The 16th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition has announced the 2019 finalists from 1,062 submissions — a record number for the state’s oldest and largest contest of its type, according to a news release from ʻŌlelo Community Media.

The submissions were created by elementary, middle and high-school students who attend 88 public, charter and private schools all across O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. Finalist videos are from all counties.

Three Kaua‘i schools — Kaua‘i High, Kapa‘a High and Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle — had a dozen combined entries selected as finalists (see list at the end of the article).

‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange was developed to help give island keiki a voice to tell stories in a variety of video formats and about subjects that are meaningful to them.

The finalist videos were selected based on subject impact and technical production. The judging panels included local news media, filmmaking professionals and, in the case of sponsored categories, subject experts.

High-definition Sony digital video cameras will be awarded to the winning schools in each of the divisional categories on the morning of Wednesday, April 24 at the Awards Gala at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

 

Since its inception, ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange has awarded over 650 video cameras to schools throughout Hawai‘i.

The live cablecast of the ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Awards Gala will air April 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 53; the livestream can be viewed via Facebook and ‘ŌleloNet at olelo.org/53. The entire cablecast will also be made available for viewing within 48 hours on ‘Ōlelo Video On-Demand Channel 184 and on olelo.org/olelonet.

Last April, 750 educators, student-producers and guests from across the state celebrated the finalist videos and winners at the 2018 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange awards banquet.

This year, Youth Xchange videos compete in 17 categories.

The five broad categories include mini-documentary, public service announcement, short, Expert and Junior Expert.

The 12 sponsored categories include 808 No Vape; Clean Energy Future; Creating Peace; Eat Local, Eat Fresh; Forest Inspired; Pathways for a Better Life; Prepare NOW; School Breakfast Promotion; Speak Up for Justice; Storm Water Hero; The Value of Water; and Traffic Safety.

Students in ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange compete in three age divisions: elementary, intermediate and high school. Previous winners and students with professional experience compete in the Junior Expert (kindergarten through middle school) and Expert (high school and college) categories.

Visit www.olelo.org/YXC for more information.

‘Ōlelo Community Media’s

2018-2019 Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition

Finalists

808 NO VAPE

Elementary:

Don’t Vape It’s A Mistake – ‘Āhuimanu Elementary

No Vape Rap – Mā‘ili Elementary

Killer Vape – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Middle School:

What’s in the Juice – Highlands Intermediate

Don’t Vape – Waiʿanae Intermediate

It’s Not Worth Losing Everything – Kealakehe Intermediate

High School:

#itsnotjuice – Waiʿanae High

Does it Really Matter? – Maui High

Don’t Juul – Pearl City High

A.L.I.C.E. – PATHWAYS FOR A BETTER LIFE

Elementary:

It’s Your Choice – Kainalu Elementary

Bright Future – Mōkapu Elementary

Growing up with A.L.I.C.E. – Waipahu Elementary

Middle School:

Wynette’s Story – ‘Ewa Makai Middle

It Will All Pay Off – Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao PCS

Prepare for Your Future – Moanalua Middle

High School:

The Wishing Tree – Saint Francis School

The Flame of Life – Saint Francis School

We All Know ALICE – William McKinley High

CREATING PEACE

Elementary:

Words On A Screen – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Shining Through Adversity – Kainalu Elementary

Creating Peace – Kīpapa Elementary

Middle School:

Carton of Eggs – Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao PCS

Creating Peace – Waipahu Intermediate

Real Life Chess – Kaimukī Middle

High School:

It Can Wait – Kamehameha Schools Maui

PEACE – Waipahu High

Lipstick – Waipahu High

EAT LOCAL, EAT FRESH

Elementary:

Fresh’N’Local – Kainalu Elementary

Tutu Knows Best! Eat Local, Eat Fresh! – Waipahu Elementary

Eat Local, Eat Fresh – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Middle School:

Eat Local, Eat Fresh – Hawaii Baptist Academy

Stay Fresh! – ‘Ewa Makai Middle

Eat Fresh, Eat Local – Waipahu Intermediate

High School:

Living Local – Moanalua High

Eat the Right Play – William McKinley High

Caught Not Bought – Kapa‘a High

FOREST INSPIRED

Elementary:

Our Irreplaceable Forests – Ma‘ema‘e Elementary

Preventing Forest Fires – Pauoa Elementary

Plant A Tree For A Better Future – Kainalu Elementary

Middle School:

Wisdom of the Forest – Āliamanu Middle

Mililani Middle & Wai‘anae Kai Mountain Watershed Partnership – Mililani Middle

Native Plants, The Forest & Our Ecosystem – Molokai Middle

High School:

Appreciate the Forest – Kaua‘i High

What is Your Why? – Kamehameha Schools Kapālama

Connections – Kamehameha Schools Kapālama

HAWAIʻI’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

Elementary:

Clean Energy Future – Kainalu Elementary

Cleaner Makes it Greener – Ma‘ema‘e Elementary

Middle School:

