The 3 yr old after-school club teaches how to use the camera as a fun, creative learning tool. Our equipment is old & limited, but the students are learning reporting, script writing, camera & sound; directing & editing film. Teamwork is stressed, & students from at-risk to gifted, musicians to nerds have all come together & found passion & purpose in film-making.
Contact Information: Dr. Don Sand
Kahuku Film Club Advisor
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The Film Club is a program to develop a digital media platform for the youth in Ko’olauloa, specifically the Kahuku complex schools and the feeder schools.
This platform provides media training resources for the class room, for after-school programs and for work/study internships. The students use a camera as a tool to learn about themselves, their community and their world. The project oriented learning has curriculum content for teaching life skills, study skills, and career skill sets. Digital media and video production is one of the most impactful way to engage and education youth. In the schools and at home digital communication will be replacing the traditional pencil, paper and textbooks.
Youth demonstrate that they can learn faster and more comprehensively if they are allowed to self-direct their learning in hands-on purposeful projects. Producing a video is a powerful model for inspiring students to become engaged, to be creative and to develop their gifts and talents.
We believe that students can develop their powerful learning skills and take responsibility for their education while having fun. When a student is inspired to learn in an elective class like film it can ignite motivation and insight to learn other more traditional classes in the categories of STEM or CORE.
Using digital media and the Internet, students can connect to each other in meaningful learning experiences and that can also connect to Kupuna’s and experts all over the world. Using virtual classroom tools students can travel to places like Paris, Tokyo, LA or Beijing without needing a plane ticket!
In our film club we teach a range of students from beginners to advanced. The goal of each project is to have students create an educational video while developing their media proficiency. The videos are researched by students, hosted in the voice of students, intended for a student audience. As the student researches and writes their script, films their project, and edits, they are learning life skills, leadership and teaching skills that will help them be more successful in college and in life.
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Kahuku School’s Film Club students come from small rural, mostly lower-income communities along Oahu’s scenic North Shore. The 3 yr old after-school club teaches how to use the camera as a fun, creative learning tool. Our equipment is old & limited, but the students are learning reporting, script writing, camera & sound; directing & editing film. Teamwork is stressed, & students from at-risk to gifted, musicians to nerds have all come together & found passion & purpose in filmmaking. Kahuku has a rich Hawaiian & multi-cultural heritage, but sadly many students do not know their own history. Last year the Club interviewed & filmed their elders, the keepers of the knowledge, in Hawaiian called Kupuna. They filmed their traditional taro fields & wrote an original story & two songs about what they learned. Kahuku won 2 State-wide awards for their film. More importantly they learned about themselves & giving back to the Community by preserving stories of their history & culture in film.
Kupuna Reels: Charlie Bryant – Traditional Fisherman
Miss Aloha Hula 2013
Ikaika Meets Kalo
Making of ‘Ikaika Meets Kalo’
5/17/2011 Congratulations to the student production team at Kahuku High & Intermediate for Kahuku’s biggest win in an all-state video contest: Olelo’s Youth Xchange. Their submission “Mean Words” addresses the youth issue of bullying. For their win, the President of Sony Hawaii was present to present a much needed new High Definition Sony camera.
Debra Barenaba Digital Media Teacher, Don Sand Film Mentor, (left to right) Milika Latu, Seiko Schwenke, Greg Wright
Earth Day RedTV Episode
Kahuku Red TV Episode 12 – We the People produced by Kiana Wilson
photo of Director of Meth is Death Kaui Moses-Fretas
Kaui has been searching for a way to express the pain she has seen her family experience due to the influence of meth. She felt that although the big campain Meth Project from Montana is powerful, Kaui wanted to put something out there that youth in Hawaii could relate to. She is currently working on a documentary on meth.
3 of the 8 producers of the PSA Mean Words. (from left to right) Milika Latu, Tani Marumoto, Seiko Schwenke
Behind the scenes of the “making of” the video Mean Words:
The motivation for the short video came from discussions we had about a common trend of student depression. After several days of brainstorming the question:
“How can we students feel more positive on campus ?” A simple answer decided on was to try and become better friends. One way to do this, they reasoned is to try and stop some of the negative trash talking. The first 2 weeks were spent group writing. There were many scripts and 7 versions of the one we voted to film.
The first script was written as a group project with 2 students. The group of 8 worked as a professional focus group to vote on that script as the best pitched then spent a week re-writing.
We decided to approach the contest in a professional manner. The contest was our client and each student rotated through all the key job descriptions, head writer, director, production coordinator, camera, editor etc. The team made decisions as a board or film department meeting. The best versions of the edit were views and voted on. During post production the most common theme the students said they learned during this contest was a better understanding of the value of team work.
During the script development, the writers were looking for a way to help the person talking trash to see that the damage was not invisible and hurt themselves too. The progression of trash to dirt talking and then to mud as a visual symbol was natural.
One of the members of the team lived near the sacred Windward location Hakipu’u that has several Loi fields. She suggested the mud that came back as a result of trash talking would be taro mud. In a way then, the mud in the film that covers the bullies is Pono mud.
