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Lahaina students named finalists in statewide video competition

By Staff | Apr 12, 2018

The 15th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition, presented by Sony, last week announced the 2018 finalists from over 980 submissions – a record number for the state’s oldest and largest video contest.

The finalist videos were created by students who attend a program record 100 public, charter and private schools all across Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai 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 Hawaii Convention Center.

Lahaina students are in the running for awards, including Lahainaluna High School for “That’s Not Love” in the Me And The Law category and “Lahainaluna State Champs” in the Mini Documentary category, and Lahaina Intermediate School students for “Why Voting Matters” in the Vote To Rise category.

Lahainaluna and LIS students are also nominated for awards in the Newcomer competition.

The live cablecast of the ‘Olelo 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 youtube.com/olelocm. The cablecast will also be made available for viewing within 48 hours on ‘Olelo Video On-Demand Channel 52, at www.youtube.com/olelocm and on olelo.org/olelonet.

Last April, over 800 educators, student-producers and guests from across the state celebrated the finalist videos at the 2017 ‘Olelo Youth Xchange awards banquet.

‘Olelo 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 ‘Olelo 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.

For more information on the contest, visit www.olelo.org/YXC.