What can get lost in the tremendous changes sweeping the media over the past few years is that many encouraging things are happening.

One of them is going on right here in Hawaii. It’s called Hiki No, which means can do.

The first newscast shot, edited, written and reported by middle and high school students from across the state was previewed for staff and a few guests Wednesday afternoon at PBS Hawaii in Honolulu.

The only people missing were the fantastic kids (and their teachers), who’d done all the work. But they were lighting up the screen.

You can see what I’m talking about in a half-hour program premiering at 5 p.m. Monday on PBS Hawaii. I encourage you to check it out. If you’re looking for inspiration, I think you’ll come away encouraged about the talent of our youth.

The program is an example of the kind of bold thinking that’s needed to bring understanding to the islands and to give students the kind of learning opportunity they deserve. Among the topics of the stories produced by nine schools (55 in all are involved) from all four counties were Facebook rules, laptops in schools, farming, friendship, night football, a basketball coach, history, robots and what makes a cool retail store work.

We’ve got a lot of new storytellers in Hawaii. Based on what I saw Wednesday, that’s good news for today and for the future.

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