Kahuku High School’s first Prize Winning Videos: Winner OHA & HERF statewide student competition 2012: Kalo Vignettes. “Ikaika meets Kalo” Winner Olelo’s statewide Youth Xchange competition 2012: Best Short. “Ikaika meets Kalo” Winner Olelo’s statewide Youth Xchange competition 2011: Peace Maker Division. “Mean Words” a short film on anti-bullying People’s Choice by Internet Voting, Road Runner commercial contest 2011. “Run Like an Animal”
RED TV 2010-2012, 18 Episodes A substantial part of the TV footage was planned, produced, filmed and edited by the Kahuku Film Club. School news and educational video content.
Documentary of the Making of the Kahuku Wind Farms: First Wind, 2011
Filmed & Video Archived School Events Cheerfest, Songfest, Brown Bags, Vocal Motion’s Performances, Speech & Debate winning performances, Interviews with 2011 State Champion Football team, Green Ribbon School kickoff, etc
Honored by the Honolulu City Council The Kahuku Film Club was honored by the Honolulu City Council for Youth Achievement. Produced News Segment for PBS student news program: Hiki No Students wrote, directed, filmed and edited video segment on Vocal Motion & inspirational Chorus teacher– 2011. Filmed Hearings at the State Capital & Interviewed Legislators Filmed two Hearings of on “Film, Art & Education” by the Culture & the Arts Committee. Highlights shown on Olelo Public Television, 2011. Interviewed & Filmed Local State Legislators at opening day at the Capitol. Aired on Olelo Public Television-2012. Hosted & Filmed Kahuku visit of State of Hawaii’s Creative Services Director, Planned visit to Kahuku of Georja Skinner, head of the Creative Services Division for the State of Hawaii. Performances by Vocal Motion, Speech & Debate, Brown Bag singers, short Film Showcase of student’s works. Interviewed & Filmed Ms Skinner on her career.
Note: to read articles and publications on awards please Google: Kahuku Film Club
Fourth Quarter Report: DOE 3.2
November 2012 – January 2013
(plus February 2013)
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Kahuku Film Club is a branch of the Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (KEAC.info), a 501(c) 3.
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President: Kimo Ah-Hoy
Vice Pres: Joachim Purcell
Secretary: Kuho Ulii
Photo Editor: William Moe
Public Relations: William Moe
Founder and Film instructor; life skills mentor: Dr. Don Sand 808-428-1572
Media and Writing mentor: Kathleen Connors
Animation and Special Effects mentor: Daniel Russell
School Advisor: Lori Nishimura
Film Productions and media broadcast mentor: Christian Wilson 808-372-6223
Kahuku Film Club
56-490 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Film Club main number: 293-8911 ext. 310
Fourth Quarter Report: DOE 3.2
November 2012 – January 2013
(plus February 2013)
KEAC Digital Media Youth Platform
Working to strengthen partner projects with DOE, ‘Olelo, and the community
By Dr. Don Sand & Kathleen Connors
Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation’s (KEAC’s) four after-school Film Clubs all continue to grow robustly. From Nov 2012 to Feb 2013, KEAC’s Media team taught over 693 students digital media lessons, and helped to train 9 teachers in Ko’olauloa.
The Kahuku Intermediate & High School Film Club and the Hau’ula Elementary Film Club all wrote original scripts. The scripts were produced by the students and entered into the statewide Olelo YouthXchange competition. The Kahuku Film Clubstudents produced the RedTV episodes and filmed a variety of events and programs: from sports and science, to government and cultural.
The fourth Film Club at the Hau’ula Civic Center has been targeted for fourth to eighth graders. The Club started in the summer of 2012 as a successful “Film Surf & Fun Program” and continues monthly on the weekends. The Club focuses on participating and filming: Hawaiian culture, Marine & Environmental Science and Water Sports. Students were taught to use the GoPro underwater camera. Film Club students also partner with the Hau’ula Community Association’s after-school Ahupua’a stewardship program at the Civic Center.
Hau’ula Elementary School Film Club
Technical Skills, Hawaiian Values, Family Involvement in Education
Under the guidance of Hau’ula Elementary’s Principal Sam Izumi with Kamehameha School’s outreach coordinator, Missy Agena, a team of parents, our director Don Sand and our administrator Kathleen Connors we created a plan to bring a film making to Hau’ula Elementary School. The seven month project included: bi-weekly classes held during school for fifth and sixth graders, an after-school accelerated Film Club in January and February, and bi-weekly Wednesday night, Ohana Night for students and their families.
At our twice a month Hau’ula Elementary, Wednesday’s “Ohana Film Club” evenings, along-side their fifth and sixth grade children, parents and siblings learned about the movie-making process: researching, pre-production, shooting, recording and editing film.
Leading parents helped to team-teach lesson modules on script writing and evaluating media messages. Whole families got excited about learning twenty-first century technology and using film in learning their different subjects. We tried to partner the parent with their own child to see if the learning village model could work with a subject such as digital media. We believe there was just as much family bonding as there was fun learning of the basics in filmmaking.
Both Selena Mobbs the school librarian and Susan Yamada, the head of parent-student outreach were leading out script writing lessons. A few Ohana evenings were so popular and over capacity, but several parents who are technically advanced stepped up and became our assistant teachers.
