. Logyn Lynn Puahala is a nine-year-old trying
to make her way to the top in the sport of judo. Her
parents are part-owners of Hawaii Kaikaku Judo Club, located in Waipahu, Hawaiʻi. It is here that
Logyn spends many hours each week helping to train preschoolers, as well as students
who are older than her. I’m going to teach them because they don’t
know like, everything about judo. They keep on like,
running around and they don’t like, listen. One judo student who looks up to Logyn as
a role model is her best friend, Eli Oshiro. She inspires me by helping me train for when
I go off to the Mainland. I want him to learn some moves from me. But who is the better of this duo? She has more balance and ability to throw
me. Judo training is something Logyn is learning
from her role model who is also her coach and her father,
Robin Puahala Junior. You still have to turn your wrists… Because he teaches me but he, uh, coaches
me at the tournaments. As the head coach for Pearl City High School,
Coach Rob has won five State Championships and has
come in as a state runner-up six times. He has also been named the Hawai’i High School
Athletic Associations Judo Coach of the Year five times. After watching her father coach many championships,
it’s only natural for Logyn to want to be a
champion herself. I want to get to the Olympics and win. She’s not alone in her goal. My goals for her are high. We want her to go to the Olympics or World
Championships. Having her father as her coach can be challenging. She’s my daughter, so, uh, you, I feel that
I have to push her a lot harder than most people were. I don’t
give her a lot of slack that other kids get. So, it makes it harder for me and harder for
her. It’s that kind of coaching that is helping
Logyn win championships. She already has six national titles, three
international titles, and one bronze. Currently, only one loss. I
don’t know how many victories. The one loss is the only one that matters
to us, the only thing that we really keep track of. Keeping track of her loss is what Logyn and
her father are using as motivation for her future
tournaments. Push her, I need to push her day in and day
out. I get her as much training as I can. No matter what the future holds for Logyn,
one thing is certain… I just want the best for her. Whether she succeeds or fails, I’m still there
for her as a coach and as a father. This is Denise Cabrera, reporting for Junior
Searider Television. The great thing about role models is that
they can inspire others to become role models, too, sparking a
chain reaction that perpetuates their positive influence into the future. The following STN Challenge
entry by journalists from Now Loading News at Moanalua High School, shows how a national
role model inspired a Hawaiʻi resident to become
a local role model for her island community. And today, October 19th, 2019, we are celebrating
the first ever National Period Day. Over twenty people gathered to talk about
period poverty and the accessibility of menstrual hygiene
products. So, the Period Movement started in 2014, by
a woman named Nadya Okamoto. She realized that
homeless women and women with low income wasn’t able to afford period products, so that is
why she started the Period Movement because she wanted
to focus to have equal access for all. Um, Period
Movement has two actions, so the first action is to provide menstrual products in prisons,
schools and shelters, and the second one is to end the
tampon tax. Because of her and her role model that she
become, she became for a lot of women, you know, it made me feel like, you know, I can
be a role model, myself, for the Hawai’i community,
so that is why I started Period Hawaii. Periods are not a luxury, access to these
products are not a luxury, they’re a right. The Period Movement wanted to talk periods
and so they did. If we can find a way to take away that stigma
and not have to worry about hiding your tampon or your
pad in your sleeve or in your pocket discreetly so you can walk to the bathroom, and I just
think, it’s a product of nature, so why are we getting so
uptight about it? My mom, she moved here from the Philippines
when she was eleven years old and when she got her
period, she did not have access to feminine products, and so, she would have to rely on
a towel, like she would have to stuff her underwear with towels,
um, just to manage through the month. For Period Hawaii, empowering women is always
the goal, but their vision goes beyond that. On three, one-two-and-three… It’s not like we are focusing on the lower
class or the homeless woman, what we are doing is trying to
uplift everybody in the Hawai’i community to become a role model themselves, to help
each other. Because really, that’s what it is, if you
are a role model for each other, you are inspiring others to take
on your work, take on the awareness to really push the problem, the issue, and try to fix
it. I think by putting that visibility out there,
bringing awareness to this issue, I think that’s a great step in
the right direction. Period Hawaii can be a role model, not only
