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21st-Century skills though HIKI NŌ Next, on HIKI NŌ, stories from across our
island chain. My coach lost his daughter, and it was his
one and only child, so it was very emotional. A long distance run is renamed to honor the
memory of a young woman who lost her battle with cancer. Learn ten creative things you can do while
not using your Smartphone. Find out how some Windward O'ahu third-graders
use earthworms to create nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Listen to a Hawai'i Island man as he recounts
his journey about the love of his life. Learn how to create a t-shirt design out of
recycled materials. And, meet a championship-winning high school
football coach who makes life lessons his top priority. All on this episode of the nation's first
statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ… Can do! Hi, welcome to Kapolei High School, in Central
O'ahu– home of the Hurricanes! During tonight's
episode of HIKI NŌ you'll learn about the origins of many school mascots. Did you know that the graduating class of
2004 actually voted on our school's mascot? We could have been anything from the mongoose
to the mudskippers. Luckily, Hurricanes won. Speaking of the mudskippers, we actually have
statues of mudskippers around our school. Some even thought we changed our mascot to
the Mudskippers, but we didn't. What's really cool about being the Hurricanes
is that our football season coincides with the hurricane

Well, now that you know a little bit about
our school, here's a story about one of our teachers here at
Kapolei High School, Mr. George who lost his 19-year-old daughter to cancer, and how our
Kapolei High community helped rally around him to show
him support. [INDISTINCT] You can never see a community's unity until
tragedy strikes. My coach lost his daughter, and it was his
one and only child, so it was very emotional. Bailey was a cross-country runner. She excelled in high school. She also went to Evansville University
in Evansville, Indiana, on a cross-country scholarship. His stories about her, and just his pictures
of her, and he got to see her graduate, and then attend college. In college, Bailey was diagnosed with metastatic
melanoma. In the bones. It wasn't on the skin, so it was very hard
to detect. It took them over a year going through
all kinds of different testing to figure it out. She was born, and the nurses were holding
her like, Do you want to hold her? That's a day I'll never forget. That, and …

That, and the last day. Mr. George and his students had an impact
on each other. Every day during practice, he'd always tell
us about, You know, you guys, if you keep up at this, you
know you can run just like my daughter. And that was like his world to him. Mr. George was my teacher, and we were pretty
close to him.

And once he gave us the news, it was
pretty sad. And I just wanted to make him proud. The kids in the school mean a lot to me. And they make me want to do more and more
in this community and the school, so they all succeed. Because without my students' support those
last three months, I couldn't have been in class every day and
doing it. And just coming here thinking that my students,
now they're all my kids, and if I don't go in,
I'm letting them down. And my daughter wouldn't want me to
let anybody else down. So, it meant a lot to have their support.

The school wanted to give back to Mr. George. Our P.E. department is really close-knit,
and we're all just like family. So, we saw him as a brother, so
anything that happens to one of our brothers we see as family, and so, that made Bailey
part of our family, also. This year's annual Hurricane Run is dedicated
to Mr. George's daughter, Bailey.

The thoughts going through my head. What can we do to help, what can we do to
honor her? And so, we
came up with the Bailey George Memorial Run, instead of the Hurricane Run. Students were coming up to me when I got back,
and asking me about it. And I was like, I don't know
what you're talking about. And then, Mr. Q, Mr. Lee, Mr. Aronica, and
Mr. Cossey, we all had a meeting and they told me. My reaction was, I started crying right away. Granted, I would trade anything in the
world to have her here still, but seeing all the things that everybody's still doing for
her, it means a lot.

doesn't make it easier, but it helps you wake up with a smile on certain days. This is Zeia Canne from Kapolei High School,
for HIKI NŌ. Up next, students from Kapa'a Middle School
on Kaua'i offer some fun ways to get away from a device
most people can't seem to put down. Staying on phones and other technology too
long has become a problem for many people. The average
person checks their phone over forty-six times a day. That's according to Deloitte Global. I know, I
know, keeping streaks with your friend and sending pics with dog ears are fun. But when you're doing
that, you're missing out on many things, like nature, fun experiences and activities.

