By Trina Nahm-Mijo – Instructor
The Sixth Annual Middle College Film Festival was held on December 7 at the
Historic Palace Theatre. Eighteen Kua O Ka La Public Charter School (KOKL PCS) students presented twelve videos which were created as part of their I.S. 101: Bridging Self, College, and Community requirements as part of the Running Start/Middle College program held at Kea`au Youth Business Center (KYBC) this past semester. The videos ran the gamut from special interest presentations on surfing, skateboarding, Tahitian dancing, and life snippets of family and friends to creative adventures and two original music videos “Baby Girl” and “Show Some Love.” Middle College musicians have been featured performers at the HawCC’s “E Ola Haloa Health Fair” for the past two years.
Opening the show was a new eight minute promotional video for KYBC produced by Jesse Tunison who started attending KYBC’s After-School program when he was 16 years old. The promotional video can be found at www.kybc808.com or on YouTube (put URL here).
About 150 friends, family and community members were in attendance. Looking on with special appreciation were the middle college team members including Claudia Wilcox-Boucher, Hawai`i Community College instructor; Natec Penn, video trainer; Jon Aynessazian, culinary arts trainer; Damon Williams, music and sound recording trainer, Trina Nahm-Mijo, founder of the middle college program at Hawai`i Community College, and Susie Osbourne, Principal of KOKL PCS. Since 75% of KOKL PCS students are Native Hawaiian, the Running Start/Middle College program serves as a direct pathway to HawCC as well as an effective mechanism to meet Achieving the Dream goals.
KYBC is having a Holiday Special on community use of its state-of-the-art sound recording studio through the months of December 2010 and January 2011. Call Damon Williams at p. 936-5488 for more details.