HIKI NŌ Focus on Compassion: Kūpuna | Program

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other 21st-Century skills though HIKI NŌ [MUSIC] Aloha, and welcome to the first of four special
HIKI NŌ episodes focusing on compassion. I’m Crystal
Cebedo, a 2016 HIKI NŌ and Wai’anae High School graduate. I’m currently attending Menlo College in
Atherton, California, where I am double-majoring in marketing and human resources. Having been a
HIKI NŌ student through middle and high school, I have learned to keep an open mind and an
open heart when looking for a story. Because PBS Hawai’i does not assign topics
to us, a diverse group of stories emerges, each one unique. When we look back at the HIKI NŌ archives,
we see that there are some topics that students tend to gravitate towards. In this Focus on Compassion episode, the topic
is kupuna, or elders. Whether it’s the compassion we feel towards
our elders, or the compassion they show us, it is
clear that HIKI NŌ students have an appreciation and love for our kupuna. Our first story focuses on a compassionate
group of former global leaders called The Elders, and the
wisdom they imparted on Hawai’i’s youth and young adults. From HIKI NŌ students at Āliamanu
Middle School on O’ahu, here is Elders-Student Talk. [HELICOPTER] War, political strife, human rights, famine. Society faces conflicts and issues that seem
too difficult to resolve. Where will the next generation turn to for
answers? With their experience, and their profound
commitment to building a better world, let us call them Global
Elders. In 2007, Nelson Mandela put together a group
called The Elders. The mission that these former global
leaders have is to empower people to find solutions to these problems. The Hawai’i Community Foundation, through
the Pillars of Peace Hawai’i initiative, organized a student
talk session between The Elders and student leaders from high schools and colleges from
around Hawai’i. I kind of want to, like, expand my learning. Like, our school said it’s a good thing to
go through. This is
my first time coming, so I’m not really sure what to expect. Well, hopefully, it’ll show us more insight
on, like, leadership and what’s going on in the world right, the
global events. The Elders featured at the event included
Gro Harlem Bruntland, Hina Jilani, and Archbishop Desmond
Tutu. For over an hour, they talked about how they
were inspired to make a change in their homeland, and how today’s youth can make a difference. For me, it’s interesting to come here and
to observe your experiences, and to see the cultural diversity,
and you know, your belief in aloha and the thing that you are here, as you said, a melting
pot of people with very different backgrounds. I think we would hope that young people will
be inspired to go on going on, even when they face
opposition, and they will have helped to shape the world so that we did not spend so much
money on arms and on instruments of destruction. I do believe that women themselves have become
very strong now. There is a strong global women’s
rights movement which is having its impact not just on the rights of women, but making
for a better society and a better world community. The Elders’ message seemed clear to those
in attendance. [INDISTINCT] [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] I liked how everybody talked with a passion. They all had like a passion, and they all
really wanted to reach out. They all really wanted to help, they really
wanted to make a difference. I really enjoy coming to events like this,
where I get to meet a lot of different students from other schools,
and we all have the similar desire to learn about other people and their lives, and build
a really great global perspective. You know, eventually, I hope to change the
world. You know, make something of my life that,
I’ve been allowed to be here, and just want to do something
with that. So, yeah, I hope to do that someday. As they exited the stage, The Elders appeared
confident that this generation of leaders will be ready to
take on the issues that we face in the world today. From Āliamanu Middle School, I’m Alexandria
Ommanney for HIKI NŌ. Our next story tells the tale of a 101-year-old
man who shows us that age is just a number when you’re
surrounded by the things and people you love most. From Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on
Kaua’i, here is Papa Fu. [LAUGHTER] Have you ever met someone who was born over
a century ago? Well, meet Charles Kwai Chung Fu, or
more commonly known as Papa Fu. Where were you born? I was born in Wailua, Kaua’i. I was born 1913. 1913, let’s see. How old does that make Papa Fu today? Hundred and one. With years of experience, what is the key
to long life according to Papa Fu? Keep working, I say. I supposed to keep working. I worked on the ranch. Early in the morning, I milk
cows, I milk all six, eight, twelve cows. Four of us cowboys. I worked for the Princeville Plantation on
the ranch, and then I worked for the county. And then I worked for the CCC, that’s government. We
worked on different parts of the island. We planted trees all around in Kalalau Valley. With a resume as long as his lineage, Papa