This is a problem that
needs to change. So, here are ten fun, and even useful, things
to do without your phone. 1. Interact with someone. How about that kid in your class you've never
talked to before? Strike up
a conversation. How was your day? How are you doing? 2. Help your community. Whether it's picking up trash, or collecting
clothes for your local shelter, every little bit counts. 3. Try out a new hobby. If it's joining a sport, learning an instrument,
or stamp collecting, make it happen. 4. Volunteer at a nearby animal shelter, like
the Humane Society. You can spend time with animals,
learn how to take care of them, and they'll become accustomed to people. 5. Attend a local group activity. Maybe your neighborhood hosts a get-together
every week.

can make new friends and have a really great time. 6. Explore the world around you. Check out that hiking trail. If you're stumped, look at Google
Maps for a place to discover first, then put away your phone and go on the adventure. 7. Write a short story. Is there anything on your mind? Maybe you can turn it into a mini-novel. Let your imagination run free. 8. Take something old and upcycle it. Have some old jeans? You can turn them into shorts, a
purse, or add patches to it. Get creative. 9. Go to the library.

Check out that book you've been wanting to
read. Ask a friend or a family
member for a suggestion before you visit. 10. Sing a song in the mirror. Say hello to the newest star. Get off your phone and try out these ideas,
and you'll definitely feel like you've lived a little more. This
is Kaile McKeown from Kapa'a Middle School, for HIKI NŌ. HIKI NŌ is now on Instagram. For show updates and a peek behind the scenes,
follow us on Instagram at hikinocando. We're here at Radford High School, located
on the island of O'ahu, near the joint base of Pearl Harbor-
Hickam and the Arizona Memorial. When established in 1957, Radford's original
mascot was not a ram. But in the early 1960s, the Navy had generously
donated uniforms to the athletic program.

The decorated sleeves of these uniforms resembled
ram horns and inspired the adoption of a ram as their
mascots. The original Pappy the Ram lived on campus
until passing in the late '60s. From then on
through the 1990s, a live ram was brought to campus to promote school spirit during
the annual weeklong homecoming celebrations. Nowadays, students are selected to embody
the spirit of Pappy while wearing a mask or a costume and energizing the crowd
at school events. Up next, the Radford digital media learning
center students share a story about how one former Radford
football coach uses our school tradition to help make this place successful both on and
off the field. I want to make sure that my young men that
have encountered my coaching know how much I care for
the sport, how much passion and how much love I have for it. Fred Salanoa, Radford High School's varsity
football coach, led his team to win the 2015 D-II State
Championship. Many years before, Salanoa grew up on Radford's
field, even attending football practices as a child. You know, probably, I was about three years
old. 1981, my dad was a coach here under Mr.

and with Mr. Stevens. And he used to bring me around, and he was
obviously coaching. My brother was
playing on that team, as well. Fred Salanoa continued to make football a
part of his life as he grew up, eventually becoming a
quarterback for the Radford Rams. You know, being put into the Pop Warner divisions
when I was in fourth grade, having the opportunity to
go to different camps around the nation, especially at BYU where my brother was playing, I was
able to participate in some football camps and get
better as a quarterback.

After graduating from Eastern Washington College,
Salanoa went back to his roots and started to coach
football at Radford. Fred was assistant at the time I was coaching. So, he brought a different perspective in
terms of opening up the game. Of course, his approach to offense brought
new ideas, so it was a plus for Radford. After thirteen seasons, Salanoa went on to
lead the Rams to win the Division II State Championship in
2015. His primary goal was not to win a championship,
but to teach his players life lessons. You know, I'm just grateful for the opportunity
to have had to coach them, and mentor them throughout
their small high school career. I'm hoping that I at least left a lasting
impression on them that they can take into their lives as they carry on in
their future to, you know, possibly help them be successful.

One of the players Salanoa made a lasting
impression on is Hawaii News Now's weekend sports anchor,
Ian Scheuring. I would look him in the eye and tell him that
I am where I am today because of what I learned from you,
and what I learned from your football program. But to have a coach who emphasized those things,
who emphasized family, who emphasized loyalty,
who emphasized teamwork more than the average person
does, I think directly translates into where I am today. The passion that I have for the sport, and
the love I have for the sport, I came every day whether I was a
football player, or athlete or a coach.

I came every day with emphasis in mind to
make sure that I competed and gave my best, and gave my all. After bringing Radford to a state championship
in 2015, Coach Fred Salanoa is now coaching football at
Punahou School. This is Deon Nguyen from Radford High School,
for HIKI NŌ. We're on the campus of Konawaena High School
on the Kona side of the Hawai'i Island. This area is
known as Wildcat Country, and we proudly bleed green. But Konawaena's mascot has not always been
the Wildcat. Konawaena was established in 1921, and known
as the Blue & White Knights.