for the Hawai’i community, but for everybody else. We are
a small island but with a very big voice and I feel like if we push the awareness and become
active in what we believe for, we can definitely be
a role model for others. Suzanne Tran, Now Loading News. Some role models don’t set out to become that. Some aren’t even aware that they are role
models. They
just do what comes naturally for them. They do what they feel are the right things
to do, and when their actions inspire others to do the same, they
still don’t believe that they’re special. The following STN
Challenge entry from students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauaʻi, is about
one of these unassuming heroes. Loading, Loading. Russell Haluapo is a local volunteer on the
island of Kauaʻi. Well, what I do to help the community, I just…sometimes
I don’t think of helping the community, I just
like to help. Like I was telling your friend over here,
I do the core handicap kids, paralyzed kids, paralyzed adults, we take them out in the
ocean, spend time with them once a month. I do the Food Bank
here, at Kapaʻa Missionary, you know, stuff like that. When you see somebody that’s been, whether
by something they were born with or a disease that they
got, or like an accident, that they cannot participate in activities that they used to
love, and you can see somebody in a wheelchair riding on a stand-up
paddle board North Shore, he made that happen. He
makes that happen for people all the time. Russell is a role model to other people. He’s definitely one of my role models. Um, I strive to be more like Russell because
he gives and he makes such a big difference to people. Like I said, I’m very humble to even be considered
as a role model because like I said, what I do, I don’t
feel I’m a role model, I just feel like I’m thankful that I can be used in a community
to help others. And
there’s times that I don’t want to help, there’s times that I don’t even want to come to the
Food Bank, but, when you do, that initiative you take
to come here, there’s a person there that needs you more than
you think you coming to help them. He believes that his influencers made him
who he is today. Yeah, my mom and dad. They’re very positive and I’d like to see
more children growing up with the models of parents like that, because you know,
God puts you in situations where you need to help
people, you know? So, I find myself doing that. If you’re home and you have no respect at
home, and no respect for your mom and dad, then you’re
not going to have any respect for, you know, Pastor Bob
Hallman, whoever it is. It starts at home, you gotta get that foot
in that home. Despite Russell Haluapo occasionally struggling,
he still tries to find a way to help others in need and is
a role model without even knowing or trying. For the Student Television Network, I’m Aaliyah
Nero. Mothers are natural role models for their
children, especially when they inspire their offspring to believe
in themselves and follow their dreams. The following STN Challenge entry by journalists
from Tiger TV at ʻEwa Makai Middle School on Oʻahu,
profiles a young fashion designer who followed her
mother’s example of being a strong woman. LexBreezy is a local business owned by a model
wahine who produces fashionable clothing for the
people of Hawaiʻi. Throughout her career, she has shown the power
of being a strong woman and how it has led her to be who she is today. I started my own clothing line when I was
22 years old. I really didn’t know anything about fashion,
all I knew was that my mom did clothing, but she
said, uh, she’s led me into the right direction but she made
me do all the work. She motivated me to just start something on
my own and to put my name on something so I have something to remember
and something my kids can remember. So, my mom was
really the one who really, uh, motivated me and she still, she’s literally my motivation
to this day. Um,
all our moms, all our moms here are more motivations, I mean, they work so hard, they provide for
us, and they just do it with a big smile on their
face. Sharing the same interests as her mother,
Lola Miller, Alexis has been motivated to start her own
successful business in the fashion industry. Building from the ground up, she has built
a business that will be remembered for years to come. I started really small, I, um, began building
my social media marketing first, so I built that for a couple
years, and I began branding my name-Lex Breezy, um, and from there, I just took off running. I, when
I started fashion school, which was a two-year program, and they teach us how to sew, they
teach us how to draft patterns, and they teach us how
to sketch, they teach us everything that you need to know
how to make a full garment, something like this. Taking the values taught by her mother, Lex
Breezy shares these values through her work with every
customer that comes through her store. She hopes that future business owners will
learn from the advice that she gives as a model wahine. After high school, I graduated, I left college,
I didn’t go back for a few years, and I ended up finding
