Waianae teacher writes her way to healing from domestic abuse on PBS Hawaii’s HIKI NŌ

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PBS hawaii documentaryHONOLULU, HI – On next Thursday’s edition of PBS Hawaii’s student news show, HIKI NŌ, students from Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu tell the story of Momi Robbins-Makaila, a Waianae Intermediate School teacher who has written a book about the domestic abuse she has suffered in her life and the effect it had on her son. Titled Candy Canes and Coke, Momi’s book chronicles her abusive relationships and her journey towards healing.

Students from Sacred Hearts Academy host this new episode, with other featured stories by students from:

  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii Island, who show how teenagers bridge the generation gap by helping senior citizens navigate new technology;
  • Kapolei High School on Oahu, who profile a teenager who does not let his Type 1 Diabetes get in the way of his passion for BMX bike racing;
  • Kalaheo High School on Oahu, who uncover a World War II bunker in Windward Oahu and discover its unique, post-war uses;
  • Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle School, who reveal the challenges facing an upcountry Maui farmer and the difficulty of getting food from farm to table;
  • King Intermediate School on Oahu, who talk with a tattooed woman about her experiences with workplace attitudes towards her body art;
  • And Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, who try to uncover a 101-year-old Kauai man’s secret to living a long and healthy life.

This episode will be available to watch after the broadcast at PBSHawaii.org/hikino.

PBS Hawaii is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world.

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HIKI NŌ is Hawaii’s first statewide student news network, made up of 90 public, private and charter schools from across the islands. Through the production of video news stories about their schools and communities, students gain valuable workforce and life skills, while teachers engage their students in hands-on, collaborative learning.

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