In the early
years, the Konawaena football players could not afford uniforms, and were given old ones
from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and were referred
to as the Green & White Knights. But in 1928, the
young broadcaster Ezra Crane announces on KGU Radio how the Konawaena football team
displayed a never-give-up attitude, and made the comment:
Those kids play like a bunch of wildcats. And the rest is
history. The next story by the HIKI NŌ students at
Konawaena High School is about how couples in committed
relationships go through times of joy and sadness, regardless of their sexual orientation.

I was lucky to have a partner that was that
great. I don't think going into a relationship with
a partner, knowing the partner cares about you, and your
partner becomes your best friend. And so, when we
started out, we were together thirty-one years. Over the thirty-one years, six years ago or
maybe five years ago, he asked me to marry him, and I
said, Marry? Why do we have to get married? Well, it makes
things legal, makes things easy, so in case something happens, you get something out of
the marriage like any normal couple. I agreed to that. We were married at 12:01 down at Keauhou Beach,
and we had about sixty people there. All of our friends from the Mainland and Honolulu
came in and took part in this wedding. I mean, here we are at 12:01, the fireworks
were going. We had [CHUCKLE] Chinese,
everything you can possibly think to celebrate this wedding. It was awesome. He had a disease.

It had nothing to do with AIDS, and it was
a disease-I can't remember what it was called, but it started from his foot on up. And it started when he was young. He played tennis. For some
reason, he had an injury that never went away, and so, it kinda creeped up on his legs. It kept poking at
him, like needles. He was going to the doctor. It was about ten years down the line that
he was suffering this whole thing. So, the doctor said to him, We have to treat
you with morphine. So, he came home, and
he said to me, You know what, Gene, I will not use morphine because what they have said,
that I could get a heart attack, I could be an invalid,
I could do this.

He said, I don't want it. So, surprisingly enough,
he didn't do that. So, two weeks later is when the pain was so
severe that it got up to his heart, and he couldn't take it anymore. Richard committed suicide; he hung himself. And then, when I called the
paramedics, I went ballistic. So, the police officers came up and they said
to me, Uncle Bucky, what's happening? I said, It's over there. The two officers looked at him and started
to cry. You know, losing a
partner after having a partner and a friend for thirty-odd years, you're lost in the world
without somebody you can actually share and talk to.

I mean, we shared so many things, and it's
difficult. It really is. I
mean, you know, five years has gone, but it's still not the same. I don't think it'll ever be the same. Not
unless there's a lucky star that falls in front of me and says, Come on, let's go. Now, a Maui High School story from the HIKI
NŌ archives about the impact of Hawai'i's same-sex
marriage law on a local wedding business. So, I'm creating a focal point for the ceremony.

Kevin Rebelo is an officiant and photographer
for both same-sex and straight weddings in Hawai'i. I would say most of the couples that we marry,
both visitor and local, have all been together ten on years,
on up. They've been waiting for this. Rebelo is also in a same-sex relationship. Well, when we met twenty years ago, we wanted
to get married. As a gay couple, we wanted to have,
you know, the same opportunities that straight couples do when they get married. Before Senate Bill 1 legalizing same-sex marriage
passed on November 13, 2013, Rebelo would perform
marriage ceremonies that were not recognized by the state, but served as personal expressions
and political statements.

We would do it the exact same way as a straight
wedding. For us, it was a civil rights issue. So, I never
called the commitment ceremonies, we always called them weddings and marriage. Because to us, that's
what we were fighting for. After Hawai'i became the fifteenth state to
legalize same-sex marriage, Rebelo benefited both personally
and professionally. Oh, we were ecstatic. It was like a battle that we finally won.

Now, he can share that satisfaction with other
same-sex couples. We set up all their license appointment with
the agents. There's no waiting period. Couples simply go
online, fill out the application, meet with the agent, and can get married that same day. So, it's just easy
to get married in Hawai'i. Hey, Tom, this is Kevin at Hawai'i Wedding
again. State Representative Chris Lee was one of
the most vocal proponents for marriage equality in Hawai'i. This isn't only about fulfilling our obligation
to do the right thing under the Constitution, but it's about
doing what's right for everybody here in Hawai'i.

And with tourism the center of our economy,
this was another step in that direction. So, you guys should be ready for the reception
about that time. We should, yeah. Representative Lee is anticipating an economic
boost for local businesses who want to capitalize on the
legalization of same-sex marriage. Especially here in Hawai'i, where aloha is
what binds us all together, and it's what we sell to tourists
visiting the state. We find that the University of Hawai'i has
an economic analysis that said two hundred and seventeen million dollars in additional
tax revenue, in additional monies coming into the state, we're
going to see over the next two years. Rebelo is already seeing the impacts of the
new law on his business. He has booked between thirty and
forty same-sex weddings since Senate Bill 1 was put into effect on December 2nd. We've seen a tremendous increase in business. We probably book one wedding a day, gay and
lesbian weddings. Whereas in the past, maybe two a month. This is, for example, the month of December. You
can tell that on certain days, we had up to four weddings a day.

