Among the press pool gathering in the early morning hours at a Honolulu hotel to follow the Dalai Lama on the first full day of his Hawaii visit were two middle school students from Kauai.
Not just any middle school students--digital media standouts Kasey Enomoto and Laura Koga from Chiefess Kamakahelei School in Lihue. These girls already have experience in covering news of community-wide interest.
Thanks to Pierre and Pam Omidyar and the Hawaii Community Foundation, hosts of the Dalai Lama's visit, for giving the students this opportunity! They were accompanied by their teacher, Kevin Matsunaga, and PBS Hawaii's Lawrence Pacheco. Under Matsunaga's leadership, Chiefess students have picked up a bundle of awards at the annual national Student Television News Challenge competitions. Kevin serves on HIKI NŌ's statewide Teachers Steering Committee.
Kasey and Laura will produce a story for INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII this week and another report for airing later on a HIKI NŌ newscast. We'll see how these young people choose to cover the Dalai Lama's visit.
We're proud of HIKI NŌ students for stepping up to the plate and going outside their comfort zone. Last year, HIKI NŌ students from several Oahu schools accepted a special invitation to work alongside national and international correspondents, covering the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Waikiki.