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Maui High students win video award

Christine Alonzo (left) and April Iniba (right) are shown with Elysha Vega, manager of Panasonic Corp. of North America Outreach Programs.

Maui High School students Christine Alonzo and April Iniba and their adviser, Clint Gima, traveled to Panasonic world headquarters in Tokyo June 30-Aug. 3 to participate in the 2019 Kid Witness News Global Awards Week, hosted by Panasonic. All expenses associated with the trip are sponsored by Panasonic Corp. of North America.

While in Tokyo, student participants engaged with members from Panasonic Visuals for a workshop to enhance their filming skills and meet other video journalists from the Kid Witness News Program around the world.

To qualify for this event, students were awarded “Best Video of the Year” in the Secondary Grade Category of the local Kid Witness News video competition in the United States. Awards were presented at Panasonic Corp. of North America’s headquarters in Newark, N.J., on May 10 during the annual KWN Winners Weekend program.

Maui High School’s video, “I’m OK,” explores a teen’s struggle to accept herself despite the pressures around her. The purpose of the annual video competition is to showcase “The World Through Their Eyes,” and encourages teamwork and building communication skills through the use of modern video technology.

Other Maui High group members for the award-winning video are Hunter Nahooikaika and Josiah Castillo.

Since the Kid Witness News Program was launched by Panasonic in the U.S. in 1989, about 185,000 students have participated in the program globally. In addition to providing the all expense paid trip to Tokyo, Panasonic supports this program by providing participating schools with video equipment and instructional support.