Principal Izumi and the parents requested that the children make films that would reflect traditional Hawaiian values and promote good character. Positive words and concepts were chooses: family (Ohana), responsibility (Kuleana), teamwork (Laulima), “to take care of”, (Malama), appreciation (Mahalo), Lokahi (unity in working together), respecting Elders (Ho’ihi and Kupuna), humility (Ha’aha’a), doing the right thing, (Pono) and many other values that worked in cooperative Polynesian village. Our film teachers supported this common vision to integrate values into school by creating student produced educational videos.
We took parts of curriculum Dr. Sand developed at Kahuku High School and adapted the content to younger students, then taught small groups with our limited equipment in rotating stations. Film skill stations included: storyboard creation, camera skills, reporter skills, script writing, and pre-production development. The curriculum is based on a goal of completing a film start to finish. The emphasis is on teamwork and collaboration, learning to share creatively, make compromises, share job responsibilities and experiencing a simulated “real life” project where the students are working as professionals.
Script writing station presided by parent, Octavio Gonzaga
Key Hawaiian-speaking parents and Hau’ula Hawaiian immersion students provided voiceovers in Hawaiian for the Hau’ula Civic Centers production about Hawaiian fishing, Uncle Charlie the Fisherman.
Fifteen students made a film called Malama The Equipment. Led out by our animation and visual effects instructor, Daniel Russell, students wrote, directed, acted, and even animated portions of the video. The video taught students how to respect and safely use camera equipment in a fun way, with pieces of equipment brought to life using composited and animated. This is key curriculum that allows a process to turn over expensive cameras to younger and younger students.
In December, a family Christmas party and film screening of student videos was held at the school’s cafeteria.
Writing, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Speech, and Acting
During the in-school Tuesday sessions we taught three different classes of fifth and sixth graders in the library. On some days, we were teaching as many as seventy students using three or four stations.
Hau’ula Elementary students brainstorm scripts on Hawaiian values.
In accordance with the Hau’ula parent’s wishes, during their class-time students learned script writing around Hawaiian values. The student teams started with twenty scripts. Several were chosen for development and one was put into production.
Once the script was selected, the students were taught fifteen job descriptions and responsibilities to create a quality film. Students were introduced and assigned to the different jobs required to produce a short film: producer, director, assistant director, production coordinator, camera, sound, lighting, editor, script supervisor, grip, props, wardrobe and set design and production assistant.
The students were “hired” by the student producers and executive producer. The casting directors then created “real life” casting audition platform to find the best and most dedicated actors. The working title chosen was Pono Power, a story of elementary school students coming to terms with the results of cyber-bullying.
Cast of the Hau’ula Elementary film about cyber-bullying, “Pono Power”
In January, casting and rehearsals began for the film. The students made a prop list and chose locations, then filmed and edited the piece.The main character, played by Makani Walker, struggles with his conscious. His peers pressure him to participate in bullying a fellow student online.
The Hau’ula Elementary Film Club borrowed equipment generously lent by Olelo Kahuku. They submitted their film to the Olelo YouthXchange film contest. Their entry was not accepted to the finals this year, but they are already looking forward to next year’s contest.
It is in our mission statement that we believe a camera is the modern education tool to amplify student learning about themselves, about others, and about their community. We have found from our work at Kahuku Intermediate & High School and the Hau’ula Summer Film & Surf Program, that the best and easiest first on-camera experience even for very young is the “reporter role”. Each student who goes through our reporter training will have a huge advantage in accelerating their public speaking skills, listening skills, and people engagement skills.
Hau’ula Elementary student reporters researched and wrote questions to ask our political leaders. They discussed and wrote questions that affect our side of the island, youth issues, and the future of education. Our student reporters enthusiastically participated in Olelo’s Capital Commentary at the opening day of the State Capital. Students wrote and rehearsed interview questions before hand. On opening day, they went to the State Capital and joined other students from throughout Oahu in interviewing their State Representatives for Olelo Public television.
Hau’ula Film Club at Olelo’s Capitol Commentary with Richard Fale
Hawaiian Immersion & Community
A hallmark production was a multiple camera shoot for “Aloha Ko’olauloa” the fundraising day for the Hawaiian Immersion schools of Ko’olauloa in Hau’ula. Our student Hau’ula Film Club, partnered with our Kahuku Film Club and an Olelo Executive Production to shoot award winning Hawaiian singers and dancers fresh from the Merry Monarch Festival. Half of the 3 hour our twelve-year old prodigy, Josiah Alaiasa, directed show. Josiah is also the student assistant producer for the whole show to be aired on Olelo Public Television stations in a few weeks.
Seventh grader, Josiah Alaiasa, directing a multi-cam shoot at the Aloha Ko’olauloa event in Hau’ula.
Our star reporter, Hau’ula Immersion sixth grader, Kialoa Fernandez, did an excellent job with an exclusive sit-down interview with the new Miss Aloha Hula 2013, Manalani English. Manalani shared her secrets for excellence: focus, hard work, goals and respect.
Miss Aloha Hula 2013, Manalani English being interviewed by Hau’ula Immersion sixth grader Kialoa Fermandez at Aloha Ko’olauloa.