PSA_RCK – Lahaina Intermediate

Solar Man v. Pollution Man – Āliamanu Middle

Conserving Energy – Niu Valley Middle

High School:

Energy Race – William McKinley High

GO GREEN (CLEAN ENERGY) – Waipahu High

Saving Electricity for a Brighter Future – Kaua‘i High

MINI-DOCUMENTARY

Elementary:

Got an Itch? – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Chinese New Year – Pōmaika‘i Elementary

National Park Adventures – Hale‘iwa Elementary

Middle School:

Rat Lungworm Prevention – George Washington Middle

The Meaning of Aloha in the ‘Ewa Community – ‘Ewa Makai Middle

Crossfit – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

High School:

Hands 4 Paws – ‘Aiea High

Homeless – Leilehua High

Overcoming Adversity – Moanalua High

Maile’s Dream – Moanalua High

PREPARE NOW

Elementary:

Emergency Preparedness – Ma‘ema‘e Elementary

Preparation for Natural Disaster – Pauoa Elementary

Be Prepared – ‘Āina Haina Elementary (884628)

Middle School:

Hurricane Prep NOW – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

Prepare Now – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

The Rainy Day – SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability

High School:

NOW Gaming – Moanalua High

Cat-astrophe Kit – William McKinley High

Kong Destruction – Leilehua High

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Elementary:

The Puzzle – Pearl City Highlands Elementary

Stop Littering, Now! – Moanalua Elementary

Challenge 5 – Samuel K. Solomon Elementary

Middle School:

The Last Straw – Maui Waena Intermediate

Healthy Eating – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Be You – Molokai Middle

High School:

Never Again – Le Jardin Academy

Uē Ka Lani, Ola Ka Honua – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Bruised – Sacred Hearts Academy

SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROMOTION

Elementary:

Breakfast Rap – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

The Hypothesis Test – Kainalu Elementary

Breakfast Battle – Waipahu Elementary

Middle School:

Breakfast Club – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

Breakfast Promotion – George Washington Middle

Breakfast is Success – Moanalua Middle

High School:

The Best Fuel Is The One From School – Moanalua High

The Breakfast Twins – Wallace Rider Farrington High

The School Breakfast Club – Kaimukī Christian School

SHORT

Elementary:

Be Less Stressed – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Huaka‘i Hawai‘i – Kīpapa Elementary

Heartbroken, Heartbeat – Waipahu Elementary

Middle School:

Don’t Vape Guys – Lana‘i High & Elementary

Leave a Mark – Maui Waena Intermediate

My Intent – One Word – Molokai Middle

High School:

Worry Nothing – Kaua‘i High

Catch of the Day – Moanalua High

Tic Tic Tic Tic – St. Andrew’s Schools

SPEAK UP FOR JUSTICE

Elementary:

Speak Up for Justice – Alvah A. Scott Elementary

Speak Up for Justice – Gun Control – Kīpapa Elementary

Priced Out of Paradise – Gustav H. Webling Elementary

Middle School:

We Need Change – ‘Ewa Makai Middle

Speak Up – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Social Prejudice Ends With You – Robert Louis Stevenson Middle

High School:

Dear Senator – Kaua‘i High

‘Āina Warrior – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Speak Up For Justice! – Saint Francis School

STORM WATER HERO

Elementary:

Round & Round – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Be Good To Mother Earth – Kainalu Elementary

Be a Storm Water Hero – Mānoa Elementary

Middle School:

Jack The Talking Fish – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

It’s Up To Us – ‘Ewa Makai Middle

End Plastic Pollution – Wai‘anae Intermediate

High School:

Storm Water Hero – Kaua‘i High

The World is Our Home – William McKinley High

Catch of the Day – Moanalua High

THE VALUE OF WATER

Elementary:

Grandpa’s Money – Mā‘ili Elementary

Evil Hose – Mākaha Elementary

Put a Stop to the Drop – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Middle School:

One Drop At A Time – Āliamanu Middle

Turn Off the Faucet – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

The Value Of Water – Kealakehe Intermediate

High School:

Aquard – Kapolei High

‘A‘ohe Wai, ‘A‘ohe Ola – Kamehameha Schools Maui

The Bank of Water – Moanalua High

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Elementary:

Pay Attention or Learn Your Lesson – Kainalu Elementary

Safety Matters – Montessori School of Maui

Bike Safety is Traffic Safety – Samuel K. Solomon Elementary

Middle School:

No One’s Safe When Driving Drunk – Āliamanu Middle

Less Texting, More Driving – Moanalua Middle

Traffic Safety – Waipahu Intermediate

High School:

Traffic Safety Seatbelt Awareness – Mililani High

Drive Good Walk Safe – Theodore Roosevelt High

Did You Think? – Leilehua High

JUNIOR EXPERT

Lose the Plastic, Lose the Suit – Kealakehe Intermediate

Sustainable Boost – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Are You Going to Cloud Your Lungs – Wai‘anae Intermediate

EXPERT

Lab Safety – Wa‘ianae High

Illegal Dumping – Wai‘anae High

A Spark Within – Maui High