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Seniors Taylor Moniz (KSK), Joshua Worth (KSM) and Laieikawai Smith (KSH) herald the importance of nurturing the next generation of Native Hawaiian leaders. Tune in to KHON2’s Virtual Town Hall to see more of our budding ‘ōiwi leaders posing questions to General Election candidates. The event airs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 11. View more videos »

Tri-campus student leaders take part in KHON2 Town Hall

Oct. 8, 2020

As part of a lesson in civic engagement, rising ‘ōiwi leaders from KS Hawai‘i, KS Maui and KS Kapālama will take part in KHON2’s Virtual Town Hall airing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 11. The two-hour Town Hall is sponsored by Kamehameha Schools, the Center for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and will be moderated by KHON2’s Gina Mangieri. 

The broadcast will highlight General Election candidates in the races for Honolulu Mayor, Hawai‘i County Mayor, US Representative Districts 1 and 2, and Honolulu Prosecutor. KS students will pose questions in English and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i to the candidates and will also take part in a special ‘ōpio panel discussion livestreamed on social media.

“We believe that providing students with civic engagement experiences will help them grow into leaders who will fill government seats, as well as community boards and commissions,” said KS Community and Government Relations (CGR) Director Kau‘i Burgess. The CGR team worked with kumu and others to orchestrate student participation in the Town Hall events.

“These development and training opportunities ensure that their voices continue to be heard, and that they have the ‘ike and confidence to join other ‘alaka‘i at the beginning of decision-making processes involving issues that impact the well-being of the lāhui.

“We also hope that highlighting local student advocates will inspire other schools and students in Hawai‘i to create their own civic engagement clubs and that in the near future, KS students will be able to engage in large student leadership advocacy forums that will offer school-to-school engagement, advocacy efforts and discussions and debates on issues facing the community.”

See our rising leaders in action

Living 808 Segment

KHON2 Virtual Hawai‘i Town Hall

  • Thursday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 11 / 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on KHON2
  • Candidates will respond to questions, posed by community members and students. Participating KS students are: seniors Sophia Perry (KSH), Kawaiolaakeali‘i Kapuni (KSM) and Emi Shigekane (KSK).
  • View the pre-recorded questions from student leaders.

Up Late ʻŌpio Panel

  • Thursday, Oct. 8 / 9:00 to 9:45 p.m. 
  • Co-moderated by KSK Student Leadership and Activities Director Andrew Lai. Student leaders will discuss policy issues that define this year’s election season. They will also celebrate the release of the “Koho Kit,” a digital toolkit that includes voting-themed Facebook profile picture frames, ZOOM backgrounds, and voter education materials produced by Kanaeokana. Participating KS students are: seniors Sophia Perry (KSH), Sofia Stupplebeen (KSM) and Mahina Amoy (KSK).
  • View the panel discussion on the Kamehameha Schools Facebook page.


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