Both the Kahuku Intermediate & High School Film Clubs had very strong showings and produced a wide variety of programing. Over two dozen students were able to receive initial training in multiple camera shoots, sound, interviewing and live directing. Over twenty students were able to practice interviewing skills on camera. More than thirty students team wrote original scripts, auditioned & acted, shot, edited and produced two short films, in addition to Olelo Public Television pieces and RedTV.
For RedTV, the school’s in-house TV broadcast, our Kahuku High & Intermediate Film Clubs produced several popular shows. The fall’s school highlights show including archived footage, and other Red TV shows included interviews with local politicians, the Green Summit and stylized highlights from the 2012 football championship that made up a 30 minute show.
The Club’s students also filmed and edited a segment where fifteen elective teachers talked about career skills and professionalism. The teachers gave guidance to the students for the special registry, where students sign up for elective courses.
Football running-back, Aofaga Wily, is interviewed about the making of a Champion.
Technical Training, Interviewing & Public Speaking, Sports Journalism
Funded by a grant from the Department of Community Services, Special Projects, KEAC and OLELO transformed the rundown area in Z3 into a functioning TV studio. We are hoping to get support to acoustically treat the studio so that it can double as a music studio.
One of the first productions in the new studio focused on the Kahuku football state champions. Students wrote questions and conducted over fifteen in-depth interviews that highlighted the players’ success strategies. The players practiced their speaking skills and will be able to use segments of their interview tapes in scholarship applications.
The student reporters and film crewmembers later discussed what they learned from the Kahuku football stars. Aofaga Wily advised, “Success is about time management using your red book and about putting everything you have into what you’re doing”. Kawehena Johnson, said, “Listen to your coaches, teachers, and parents.” These inspirational segments have been shown on the school’s RedTV show and are popular on YouTube.
Coach Reggie Torres is helping oversee an educational and inspirational video segment that he can use to inspire his new team. The segment will cover principles of being a team player. The film club students are now working in post-production on a larger football documentary on the making of champions.
Select students were invited to participate in Aloha Stadium’s internship program, “Stadium Stars.”The students worked alongside broadcast journalists during football games at the stadium, learning real-life journalism skills. Joachim Purcell, Kimo Ah-Hoy, and others were trained in the broadcast booth with OC16 and KITV.
Film Club talent Jasmine Lopez, Jahdi Stamler and Joey Chowen work with the professional media crews at the Aloha Stadium.
Government, Community, Current Events, and Journalism
Both intermediate and high school Film Club students practiced their interviewing and hosting skills when they sat down to talk with various candidates for offices in the election. Student reporters doubled as film crewmembers and video editors on the segments.
Nine students were able to travel to two different venues in Honolulu to interview both of the mayoral candidates. Students learned two interview styles: an informal “guerilla” interview with Kirk Caldwell outside, and a formal sit-down interview with Ben Cayetano, which took place in the large-scale Olelo Television Studio at Mapunapuna. The segments aired on Olelo, RedTV, and YouTube.
Film Club president, Kimo Ah-Hoy, directed pre-election interviews with Kirk Caldwell and Ben Cayetano.
The Film Club students researched local news. One example of a cultural issue was the handling of kupuna iwi by a developer. The students produced a segment on the issue, which aired on Olelo Public Television.
Kupuna Ululani Beirne, president of the Ko’olauloa Hawaiian Civics Club gives advice for success.
Green Team, Environmental Science, Hawaiian Culture, and Computer Animation
Film Clubs students supported and filmed several of the school’s sustainable activities, including the “Green Summit,” sponsored by Kokua Hawaii Foundation. The “Green Summit” featured leaders in sustainability and recycling. The segment highlighted green initiatives at the school, and included a musical performance by Kokua founder, Jack Johnson.
Intermediate school students worked on a short video with animation and visual effects, called Don’t Dump on Me. The video addressed the growing problem of garbage disposal in Hawaii. It showed how Kahuku students were making a difference by recycling and composting cafeteria waste. The segment explained how students use the compost in their square-foot gardens, situated behind the Z building. The students performed voiceovers in English and Hawaiian.
Left: students shoot in front of a green screen for the visual effects shot. Right: the video was one of three entries that made it to the statewide finals.
The script called for epic piles of garbage set against the Ko’olau Mountains, signifying a future Hawai’i where apathy and rubbish have taken over the island.
Fortunately for us, our visual effects instructor, Daniel Russell, had been teaching students how to produce these scenes without a million dollar budget. Students learned cinematography techniques for visual effects pieces, as well as Adobe Photoshop, and After Effects.
Don’t Dump on Me was one of the two finalists in its category (the other finalist had two entries accepted). YouthXChange is the largest statewide student video contest, with over seven hundred entries total.
Kahuku Intermediate’s video, Don’t Dump on Me, which can be viewed on Youtube at the channel, “Keikitv.”
Creative Writing, Drama, Music, Team Work and Job Skills
Starting in November, the high school Film Club’s largest project was a short, original film, which included an original theme song. Flower Gurl addressed the issues of homelessness, prejudice, and bullying in school. Over twenty students worked on the film in a variety of roles over three months, from script to finished product.
The heroine of the story, Maile, is a smart and gifted girl who hides the fact that she is homeless. Her situation drives her to find her own way out, working hard to obtain a college scholarship in media arts. Complications occur when she is asked to interview the most popular football player on campus, while maintaining her secret.
