For immediate release: April 28, 2022


The winners were announced during a statewide student video contest

To view the video, please click on the photo or view it at this link: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/education/videos/

(HONOLULU) – How do Hawaii’s forests inspire you? That’s the question answered by dozens of students across the state who submitted entries to the ʻŌlelo Youth Xchange Video Contest in the “Inspired by the Forest” category.

The category winners, sponsored by DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), were announced at a ceremony April 20 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The event, coordinated by ʻŌlelo Community Media, has been dubbed “Hawaii’s Emmys” for students learning to express themselves through digital media.

The winning entry in the elementary school division was an animation focusing on the importance of preventing the spread of ʻŌhiʻa Rapid Death (ROD). The video was submitted by Braeden Redira, a student from Pearl City Highlands Elementary, who drew and animated the video using open source animation software.

Kaimukī Middle School provided the winning entry for the middle school division, titled “Ka Nahele O Ka Mokupuni: The Island Forest”. The four female students featured in the video (Chloe Liu, Mirah Levine, Leila Manibo, and Sophia Tada) discuss how the forest inspires their artistic pursuits, including dance, photography, and painting.

Students also share how forests help them relieve stress, promote quality time with family and friends, and bring back fond childhood memories spent outdoors.

The winner in the high school category was “Ola Kākou I ka ‘Āina”, a video by Anuhea Vida at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Her video describes how forests are intrinsically linked to people, helping them to thrive and grow. The video features images of Maui’s forests with an oli paying homage to Kāne and elements of the forest, as well as interviews with Kamehameha Schools staff discussing how forests support and connect communities.

“This year’s student videos were absolutely amazing,” said Josh Atwood, Information and Education Coordinator for DOFAW. “Seeing how students connect with our forests, combined with the skills they develop in communication and advocacy, gives me hope for the future. Our forests will be in good hands.

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(All images/videos courtesy of DLNR)

Winning Entries in Forest Inspired Category: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/education/videos/

Ōlelo Youth Xchange 2022 Contest Details and Submitted Videos:

Youth Xchange 2022

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Madison Rice Communications Specialist Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources

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John C. Dent