Between his full planner, Kevin is also ready
to take advantage of the legalization for himself. We've been together twenty years. We had a ceremony twelve years ago, and then
we're gonna get our Hawai'i marriage license, actually, tomorrow,
believe it or not. [CHUCKLE] This is Michelle Gima from Maui High School,
for HIKI NŌ. Now, from Kua O Ka La Miloli'i Hipu'u Virtual
Academy in South Kona, a new approach to t-shirt design. Stamps can be an expensive craft material,
and it can be hard to find stamps that you like. Creating
stamps from recycled materials can be a cheap and easy alternative. To create your stamp, you will need
recycled foam board-here, we are using old packing material, a utility knife … a marker
… paint … paintbrushes … and a surface you would like
to stamp. First, draw your shape onto the foam board. Then, carefully cut it out with the utility
knife. Younger kids may need help. Now, paint onto the stamp … and stamp it
onto your surface. We hope you have fun creating beautiful designs
from recycled materials.

This is Graecin Beebe from
Kua O Ka La Hipu'u Miloli'i Virtual Academy, for HIKI NŌ. Aloha, and welcome to Kainalu Elementary School,
located on the Windward side on the island of O'ahu. Our school mascot is a dolphin named Winter. Winter greets students at assemblies, and
everyone just loves our school mascot. Dolphins are highly intelligent marine mammals.

They are curious and
sociable, just like the students at Kainalu School. Coming up is a story about vermicomposting
by Kainalu Elementary School students, and how students
learn to work together to care for their worm bins. Third-graders at Kainalu Elementary have been
practicing the art of vermicomposting, using earthworms
to convert organic waste into fertilizer. Students take turns caring for the worm bins. [INDISTINCT] On Mondays, the worm bins are transferred
from one third-grade homeroom to the next. See? The worm bins are watered twice a day, because
worms love moisture and thrive in it. The excess water
drains into a bucket to produce a nutritious worm tea. The worm tea is a great natural fertilizer
for plants. Fridays are feeding days. The custodial and cafeteria staff collect
discarded food from school lunches, and the third-graders are tasked with picking
up the food waste and feeding the worms. We feed our
worms vegetables, grains, fruits and rinds, but no meats or dairy products because worms
don't like those kinds of food. Next, we cover the worms with a worm blanket
made from shredded paper from our school office.

We are here to pick up the shredded paper
for the worms. Shredded paper for the compost. It's right here. Thank you. Thank you. The moist worm blanket protects the worms
that are sensitive to light. This helps the worms to digest the
food and paper to produce a worm casting, a natural fertilizer. After three to four months, the worm
casting becomes a rich black fertilizer that contains more nutrients than ordinary soil. This is what the worms produce. This is called vermicast, also known as black
gold. The casting is spread around to promote healthy
plant growth. We learned about the FBI-fungi, bacteria
and invertebrates-and how they work together to break down the compost. Okay, so what we need to do is, we need to
get in here, and we need to pull the worms out.

Oh. Oh. We harvest the worms, and we put them into
new bigger bins. We transferred the worms to bigger bins as
they started to multiply. We're shredding cardboard for the worm bins. The shredded cardboard is the first layer
in the worm bin. Then, we put the worms on the moist
cardboard. Another kind of composting we learn about
is aerobic composting. In Kainalu's garden, we
make compost from decayed organic matter to provide a natural fertilizer for the soil. Custodians bring organic matter, and we store
it right here so the kids can process it and chop it, and then
this material we use in our compost bed.

Food waste is also added to the compost bed. We then cover the food waste with green and
brown matter. Green rich in nitrogen, and brown rich in
carbon. And then, we let it rest for a few months,
and we just water it. And it will decompose and decrease in size,
and that black gold is the final product. This is how Kainalu makes black gold. Our goal is to become a zero waste campus. We've been recycling more than six pounds
of food waste every week. We hope that Kainalu students will learn to
be resourceful and inspire others to reuse and
recycle, to help our environment. This is Karen Owens from Kainalu Elementary
School, for HIKI NŌ. Well, we've come to the end of this episode
of HIKI NŌ. Remember, all of these stories were written,
shot and edited by students like us. We hope you've enjoyed watching them, as much
as we enjoyed sharing them with you. More proof that Hawai'i's students HIKI NŌ…

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