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Students Ever Present At The State Capitol On Opening Day

February 20, 2011

HONOLULU:  Staff from ‘Ōlelo Community Media Centers
accompanied students from seventeen schools to the state capitol on
January 19th for opening day of the legislature.  The students  from
accross O‘ahu who captured the day’s events through videotaped
interviews with legislators, honored guests, and members of the public
attending to support specific causes.

The student teams participated in ‘Ōlelo Youth Capitol
Commentary, a project that exposes Hawaii’s youth to the democratic
process and engages them in civic participation.  Principal Alvin Parker
and a group of 6th grade students from Public Charter School Kawaihona
O Ka Na’auao, located in Nanakuli, along with their teacher, Kumu Calvin
Nakano, impressed legislators such as Senator Roslyn Baker
and Representative Joseph Souki with their interviewing
skills.  Students addressed the legislators with well thought out questions
on current issues facing our State. The students of Kawaihona O Ka
Na’auao proved that it doesn’t matter what age you are, knowledge
is power.

Principal Nelson Shigeta and a group of 9th graders from
Wai‘anae High School had the honor of interviewing Senator Maile
Shimabukuro and Representative Karen Awana  on
issues facing the Leeward Coast. The legislators shared their thoughts
with the students on topics including job creation, infrastructure,
finance, and the recent floods that engulfed the coast.  The students
also had the opportunity to interview Mr. William Aila on his plans for
Hawai‘i as the new chair of the Department of Land and Natural
Resources. ‘Ōlelo staff were very proud of the students from the
Wai‘anae Coast who represented their community with pride, showing
that the Westside is full of strong and intelligent leaders ready to take
their place in the world.

Check out Youth Capitol Commentary on ‘ŌleloNet

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