something that I love to do. So, my first advice would be to, for you guys
to stay in school, get good grades, and I think it’s just to be kind to
everybody, because a lot of your friends you are in school with
now, you will meet them again in ten, in fifteen years, and you will either want to work with
them, they want to work for you, so um, that’s so important. Um, another advice I can give you guys is
to work hard, um, and like, just chase after your
dreams and if you really love something, then go after it, um,
don’t let anybody tell you, you can’t do something. Alexis Akiona’s hard work and dedication has
paid off with her now flourishing business. She hopes
that her story of how her business came to be will inspire the future generations of
fashion designers to work hard, follow their dreams, and to be
a role model just like what she is today. This is Aaliyah
Tanacio from ʻEwa Makai Middle School for Tiger TV. It’s very common for teachers to be role models
to their students, just as it for fathers to be role models
for their children. But what’s it like for a teacher who also
happens to be a father? The following STN
Challenge entry from students at Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School explores this dual
dynamic. Clarke Tuitele is an experienced teacher who
loves working with his students. I’ve been teaching here at Kamehameha Schools
for 18 years. This is my 18th year here at the school. This is a regular book. This is a comic book. I realized I love to teach and I love to teach
other people. I always had this affinity for kids. I loved
playing with little kids, so I decided why not go into elementary ed? Just as he loves his students, Mr. Tuitele’s
students love him. Yes, they do look up to me. I think being a male teacher in elementary
is very unique. Most of the
elementary teachers are female and because of that the kids, they cleave to you, they
run to you, they want to be by you, um, it’s something that
sets us apart, I think, at the elementary level, to be a male,
and to be able to touch their lives. Teaching isn’t the only thing Mr. Tuitele
strives to excel in. He also strives to be a good example to his
family. My wife and I have been married for 21 years. We have six children with us. Yes, I feel like I’m a pretty
good example to my kids. My wife and I try to instill good attributes
in them. That sense of Christianity,
I guess you could say. Having a big family and being a teacher is
tough to balance. Mr. Tuitele finds it a challenge to balance
his time with students and his kids. A lot of times it’s a juggling act and we
are scrambling to find coverage and it’s, it’s hard. It’s hard to
schedule in time. I wanted to exude love. I wanted to praise and compliment. When you do that, they
look up to you more and you become a greater influence for good in their lives because
of that. Though his free time might be limited, he
still finds a way to show his kids that family time is in the
small and simple things, as well as showing fatherly love to his students. So, I think spending quality time with your
kids. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but
just knowing that they feel that you love them and cherish
them and recognize them. Being a father totally changed
my outlook on things because I was an elementary teacher, I was always surrounded by kids of
that age. I think it has allowed me to become more patient,
more loving, more kind as I look at them…I view my
students like my own kids, um, and what would my kids do? What would my kids say? How should I
respond? Through it all, Mr. Tuitele works hard to
make sure that he is a good role model for both his students, as
well as his family. This is Rylee Rosenthal reporting from Kamehameha
Maui for STN. Some people become role models after they
survive a hardship and then decide to pay it forward and
help those who are going through similar struggles. Such is the case in our next STN Challenge
story from students at Maui High School. It’s about a young woman dedicated to helping
others who, like her, have had to navigate the foster care system. Ooo, nice. I’m honestly just overall grateful for everything
that I’ve eventually been through and where I’m at now, because the fact that I can take
that and I can help others, it warms my heart, it makes me
feel happy. You got this. But 17-year-old Maui high school senior, Nadia
Onishi, remembers a time when life wasn’t so cheerful. At five, I was just put into the foster care
system and didn’t really know where I was going, didn’t really
know who I was going to be with. CPS came over and knocked on the door and
had been like, hey, we heard the report, you have like 15 minutes,
like pack up your stuff, you gotta go. It was just like a
feeling of confusion and just fear and like the not knowing when you’re going to see your
mom next or when you’re going to be around your family
is just a scary and like a sad kind of like sense mixed
together. Nadia spent the next several years coping
with custody battles, court dates and multiple foster families. I didn’t want to be in another home where