After the script was done, the Film Club production team held auditions and began rehearsals. Student directors coached the cast, improving their acting skills.
Student Production Coordinators managed cast and crew dates for each day of principal shooting. Student directors and script supervisors blocked shots and storyboarded key scenes.
An original song, written by Taofi Latu, was recorded in the new studio for use in the soundtrack.
The production team of fifteen students filmed two versions of the movie with different lead actresses, Jasmine Lopez and Hunter Ulii. A team of students edited and provided postproduction. The Film Club students finished the first edit and are now working on an improved version for entry into the student section of the Honolulu International Film Festival.
Because two students on the team had won last year’s YouthXChange, they had to submit their film into the Expert division. However, the excellent media programs in Waianae and Punahou were selected for the finals, displacing Kahuku Film Club. These are both very well funded and developed programs from which we draw inspiration.
Cast and set act in front of a Green Screen for the Animation section of “Don’t Dump on Me”.
Engineering, Technology, Critical Thinking and STEM
An Advanced Film Club was added to the lineup at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, held every Tuesday and Thursday afterschool. Students built camera rigs, a green-screen, and a track dolly system. They also learned about lenses, filters, and various other advanced cinematography. In the next quarter, students will be learning about animation, compositing, and visual effects.
As a side effect, Film Club students are exposed to basic engineering and building skills. In our pilot film Uncle Charlie the Fisherman, students incorporated a science lesson on the physics of light when viewing fish in the ocean. They used animation and humor in the segment.
One of our most technically advanced students, Ikaika Moe, films a scene using a DSLR rig.
Students learned how to build and test some basic film rigs including:
A portable green screen, constructed from PVC pipes and green fabric
A shoulder rig for a camera, allowing for more steady motion and walkabout freedom for camera operators.
A ceiling-mounted track dolly, for use in miniature work
A complete cinema rig including a matte box, follow-focus, and glass filters
Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Students also learned how Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras work, and began operating them. The Club members evaluated Youtube videos from well-known DSLR expert, Devin Graham, in preparation for his visit to provide hands-on instruction.
Twenty-five students attended his special course at the Film Club. Devin shared his knowledge and stories about making movies. Graham’s clients include Nike, Billabong, the Jon Mozo Family, the Tahiti Ministry of Tourism, Red Bull, and GlideCam. In the last year, Graham’s video career has taken him to locations around the world, including: Iceland, France, China, Australia, England, and luckily for us, Hawaii!
Youtube phenomenon, Devin Graham, shares his film secrets with Kahuku Film Club students.
The young Hawaiian, award-winning Film producers, Ty Sanga also returned to the Kahuku Film Club this year. He spoke with students about filmmaking and his career. He also held a professional casting call for his upcoming film project for the Sundance Film Festival at Kahuku. Both young filmmakers gave both great technical advice and career advice to our students. Sanga challenged the students to bring back the Polynesian gifts and talents for story-making. He said, story is the vessel that carries the knowledge to the next generation.
Ty Sanga takes his first Hawaiian language film to Sundance.
Hau’ula Civic Center Film Club
The Hau’ula Civic Center Film Club began last summer as a Film and Surf program for students from fifth to eighth grade. For the summer program, students came from many different schools in Ko’olauloa, including Ka’a’awa, Hau’ula, Laie, and Kahuku, as well as Kamehameha Schools. Some home-schooled students also participated.
For their summer film project, the students performed principal photography and animation to accompany an interview they conducted with kupuna Charlie Bryant about traditional styles of Hawaiian fishing. The students researched Hawaiian fish and fishing and animated parts of the video.
Hau’ula Civic Center Film Club produced a documentary on local fishing kupuna, Charlie Bryant.
Last summer’s “Film, Surf, and Fun” program continued as a monthly offering. Based at the Hau’ula Civic Center, students were taught the use of underwater cameras and their footage was used in some videos.
This school year, the Kahuku Film Club and KEAC committed to working with the new Wednesday after-school program, Ahupua’a Intelligence Agency (AIA). This small program, funded by B-WET, teaches students Hawaiian environmental sciences. The classes are often conducted outdoors with the instruction of kupuna. The Film Club documented some of their activities and interviewed kupuna. Works in progress include videos about the Hau’ula Heiau, limu, monk seals, conservation, and traditional Hawaiian fishing.
Uncle Charlie the Fisherman, produced by the Hau’ula Civic Center Film Club, can be viewed on Youtube at the channel, “Keikitv.”
Film Club documents the visit of two limu kupuna to the Ahupua’a Intelligence Agency. Former Representative Gil Riviere and his family join the keiki in collecting and studying local limu speices, and rooting out invasive species.
Partnerships Key to developing Digital Media for our Youth
Our greatest focus is on growing opportunities for our youth through a three-way partnership with Olelo, the Department of Education, and KEAC Film Club programs.
Three years ago, Angela Breene of Olelo took us to the Ko’olauloa Community Association meeting and helped us pitch a keiki-driven digital media program. KEAC has been working hard ever since to realize this mission, primarily through volunteer efforts with the assistance of Olelo.
Daniel Russell and Kathleen Connors receive Volunteer of the Year Awards from Kahuku CMC manager, Angela Breene.