Fu worked up until he was a hundred years for his family
restaurant in mining salt at salt ponds. In the wintertime, it gets flooded. It’s flooded, and we have to wait ’til the
summer comes. And then
when it’s dry, then we start work on the salt pans, prepare the ground, and make the beds. Others have their opinion about what they
think Papa Fu’s secret to long life is. What do I think? His good attitude of life. A lot has to do with just being around family. I think a lot of it is just being happy. He doesn’t seem to
stress out about life. Papa Fu has several hobbies that have kept
him young over the years. I like to fish. [CHUCKLE] I like to go out boat ride. Yes, I play harmonica. We have a club; there are
about eight of us, and we all have harmonicas and we play only the regular church songs. [HARMONICA] At a hundred and one years young, Papa Fu
is still living strong. This is Kaden Keep from Chiefess
Kamakahelei Middle School, for HIKI NŌ. [HARMONICA] After a long and fruitful life, Papa Fu passed
away between the time this story first aired and now. He
lived to be 102 years old. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Our next story can be easily summed up as,
You reap what you sow. We see how one farmer benefits
from staying true to his roots by sticking with what he does best: caring for the land. From students at
Kapa’a Middle School on Kaua’i, here is Taro Farmer. Even if it rains, I still work eight hours
a day. I am good at my age of ninety-eight. At ninety-eight years old, Mr. Kinichi Ishikawa
spends his days loving and caring for the taro fields on
Kauai’s north shore. I’m just a plain farmer, working eight hours
a day and until now, I haven’t changed too much. For Mr. Ishikawa, farming isn’t just a job,
it’s a lifelong passion, and a longtime home. He’s been
providing for himself and others on Waikoko Farm since he was a boy. I’ve been living all by myself since I was
fourteen years old. I never depended on anybody. I did
everything on my own, make a living. Mr. Ishikawa’s agricultural knowledge and
nurturing character greatly influences those around him,
including the farm’s owners. He has taught me how to cook taro his way,
which is by boiling it a long time, all day. He has taught me
how to pull taro. He’s taught me how to weed taro patches. He has taught me how to open a jabong with
a sharp knife. Mr. Ishikawa took a break from farming to
serve in the 442nd Battalion during World War II. But he
eventually returned to Hanalei and his love of agriculture. That love endured through the decades, even
as his hometown transformed with an influx of development and technology. Most companies, they hire all the educated
people, more than just the high school graduates. In my case,
I just went to grammar school, that’s all. I never went to high school. Despite a lack of formal education, Mr. Ishikawa
stays true to the values and lessons cultivated from life
on the farm. He’s taught me about long-term planning. The decisions that I make today don’t just
impact what happens tomorrow, but it impacts a week from
now, a year from now, and twenty years from now. And I
always feel like when I’m around Kinichi, I always leave enriched, and I always leave
with more than I came. Family always comes first, family is most
important. And hard work is good for you, and will make
you live longer. Humble and hardworking, Mr. Ishikawa says
he’ll continue to care for the land and the people around
him, no matter what. The branch is facing that way, so you have
to pull it away from the branch. M-hm. This one is fresh. Thank you. This is Ella Beck from Kapa’a Middle School,
for HIKI NŌ. Asking callers to identify themselves before
handing out personal information can be the difference
between a safe monetary exchange and a dangerous one. In our next story, compassionate students
at Kainalu Elementary School on O’ahu help spread
awareness of how easily a grandmother’s trust can be
taken advantage of. The elderly are being scammed at $2.6 billion
per year due to financial fraud and abuse. Here’s a story of
what happened to a Kainalu student’s great-grandmother. My great-grandmother got a call from someone,
and she said, Hello, is this Chris? Because I think she
was expecting a call from Chris. And the person on the other side of the phone
said, Yes, this is Chris. I’m in Mexico and I need some money, because
I’m in trouble. And he needed two thousand dollars. And so, she gave him two thousand dollars. And then, next time the person called again,
and he needed three thousand dollars this time. And so, she wired him three thousand dollars. She answered the phone and just said, Hello. And the caller said: Hello, Grandmother. And she said,
You mean, Granny. So, she gave her name away. Granny is her affectionate name for all of
us that call her Granny. And then, she said, Is this my grandson? And the caller said, Yes. And she said, Is this
Christopher? And the caller said, Yes, this is Christopher. So, in a few minutes, she gave away her
personal name, and also, she gave the caller an understanding of who his name was. Unfortunately, I hear that story all the time. That’s one of the things we’re talking about,
