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ʻŌlelo Youth Xchange Video Competition Names 14 Maui Finalists

April 4, 2017, 9:52 AM HST
* Updated April 4, 9:54 AM
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The ʻŌlelo Youth Xchange has announced the finalists for its 14th annual statewide student video competition.

There were over 900 submissions from 89 schools across the state. Fourteen of the finalists are from Maui schools.

Fourteen schools on Maui were finalists in the 14th annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange video competition. Maui Now stock photo.

Judges selected finalists based on subject impact and technical production. These panels included local news media, film making professionals and subject experts.

This year there were 18 categories, seven broad categories including; animation, mini-documentary, news, public service announcement, short, Expert and Junior Expert. There were eleven sponsored categories that included clean energy future, creating peace, fight the bite, forest health Hawaiʻi, Malama Honua, start living healthy, storm water hero, taking assessments seriously, the value of water, traffic safety and vote to rise.

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


High-definition Sony digital cameras will be awarded to the winning schools in each of the divisional categories on Thursday, April 27, at the Awards Gala held at the Sheraton Waikiki.


The live cablecast of the Gala will air on April 27 starting at 10:30 a.m. on channel 55, and will be live streamed here.

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

The Maui Finalists are:



Maui Waena Intermediate – Middle School: “Disability Does Not Mean Inability”
Kalama Intermediate – Middle School: “Being Healthy”
Maui High – High School: “Sports Safety Rap”

Fight the Bite:

Maui Waena Intermediate – Middle School: “Fight the Bite”

Forest Health Hawaiʻi:

Kalama Intermediate – Middle School: “Forest Restoration Project”

Malama Honua:

Maui Waena Intermediate – Middle School: “Malama Honua”

Mini Documentary:

Kalama Intermediate – Middle School: “Basketball Can be Healthy”

Public Service Announcement:

Maui High – High School: “Ocean Delicacy”

Taking Assessments Seriously:

Pomaikai Elementary – Elementary: “Getting Ready for SBA”

The Value of Water:

Pomaikai Elementary – Elementary: “Conserving Water”
Kamehameha Schools, Maui – High School: “I am Water”

Traffic Safety:

Maui High – High School: “The Third Wheel”

Vote to Rise:

Wailuku Elementary – Elementary: “Importance of Voting”


Maui High – “Women in Technology”

For a full list of the finalists, click here.

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