By Wendy Osher
Students at Baldwin High School on Maui earned a newswriting award for their work on the PBS News program HIKI NŌ.
Participating students from Maui had produced a story on Plastic Bag Alternatives, highlighting how residents and businesses on Maui are coping with the island’s plastic bag ban. The episode aired in May and is available for viewing on the PBS Hawai’i website.
A total of five public high schools earned awards for outstanding work produced during Season One of HIKI NŌ.
The program is the first statewide student news network in the nation. HIKI NŌ, which translates as “Can Do” showcases the story-telling tallents and production skills of students across the state. More than 50 schools, nine of them from Maui, participated in the program this year.
The Baldwin students were recognized during a weekend event that included a day-long training conference to prepare for the program’s Fall season.
Other awards were issued to Kealakehe High School on the Big Island for the Best Anchor Team; Waianae High School on O’ahu was honored wit the Nino J. Martin Excellence in Production Award; Moanalua High School (Oahu) won Best Overall Story for telling Jacob’s Story, in which a teenaged boy confronting parenthood at an early age gains a new perspective on life; and McKinley High School won the Best Franchise (short) Report for Recycling Local Style.
To date, sixty three public, private and charter schools are participating Season Two of HIKI NŌ, which makes its primetime debut on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.