how many scan artists there are. They do it over, and over, and over again. That’s actually a very popular scam. It’s not
that your great-grandmother was stupid or dumb, or anything like that. It’s just that she loves her family
very much, and she doesn’t want to see any harm come to any family member. That’s why she was so
willing to give the money. We did a PSA about how my great-grandmother
got scammed. We hope that our PSA will help people so
they are more cautious about giving out personal information. A lot of the people that are being scammed
do not realize they are being scammed. Because a lot of these
conmen, they’re very good with their words, they’re very good with the story, they’re
very good with manipulating people. And so, that’s one reason why they’re able
to get away with it. My advice to other seniors is to ask who it
is first, before saying who it is. And don’t give out your bank
account number or any personal information, or else the scammers might try to take the
money. If you feel you’ve been a victim of a scam,
be sure to report it to the police or the City Prosecutor’s Office
for Elder Abuse Justice Unit. I’m Colton and I’m Connor reporting for HIKI
NŌ, from Kainalu Elementary School. Our next story comes to us from students at
Wai’anae High School on O’ahu, who show us one family’s
ability to deal with their grandmother’s condition, and how it requires everyone’s collective
effort. Their
daily struggle is a reminder that even in the most frustrating situations, their sense
of duty to one another is one they won’t forget. I just think about, like, oh, what if she
tries to make breakfast and she leaves the stove on, and the house
burns down. [MUSIC] Or she overdoses, and she can’t get to a phone,
and she’s paralyzed on the ground. [BUSY SIGNAL/MUSIC] Send the check to 87-147 St. John’s Road. Hey, you remember our address! It’s a small victory for Edith Domingo. Where are you going? That’s not your room. In a battle that she’s losing every day. At first, it was funny, ’cause all the repeating,
we would just laugh and tease. But then … kinda gets on
your nerves after a while. Why are you stealing my … Edith is always up to something. What do you usually do when we’re not home? Watch TV, and I eat, and I eat. And I read, and I read. And she laughs, and she laughs. Go away. [LAUGHTER] But the one thing she can’t do … What did you eat at the Spaghetti Factory? Is remember. Edith is one of five million people in the
United States with dementia, a disease which causes a gradual
loss of brain function. So, even remembering her favorite grandchild
isn’t always easy to swallow. Grandma, you took your pills? Reminding her doesn’t always get an answer. But the Domingos can still see the effect
dementia is having on her. I don’t remember. It’s a really difficult situation for families
when they have loved ones that have dementia. And even the
individual may not realize, you know, that they are not able to do as much as they used
to do. I think she gets frustrated. And some of it, she gets scared. She frowns a lot nowadays, she just frowns. This fear and frustration has caused Edith
to hurt those closest to her. She would just want to … just fight and
argue with Brina, yeah? I think she punched her a couple of
times. It was that bad. But no matter how bad it’s gotten, Brina has
always been by her grandmother’s side. I’m your favorite, yeah, Grandma? With open arms, and more than one way to solve
a problem. You’re constantly repeating yourself, and
it gets so draining and so exhausting that you just want to write
it on a Post-It and stick it on her forehead. But you can’t. Single scoop in a cake cone. The Domingos are known for their creative
solutions. You want Cherries Jubilee, you said already. Which are helpful when trying to ensure that
Edith is in good hands. I try to juggle time at home between schoolwork
and helping Grandma. I love her. She took care of me
when I was growing up, so now, the roles are reversed. It freaks me out sometimes. I would like to have someone home all the
time to watch her, but can’t have that, so we just hope. We hope and we pray. And … Clam spaghetti. Clam sauce. They help her win as many of these small battles
as they possibly can. She’s my mommy. [CHUCKLE] She’s my mom. Gotta take care, yeah? She’s family, yeah? This is Tressa Hoppe from Wai’anae High School,
reporting for HIKI NŌ. When it comes to the people we care most about,
we want to ensure there’s safety and happiness. That
also seems to be the mission at Maui Adult Daycare, where the staff’s attention, assistance
and affection helps their elders thrive. From the students of Maui Waena Intermediate
School on Maui, here is Maui Senior Daycare. And up, down. Seven days a week, Walter and Betty Cravalho
spend their days at the Maui Adult Daycare Center. They’ve been married for sixty-two years,
and even though their memories and hearing aren’t what they
used to be, their lives are still filled with love and joy because of their friends and
staff at the adult daycare. [INDISTINCT] We give them the attention that they need. We give them the personal care that they need
for themselves. I mean, we help them and we take good care
of them. [INDISTINCT] Well, the sad part is, their children are
