Area Students Vie For ‘Olelo Video Awards

Entries from 16 Windward Oahu student video teams are in the running for top awards April 12 at the 10th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Video Competition awards banquet at Ko Olina Resort.

The cable company announced a record 658 entries this year, and judges picked 114 as finalists. At stake is a high-definition Sony digital video camera for the winning school in each of 38 categories. Three finalists were selected in each category among public, private and charter schools across the state.

The Kainalu Elementary video team is a finalist for 10 of its entries in six categories; King Intermediate has three videos in the running. Other area schools in contention are Maunawili Elementary, Kailua Intermediate, Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate, and Kahuku High & Intermediate schools.

As the state’s oldest and largest youth video competition, the program is intended to help keiki develop their storytelling voice in a variety of video formats on subjects meaningful to them. The program is supported by several government and private sponsors, including First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Ko Olina Hawaii.