I felt like I was mistreated or I just didn’t feel like I belonged
to a family. Like, my whole life, I just wanted to be in
a house with like, a loving family. At the time, Nadia’s wish seemed improbable
until one fateful morning in 2014, Nadia and her mother
visited Movement Church in Wailuku where pastors Kris and Stacey Miyake opened their arms,
hearts, and eventually their home. They have like four kids and like, their house
is so tiny, like that would be an insane thing for them to
just take me in and like make me part of their family, that’s just crazy. But after only four months, the Miyakes officially
became the legal guardians of Nadia. I think it’s one of the turning points in
my life, because no longer was it just a family where you stay in
their house and then when you’re 18, you can move out. The dad, or who I call my dad now, he told
me like about a month in, he was like, you are
allowed to call us mom and dad, we want you to call us mom
and dad, you are our daughter now. And to just hear that I was fully accepted
and was part of a family that just took me in…I’m very grateful and
I’m very just, in awe of what my life has turned out to be so
far. Finally, Nadia is home. With her prayers answered, Nadia wants to
pay it forward by helping others in need. I just like to be that person that empathizes
with them and lets them know that I understand how it feels
to like, be in that place, and when you have struggles that you don’t think you’re going
to get through, just knowing that if you’ve gotten through
what you have so far, that you can do it again, you know, that
there’s nothing that you can’t overcome. Sometimes role models are not only defined
by their own success but by how they overcome their
challenges. This is Hannah Okamoto from Maui High School
for Student Television Network. Hi guys. Most often we think of role models as people
who are still living, people we can talk to on a regular
basis, people we can meet with face-to-face when we are in need of guidance. But it is possible for a role
model to be someone who has left this earth and even though they are no longer living,
their influence on us can still grow and evolve. The following STN Challenge entry by students
at Searider News at Wai’anae High School on Oʻahu shows how this
can happen. It’s been a busy Saturday for Lexton Butay-Joseph. He’s been planning this party for two weeks. We had to talk about like, who was bringing
what, what was going to go down and stuff like that. It’s his first time running a family gathering. And he’s still making some mistakes. Yeah, they’re starting already. It’s been a long process for Lexton. Today actually is my uncle’s birthday. The first birthday without him physically
being here. This is for
you, Uncle Mikey. It was here, where Mike Butay had an altercation
with the police on July 30th and was severely injured. He died six days later at Pali Momi Hospital. However, his influence didn’t stop there. No matter what, he’s still my role model. I’d like to pray for my Uncle Mikey that he
has a wonderful birthday in heaven, Father God. It’s hard, I think of him every single day. I saw my dad got really angry over the event
that happened. Me and my dad, for awhile, we didn’t really
see eye-to-eye, we weren’t that close and for a long time,
we didn’t really talk to each other. Mark acknowledges, there was no relationship. But I felt so bad about that, you know…at
the hospital, when I saw my dad and he was drenched in tears,
he was crying, and one of the things he said was he would give everything in his body to
bring back his brother. Despite our differences, that’s one of the
things that actually pushed me to, um, become closer
to my father. I really do believe that Uncle Mikey would’ve
wanted me and my father to become this close that we are
now. One of the things that he’d always tell me
is to always forgive your family and friends because no
matter what, they’re gonna still be there. He keeps me alive. He keeps me positive about being, be sure
of where I am and it’s OK, it’s OK that my brother’s gone because he’s in a better
place. Just because negative things happen in your
life, doesn’t mean that defines what happens next. You
should always just continue to look forward and don’t dwell on the past, don’t dwell on
what happened, you know, you can’t change that, you can only
change your future. In a lot of ways, that’s what a role model
should be-a person that will guide you to take a leap of faith
even when they are not here. Uncle Mikey, until I see you again. Amee Neves, Searider News. Thank you for watching this special STN Challenge
edition of HIKI NŌ. I hope you’ve enjoyed
watching these diverse variations on the theme of role models as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing
them with you. We’re proud of all the HIKI NŌ students who
entered this year’s Student Television Network Challenge. Here is the challenge results. [MUSIC] Be sure to tune in next week to HIKI NŌ,
here on PBS Hawai’i for more proof that Hawaiʻi students can
do. [END]
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