The 15th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition, presented by Sony has announced the 2018 finalists from over 980 submissions — a record number for the state’s oldest and largest contest of its type, according to a news release.

The finalist videos were created by students who attend a program record 100 public, charter and private schools all across Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island and Maui counties.

Judges selected finalists based on subject impact and technical production. These 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 Thursday, April 26 at the Awards Gala at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

The live cablecast of the ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Awards Gala will air April 26 starting at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 49, as well as streamed live at www.olelo/49 and YouTube at The cablecast will also be made available for viewing within 48 hours on ‘Ōlelo Video On-Demand Channel 52, at and on

Last year, more than 800 educators, student-producers and guests from across the state celebrated the finalist videos at the 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange awards banquet.

‘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.

This year, Youth Xchange videos competed in 16 categories.

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

The 11 sponsored categories include Assessments — Setting Yourself Up for Success, Creating Peace, Fight the Bite, Forest Inspired, Me and the Law, No Vape, Start Living Healthy, Storm Water Hero, The Value of Water, Traffic Safety and Vote to Rise.

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.

‘Ōlelo is committed to airing programs of community interest on its cable channels: 49, 53, 54 and 55, as well as in high-definition on 1049 and 1053 (Hawaiian Telcom).

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Established in 2003, ‘Ōlelo Community Media’s Youth Xchange is Hawai‘i’s largest and first issues-oriented statewide student video competition. For more information about the 2018 Youth Xchange competition, visit, call ‘Ōlelo Community Media at ‪834.0007 or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Established in 1989, ‘Ōlelo Community Media is a private, nonprofit provider of community access television services and resources on O‘ahu.

‘Ōlelo airs programs of special community interest on six community cable channels on Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcom: 49, 53, 54 and 55, as well as HD channels 1049 and 1053 on Hawaiian Telcom. On-demand programming is also available on Spectrum 50 (State Government) and Channel 52 (public).

‘Ōlelo’s mission is to strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media. For more information,

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2017-2018 Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition




Assessment Taking – Pomaikai Elementary School

The Fortune Teller – Ma’ili Elementary

Growth Mindset – Kipapa Elementary

Middle School:

Do This, Not That – Waipahu Intermediate

Power of the Test – Maui Waena Intermediate

Recipe for Success – Moanalua Middle

High School:

Don’t Be A Scam – Moanalua High

Success is a Decision – Wallace Rider Farrington High

Taking Assessments Seriously – Theodore Roosevelt High



Colorful – Aina Haina Elementary

I Will Stand Up For Someone Today – Keaukaha Elementary

The Peace Within Us – Kainalu Elementary

Middle School:

Behind a Smile – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Choose Kindness – Mililani Middle

Suffering in Silence – Aliamanu Middle

High School:

Silenced – Mililani High

Smile – Moanalua High

The Road Doesn’t End Here – Waipahu High



Fight the Bite – Those Pesky Mosquitos – Alvah A. Scott Elementary

Mosquito Apocalypse 1.0 – Kipapa Elementary

The Hungry Mosquito – Kainalu Elementary

Middle School:

Fight the Bite Day and Night – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Mosquito Slap – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Street Fight the Bite – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

High School:

Fight The Bite! – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Get ’em! – Leilehua High (766526)

Mosquitoes… Oh No! – Moanalua High



Attack of the Rhino Beetles – Waipahu Elementary

Larry and Harry Learn a Lesson – Kipapa Elementary

Trees, Trees – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Middle School:

A Day In the Forest – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Forest Dream – Moanalua Middle

Forest Inspired: I’m Inspired – Ewa Makai Middle School

High School:

Forest Protection – Kauai High

My Home: Hawai’i – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Painting Our Past and Future – Moanalua High



A Short Life for Speeders – Salt Lake Elementary

Live the Night Away! A Story of Vandalism – Waipahu Elementary

Under the Influence – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Middle School:

It’s Your Life in the Balance – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Malama Da Aina: Plastic Bag Ban – Ewa Makai Middle School

Me and the Law: Evolution of a Thief – Aliamanu Middle

High School:

Do Not Be Silent – Wallace Rider Farrington High

That’s Not Love – Lahainaluna High

Oh Cell No – Moanalua High



Coconut Island – Sunset Beach Elementary

Healthy Healthy – Stay Healthy – Alvah A. Scott Elementary

Polynesian Voyaging – Then & Now – Maunawili Elementary

Middle School:

