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Kealakehe High School scoops Hiki No Award

Kealakehe High School's awarding-winning anchor team. (Photo courtesy of PBS Hawaii)


Five public high schools participating in PBS Hawaii’s statewide student news network have received awards for outstanding work produced during Season One of Hiki No.

About 250 students, teachers and supporters attended the Saturday, Sept. 10 event that concluded a day-long training conference to prepare participants for Hiki No’s fall season.

• Best Anchor Team honors went to Kealakehe High School (Hawaii) for hosting Episode 12. The original program aired May 23.

• The Nino J. Martin Excellence in Production Award went to Waianae High School (Oahu) for Soccer Coach, the inspirational story of the girls’ team soccer coach who battled cancer and returned to coach her team. The award is named in memoriam for a popular PBS Hawaii show host and executive producer for culture and the arts. Episode 2 aired March 7.

• 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. Episode 3 aired March 14.

• Best Newswriting honors went to H.P. Baldwin High School (Maui) for Plastic Bag Alternatives, a story on how Maui residents and businesses are coping with the recent plastic bag ban. Episode 11 aired May 16.

• Highlighting the lighter side of the news was McKinley High School, which won the Best Franchise (short) Report for Recycling Local Style, a humorous take on how and why to recycle. Episode 4 aired March 21.

Hiki No episodes are available for viewing online at

To date, 63 public, private and charter schools are participating Season Two of Hiki No, which makes its primetime debut 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

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