In addition to the instruction provided by KEAC instructors, Olelo provides its producer certification courses free of charge to all students, which allows them to borrow Olelo equipment to produce their own public-access content.
Jeff Galicinao, Olelo’s top teacher, has certified twenty Kahuku Film Club students as Olelo producers.
Students used Olelo workstations at Kahuku to edit footage they shot using KEAC and volunteer equipment. The footage was shot during an AIA limu field trip at Hau’ula Beach Park, and the final product will be shown on Olelo TV, as well as the school’s RedTV program. It is also one of the required outcomes of the AIA’s grant.
Film Club Students edit clips and audio in the Olelo Kahuku edit bay.
City council-chairman, Ernie Martin, honors the Kahuku Film Club for youth achievement.
Building the Digital Media Platform
Our goal is to teach students in Ko’olauloa 21st century digital media skills. We believe that even for students that go on to other careers, this experience will enhance their education and career prospects. In addition, we strive to support the schools and local organizations with their media needs.
Our three main focuses are:
Increasing Digital Media Literacy
Providing access to quality media equipment in schools and in the educational organizations
Partnering with youth-enrichment programs in Ko’olauloa to provide them a digital media component
KEAC’s digital media programs partner with Olelo TV, the Ko’olauloa Department of Education, and the Ahupua’a Intelligence Agency. By combining our resources, we are able to provide better enrichment programs for our keiki at a very good cost.
Olelo Community Television has a small Community Media Center at Kahuku High School in the Z-3 building. This Olelo branch is open two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3 pm – 8 pm.. The center is open for community and student use. Olelo certification is required to check out equipment. Olelo staff has been very generous in helping our Film Club students. Olelo’s lead media trainer, Jeff Galicinaom has taught our top students in TV production.
Olelo Media Managers, Angela Breene and Don Sand, have invited Film Club students to their shoots at a variety of community events. Students have learned to operate and direct mult-cam shoots.
Here are some of the Ko’olauloa teachers with whom we have been partnering and training:
Lori Nishimura, director of CTE, Career & Technical Education, Kahuku High School
Tara Gumapuc, the new digital media teacher, Kahuku High School
Debra Barenaba, current digital media teacher, Kahuku High School
Mark Woolsey, Japanese teacher, Kahuku High School
Beth Kammerer, Choir teacher, Kahuku High School
Heitiare Kawehi Kammerer, Hawaiian Immersion teacher, Hau’ula Elementary School
Selena Mobbs, Librarian for Hau’ula Elementary School
Susan Yamada, Parent-Community Coordinator, Hau’ula Elementary School; Hau’ula school’s Environmental Club mentor
Brian Walsh, computer mentor for Film Club, Green Team, AIA, Hau’ula Civic center media program
Ronnie Huddy, Hau’ula Film Club, Assistant teacher Hau’ula’s Ahupua’a Intellegence Agency after-school program
Alicia Esche, manager for KEAC
From February 2012 to Jan 2013 expenses and 5 part-time staffers were paid by a grant from the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Community Service’s Special Projects. Both Sam Moku, the last head of the Department of Community Services and former Mayor Peter Carlisle supported the Kahuku Film Club and KEAC Media. Our City Council Chairman Ernie Martin invited the Kahuku Intermediate & High School Film Club to the City Council to be honored for youth achievement.
Under the last year’s City grant, the director and the main teacher, Don Sand was paid for nineteen hours a week. Kathleen Connors, the administrator and second teacher was also paid for nineteen hours. Daniel Russell, the animation and visual effects instructor, was paid for fifteen hours a week. Chris Wilson was paid a few hours a week as the social media and website instructor.
However last year, our lead instructor regularly worked double and even triple the amount of hours, without compensation. This work was necessary to build a good base for the digital media programs so vital for our youth. A track record of success is required to obtain additional grants so necessary for sustaining and growing the programs.
In the last year, the KEAC team also frequently worked with Kahuku High and Intermediate teachers, providing education in media arts classes. Instruction was also provided at Hau’ula Elementary during school time. However, none of the three media teachers were paid. In total, this past grant has been about the equivalent of our Ko’olauloa schools getting three part-time teachers.
Since January 31st, 2013, when our 2012 grant from the city expired, the staff has been without compensation for teaching, equipment, food, and office supplies. We have continued to fully run the Film Clubs in Kahuku and Hau’ula on our own resources. (Since the summer of 2012, both our City Councilman’s office and City officials have told us that a grant for the Kahuku Film Club and Digital Media programs in Ko’olau Loa will be renewed and was in the budget for the same amount. Only at the beginning of the year were we told that the budget was being delayed because the new administration wanted to review all projects.) Now the grant renewal has been delayed and has a new proposed fiscal year that supposed to start sometime in July.
Don Sand is the only one in the Media Team that is paid by Olelo Kahuku, and that is for only for 10 regular hrs a week. Chris Wilson is only member of the team currently paid by the DOE; he is a PTT at Kahuku with 17 hrs a week. Since August of last year our team has written five grants to help continue this program, but have been turned down by three, and are awaiting the response from the remaining two. To continue the Film Clubs with a strong track record would enhance our ability to get grants.