Garden of Pride – Waianae Intermediate

Ha – Breath of Life – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Hawaii’s Sugar Workers: The Largest Strike For Labor Rights – Kailua Intermediate

High School:

Lahainaluna State Champs – Lahainaluna High (

Mo’olelo Hawai’i – George Helm & PK’O – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Wai’anae Heiau – Waianae High



The Gift – Waipahu Elementary

Vape Free Youth – Honowai Elementary

Vape-onopoly – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Middle School:

Beast in the Beauty – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Escape the Vape – Niu Valley Middle

Princess of Fresh Air – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

High School:

No Vaping Challenge – Waianae High

Vape That! – Moanalua High

Vaping Can Kill – William McKinley High



Are You Eating Microplastics? – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Emoji – Pearl Ridge Elementary

Traffic Safety – Kalihi-kai Elementary

Middle School:

Disconnect – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

Keep Your Head High – Molokai Middle

Rescue Tubes – Maui Waena Intermediate

High School:

Labels – William McKinley High

Self Love – Sacred Hearts Academy

Time for a Change – Kapolei High



How Healthy I’ll Be – Kipapa Elementary

Storm Water Hero – Kalihi-kai Elementary

The Secret – Waipahu Elementary

Middle School:

Labels – St. Andrew’s Schools

Movie Night – Maui Waena Intermediate

Reduced To Nothing – Moanalua Middle

High School:

Ha’awi Aloha – Hawaiian Mission Academy – 9-12 Campus

Just for Show – Maui High

Torment – A Short Animation – Kamehameha Schools Maui



Active Transportation – Maemae Elementary

Activity Makes A Difference – Kainalu Elementary

Healthy Living Through Active Transportation – William R. Shafter Elementary

Middle School:

Bike For Life – Aliamanu Middle

Change It Up and Walk to School – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle

One Less Car On The Road – Ewa Makai Middle School

High School:

Option B – Aiea High

The Walk Mobile – William McKinley High

The Walker and the Driver – Kaimuki Christian School



Hydro Heroes – Maunawili Elementary

Only Rain Down the Storm Drain – Hookele Elementary School

The Drain is for the Rain – Joseph J. Fern Elementary

Middle School:

Save IT: Storm Water Hero – Ewa Makai Middle School

Water Hero – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

High School:

One Drop One Life – Aiea High

Water Pollution – Hana High and Elementary

Water You Doing? – Moanalua High



Don’t Waste Water – Haleiwa Elementary

Every Drop Counts – Waikele Elementary

Save Water – Makaha Elementary

Middle School:

It’s Called ‘Water’ Not ‘Wasted’! – Moanalua Middle

Value of Water – Maui Waena Intermediate

Water is Essential – Hawaii Technology Academy

High School:

Ola I Ka Wai – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Seven Ways to Save Water – Wallace Rider Farrington High

Water Is Life – Saint Francis School



Don’t Drink and Drive – Come Home Alive – Pauoa Elementary

Driving Distraction Free – Kipapa Elementary

Think Before You Drink! – Ahuimanu Elementary

Middle School:

One Chance – Moanalua Middle

Pedestrian Safety – Maui Waena Intermediate

Street Smarts – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

High School:

Game Over – Kapolei High

Pressure’s Not Worth It – Kamehameha Schools Maui

Zach’s Ride – Moanalua High



Don’t be Scared to Vote – Makaha Elementary

Vote 2 Rise – Pomaikai Elementary School

Middle School:

Did you Vote? – Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School

Should You Vote – Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

Why Voting Matters – Lahaina Intermediate

High School:

Rise to the Opportunity – Mililani High

Voting Is Power – Wallace Rider Farrington High

We Are the Future – Kapolei High


Behind the Orphan – Highlands Intermediate

If the Shoe Fits – Maui Waena Intermediate

Walking in Another Person’s Shoes – Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate


A Voyage Through Generations – Waianae High

Ko Makou’aina – Henry J. Kaiser High

Tomorrow The World – Moanalua High



Kanoelani Elementary

Keaukaha Elementary

Lanakila Elementary

Solomon Elementary

Middle School:

Kaimuki Middle

Lahaina Intermediate

Molokai Middle

Volcano School of Arts & Sciences

High School:

Hana High & Elementary

Lahainaluna High

Le Jardin Academy

Pearl City High