working and there’s no one to care for them. So, being at Maui
Adult Daycare, we provide the loving, caring nurturing that they need here. Wash the windows. Wash the windows, everybody. [CHUCKLE] Not only are Walter and Betty Cravalho living
a healthy life, it helps their daughter, Gerri Nakamura, live
hers. It’s good to know that we have somewhere for
them to go every day. ‘Cause I work and my sister has
other things going on. It’s a safe place for them, and they have
a lot of activities, so it keeps them active and happy. And everyone is caring and attentive to them,
so it’s a good environment for them. [SINGING] Gerri Nakamura isn’t the only one who thinks
this. As of 2013, there were 44.7 million people
over sixty-five years of age in the United States. By 2016, there will be 98 million. Along with the increase in
the number of aging, and the problems associated with aging, over five million of our seniors
suffer from Alzheimer’s, and many others are just physically
or mentally not able to take care of themselves every
day. This puts a burden on families, and creates
a demand for quality senior care. [SINGING] Because we have a huge aging population, we’re
at the very beginning of the Baby Boomer era, and as
that goes on, our aged population is gonna be much, much larger. And so, it’ll be more important than
ever to have a daycare setting for both the kupuna and for their caregivers. This is Alyson Kar from Maui Waena Intermediate
School, for HIKI NŌ. And we get kissing from Betty. Yeah, Betty? In our final story, Hilo High School student
Lolly Higa faces an irreversible loss, one that changed her life
forever. Overcoming an obstacle of this magnitude wasn’t
easy, but she does it all with the love and care
from her compassionate grandparents. From Hilo High School on the Big Island, here
is Losing a Parent. Lolly is a typical high school student. She hangs out with friends, plays sports and
has a boyfriend. But
after school, instead of going home to her parents, she goes home to her grandparents. Preschool was when I started living with my
grandparents. They never really told me, like, straight-up
why I was raised by them. Kinda took the hint that it’s because my parents
were really young when they had me. Like, my mom was sixteen and my dad was eighteen,
and you know, teenagers. She gives us very little problems. You know. Right now. She seems to just get it, what she is supposed
to be doing without us hammering it home. You know, and
her grades are showing that she’s doing pretty well in school. With her, it’s actually not a real problem. It’s pretty easy. At an early age, Lolly had lived with her
grandparents along with her father for a couple of years. However, a sudden change had occurred, and
Lolly was separated from her parents. Despite this, Lolly
was able to keep a strong relationship with her mother. We were really close. She was like a big sister, which was my mom. ‘Cause everyone would get us like
confused. They’d think she’s my sister in the store
or something like that. I’m like, No, she’s my mom. Although Lolly maintained a strong relationship
with her mother, there was always a lingering problem. She was born with a heart problem. She had surgery, I think a couple of times,
and she was supposed to go in January for surgery. She didn’t want to go, because she wanted
to spend time with her family. She
was afraid that if she went, something would happen. They called me, and they told me that my mom
was in the hospital. They gave her oxygen, and she
couldn’t really breathe. Like, she was hyperventilating and stuff like
that. They … they kept her on the machine, that
machine that you put down the throat. And so, it was on for
about a week. Actually, our family was like, trying to wake
her up, ’cause she was also in like a coma. And so, we were
trying, and trying, and then … it happened. Despite this tragic loss, Lolly continued
to grow and thrive. But she couldn’t have done this without her
grandparents’ love and support. She has something in her, too, that … makes
her special. She’s still coming along. You know, she’s not
a finished product yet. None of us are. Ultimately, we want her to have a good life. M-hm. And we think, I mean … you gotta have a
good foundation for a good life. Life throws many obstacles at us, and we are
able to overcome them with the help of people close to us. For Lolly, she went through something very
few kids go through, but with the help of her grandparents,
she is able to reach her goals and develop the building blocks to living an unbelievable
life. This is Aliesa
Kaneshiro reporting from Hilo High, for HIKI NŌ. Well, we’ve come to the end of the first of
four special HIKI NŌ episodes, Focus on Compassion. It’s no
question that HIKI NŌ students care for and have a deep appreciation for our kupuna. The lessons,
values and experiences they have passed on to the next generation have been, and will
be, invaluable pieces of wisdom for the road ahead. Stay tuned for our segment next week, where
our HIKI NŌ students focus on the parent and child relationship. Until then, this is Crystal Cebedo for HIKI
NŌ. A hui hou. [END]
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