HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What does living pono mean to you? That's the question being asked of all students across the state. The Hawaii civil rights commission's annual E ola pono competition is underway, and Amy Kalili speaks with last year's winners about what living pono means to them.
These students explored the meaning of "pono" with kupuna and learned more than they expected. This competition was a way for students to show their talents and use Hawaiian language in producing a video.
The students were charged with producing the video from concept all the way through editing.
"I would rather have hands-on activity than book work. To me I learn better that way," said Kaione Lono Haumana.
Winning goes well beyond a title or award for the students.
"The thing that I liked the best about it is that we got to learn more about that certain olelo no'eau. I could really see how their interest and insight grew," said Kaione Lono Haumana.
The Civil Rights Commission aims to link the traditional Hawaiian understanding of pono, or living in harmony with self, others, and place, with what underlies civil rights.
"A lot of this is really encouraging our youth to start the dialogue with kupuna, with ohana, with their grandparents about what pono is," said Sara Banks.
The competition is open to students statewide in grades 4 to 12. I try and impress upon the other kumu what a great opportunity this competition is for the students to grow and learn.