These City’s grants from the Department of Community Service are much appreciated, especially because we conceived and developed the student Film Clubs for prior two years only on a volunteer basis. The large drawback to the City funding is their reimbursement method. KEAC had to spend the money on payroll and equipment, and then submit a very detailed quarterly report with detailed receipts, and often when wait months for reimbursement. Our Non-profit had to put-up cash up front for payroll and equipment, and then wait 3-5 month for reimbursement. Our director, Dr. Sand also ended up spending a very significant amount on student equipment, food and film & office supplies and wait on the average of 4-5 months for reimbursement.
Our Film students have had so much success and our parents have been so supportive of our efforts, so we all continue to work without compensation to keep the Clubs going. We are continuing to write more grants and explore more funding options.
The 2012 City grant allowed KEAC media to invest in some very basic film equipment that allowed us to teach small teams of students. The two cameras we purchased and the laptop editing computers were selected to be mobile and portable so they can be set-up on location anywhere in Ko’olauloa. The equipment was also used to supplement our scarce equipment in Kahuku High School’s digital media class. For Elementary school class media lessons, ours equipment has been the best real film equipment students have access to. (In addition, a lot of the film and audio equipment used by our student Clubs are Don Sand and Daniel Russell’s own personal equipment.)
Because our student Film Clubs are so popular and attendance is booming, we do not have enough basic equipment to train all our students properly. Olelo has been very generous in support of our students in their small branch at Kahuku. However, in exchange for the Kahuku Intermediate & High school Film Club using Olelo Kahuku’s facilities, Olelo expects returns. Only our elite Film Club students and our staff that have taken the Olelo Producer course and passed it are allowed to use Olelo’s equipment. An additional drawback is that Olelo equipment at Kahuku Olelo is used by and checked out by the entire Community of clients and producers from the North Shore, Ko’olauloa and Kahalu’u.
Just to maintain our current level of students at our Film Clubs, new equipment and the replacement of old equipment is needed. Our goal for KEAC Media is to eventually own our film and editing equipment that will allow our students to have paid internships. Our goal is to make our KEAC Media Programs self-sustaining and also teach entrepreneurship by having our students charge for their video services. (When using any equipment of Olelo’s or DOE’s, our students are not allowed to charge for our services.)
The KEAC Media Program’s goal is to build a youth media platform that can bring more resources, training, and equipment to students in the Kahuku Educational Complex. So many of our students thrive with the type of experiential learning that Digital Media provides. Traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian learning is Place-based and Project-based, incorporating a film would allow our children to be excited about education.
Our vision to modeled in part on the very successful digital media program of the Waianae High School’s Searider production, and Seariders has been very gracious in allowing our team to visit and gleen pearls.
We work to make our program become a model for excellence. Our hope to inspire more youth to find their passions and talents in film, television, communications, computer skills, and to combine digital literacy with all of their subjects for a 21st Century Education.
Already at Kamehameha, Punahou, and Iolani an advanced knowledge of Digital Media is considered an essential part of modern education. One of our biggest sources of both regret and pride is writing letters of recommendation for several of our top digital media students and then to losing them to private schools. Following up with our parents and Film Club students who recently got into Kamehameha schools, they have thanked us for teaching their children a fluency in digital literacy. It is only our Film Clubs that have taught them digital media and enhanced their ability to catch up to their peers who have been working on laptop computer curriculum for all their private school classes.
With our Film Clubs we have helped student create early media experience for careers, and have positioned them for media scholarships and internships. Several of our Club alumni have receive media internships and one of our top students Kiana Wilson received combined media scholarships of about 30,000 dollars.
The KEAC Media Program strives to be part of the wave that brings more digital literacy training for our underserved youth in Ko’olauloa and engage our students to enjoy academic excellence. These are the big picture goals, however it is extremely rewarding to see each student, not only learn technical digital media skills and knowledge, but to see our students find a passion, a sense accomplishment, growing confidence and a connection to their peers based on a real life, educational learning adventures with film.
This report represents the 4th quarter, ending February 2013. If you would like copies of the first three quarters please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovative Education – Dr. Don Sand
Create hands-on learning opportunities for students and communities to promote simpler and greener lifestyles that will reduce living costs by reusing, recycling, and recovering resources. Involve youth in digital media and position them to become teachers of sustainability through becoming proficient video producers as they become innovative masters of sustainability themselves. Use social media programs and kahuku.org to share sustainability videos and products
Please describe your innovation?
This innovation harnesses students’ passion and vision for their futures to showcase solutions to the uniquely high cost of living challenging young island residents. Invite K-12, college students and the community to collaborate, design and build low cost tiny homes and retrofitted school buses that would be used as shelters which would integrate aquaponic organic food producing systems, photovoltaics, solar panels, and worm farms. All would be aligned to the Hawaii DOE’s Career Technology and Engineering standards. Build 4 trailers near the Kahuku High & Intermediate campus: One with a tiny off-the-grid home; One with an aquaponics system; One with a worm and chicken farm and square foot garden; One with a Sunetrics renewable energy demonstration trailer, all powered with photovoltaics to showcase at different schools, farmer’s markets, trade shows. Include tents, displays, banners of each student’s project, tables, educational materials and videos for sustainability presentations.
