Hoku Subiono, a student at Kua o ka La PCS Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy on the Big Island, has filmed the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project.

PBS says in a press release that Subiono’s story is about “his own struggles to bridge his Hawaiian culture and his love of science. The story explores the clash between modern science and ancient tradition, as one of the world’s most advanced telescopes is built at the summit of Mauna Kea, considered sacred land by many Hawaiians.”

The story will be one of several stories featured in the “Hiki No” program that airs next Thursday (Feb. 19) at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.

TMT protest report by Hiki No

PBS Hawaii

The episodes will also be available to watch after the broadcast at PBSHawaii.org/hikino.

Hiki No is a statewide student news network made up of 90 public, private and charter schools from across the islands.

Full disclosure: I occasionally help PBS Hawaii judge the “Hiki No” reports for a contest, and I can tell you that many of the reports are not only of excellent quality but also suggest that journalism will be in good hands when this generation takes over.

Assuming there are any jobs left in journalism to take, of course!

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