HIKI NŌ continues its series of reflections on how COVID-19 has changed students’ lives as they shelter-in-place from their homes. Elijah Villaroz, a senior at Roosevelt High School on Oʻahu, recalls a revelation his mother shared with him: that he (Elijah) was born a few weeks before the September 11th attacks and that he is now graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Elijah, the realization that he and his fellow high school seniors were born and spent their childhoods between the two great crises of this century was daunting.
Other student correspondents who share their reflections in this episode include: Ethan Morse, a junior at Farrington High School on Oʻahu; Amee Neves, a senior at Waiʻanae High School in West Oʻahu; Suzanne Tran, a senior at Moanalua High School on Oʻahu; Marlon Utrera Jr., a 7th grader at Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island; and Jack Wilcox, an 8th grader at Āliamanu Middle School on Oʻahu. Topics range from a theatre company devising ways to rehearse online to a young vlogger who creates humorous yet informative videos on COVID-19 to a middle school student who builds masks with his 3D printer.
Students from Konawaena High School on Hawaiʻi Island tell the story of Kimura’s Fabric Store, a family-owned business that is still going strong after almost one hundred years. Students from Kapaʻa High School on Kauaʻi tell the story of father and son cacao farmers. A student from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui shares his personal narrative about how human relationships make life worth living.