What is the problem or situation that your innovation seeks to address?
Life in Hawaii is becoming less sustainable due to the lack of locally grown food, the poor economy, the high cost of fuel, the cost and availability of low-cost housing, expensive utilities, and our growing dependence on imported and unhealthy processed food. The youth of this island are the future and have inherited all our challenges. As they produce educational videos they will learn: to address the importance of growing healthy organic food in our own backyards using aquaponics systems that use 95% less water and use ten times less space than farming in dirt. They will also learn to see how we can use less energy in our homes by downsizing unnecessary items that waste our limited resources and time. Only one shipping company is used to import 95% of all foods entering the island. This project seeks to provide the community the necessary education to become self-sustainable. To provide the knowledge and experience to provide healthy foods to families for generations to come.
What effort have you made to test out your new idea?
We have spent the last three years organizing, documenting, and filming innovative renewable energy education programs through Kahuku Renewable Energy Innovation Center and Halau Haloa, Kahuku First Wind, HawaiiKidsMedia.com, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Sunetric, DOE, BYU Hawaii University, Olomana Gardens, Waimanalo Feed Supply, Windward Community College, Hawaii State Hospital, Na Kamalei pre-school, and so on. Our Kahuku Sustainability Club of twenty members has built two aquaponics systems inside the Kahuku High & Intermediate School CTE class, and we are designing worm farms and square foot gardens to expand our program. We have visited five aquaponics programs on Oahu. We partnered with Kahuku First Wind and produced the only documentary on First Wind’s installation at Kahuku. They requested a twenty year partnership with our science students. Using the PBS student news model, Hiki No, our students have been trained to produce professional content product for TV broadcast.
What is particularly noteworthy or novel about your innovation?
Our youth have amazing creative potential for impacting the social consciousness if they are given media tools and support. Our youth face current and future environmental challenges, it is only fitting that they have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions. We want to provide the resources needed to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable living. The Department of Education’s standards for the CTE units and the US Common Core Standards are integrated into each unit plan of instruction. The students will explore innovative solutions to reduce waste and protect the environment. Partnerships with renewable energy companies will be solicited to provide internships and learning opportunities for K-12 students. Programs will be offered as after school opportunities for students and the school community. Use bus or trailer to collect food waste for portable worm farm, empty beverage containers, old cell phones, small batteries, etc.
What impact do you expect your innovation will have on the problem or situation described in the previous question?
We plan to lead by example and show that there are many creative ways to leave a small footprint on our world. The “Sustainable Living through Innovation” curriculum and alignment to the standards for project-based learning activities is designed for the students to find solutions to the environmental challenges we face. The youth viewer generated video’s on sustainability will be much more impactful with the youth as it will be produced from their point of view and their voice. The students will become the experts as they participate in researching their subject, writing script and editing the educational video, the social media marketing clips and helping to create video and written content in schools that have little current content in traditional text books on the subject of sustainability and renewable energy. Students create the content and learn as they go. Our motto: Innovate More, Depend Less.
What other community partners will you need if your innovation is to scale beyond your organization?
Sunetric, Kahuku First Wind, Hawaii Military Sustainability Command, ‘Olelo, FEMA, H-5, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, DBEDT, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Blue Planet Foundation, Oahu Urban Garden Center, Home Depot, Lowes, Re-Use Hawaii, eatlocalhawaii.org, Kahuku Film Club, chefann.com, USDA, Sopogy, Community-Supported Agriculture, Malama Pupukea-Waialua, caretakers on Ko’olauloa fish ponds, Michelle Obama’s letsmove.gov, etc. Advertize their support on car wraps on our model homes and aquaponics systems. Provide interns and researchers for renewable energy companies, provide digital media content for sponsors. National Task Force on S.T.E.M. Education in Washington, DC. The alignment to the Hawaii Content & Performance Standards (HCPS III) and the US Common Core Standards is currently underway for S.T.E.M. education in Hawaii. A DOE task force has convened and is working to provide the aligned framework as part of the Race to The Top initiative.
Why are your organization, partners, and key personnel suited to take on this project?
Our organization is uniquely suited help foster ideas for solutions as we continuously develop new, innovative and practical methods of becoming more sustainable. We can’t afford to stand idlely by, continue to blame others or do nothing. Our keiki deserve more and our kupuna expect more of us. We all agree that our communities deserve a higher quality of life by encouraging healthier and more sustainable living environment. We need to discourage children from eating unhealthy fast food. If we do nothing to prevent this, then we can expect more than half of Hawaii’s youth to become obese and suffer from multiple yet preventable chronic conditions such as diabetes which will result in expensive and unsustainable health care costs. We agree that are growing too dependent on imported food not realizing that even a small disaster could severely challenge our way of life since only 5% of our food is grown on our islands and our oceans and beaches are continually being filled with trash.
Create success value and sustainability films for K-12 students
Provide advanced film and television training
Create master teachers video library
Create digital media internships
Offer graphics and animation training
Teach and provide digital marketing
Provide digital business training and life skills
Provide innovative learning using a camera
Create virtual classroom and distance education
Provide OB development in digital media, film and television for those living in Ko’olauloa
Provide consulting services for innovative education
Provide training to existing schools (charter, public and private)