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The most important voices in Hawaii are the ones heading back to school

To make sure Hawaii’s students and teachers have a chance to lead, last year HawaiiKidsCAN launched WAVE – a program that empowers both students and teachers to learn advocacy tactics, craft policy proposals, and submit their recommendations to the legislature and Board of Education.

We’re excited to share the perspectives of four student leaders from this program with you – Pua Olena Torres, Dyson Chee, Camron Johnson-Lee and Phoenix Maimiti Valentine – on the eve of their new school year.  Pua, Dyson, Camron and Phoenix are pursuing their education in diverse ways – at a traditional public, at a charter high school and in homeschooling environments. All of them, however, are emblematic of the incredible individuals in the WAVE Youth Program who all have a desire to see a more just and equitable state, country and world.


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Spark & Inspire

Last month we co-hosted Spark & Inspire with Teach For America Hawaiʻi, we had such a fun night at our first ever Spark & Inspire event, we would like to re-live the night and share a recap with you. Thanks to the talented Saber Media team from James Campbell High School for this wonderful highlight video.

Click here for the highlight video

If you missed the live event, no worries because ‘Ōlelo recorded the night, and we posted it on our YouTube Channel, click on this link to check it out.