Malama I Ka Wai Honorable Mention
By: Kiana Wilson
Kiana Wilson a senior at Kahuku High School, has grown up on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii so it is no surprise that she chose water as the focus of her video PSA. She made the decision, not only because water was the topic that she had the most background knowledge on, but also so she could “connect it to where I live. Oahu is becoming overpopulated and maybe [with this video] I can find a way to help my own community.” Kiana had some previous knowledge of population issues as well. As a participant in policy debate last year, the topic was social welfare and she had several chances to learn about and discuss overpopulation.
The video she produced for the World of 7 Billion contest was not her first. She has participated in the media category of the National History Day contest and is also a member of her school’s film club, helping to create a video every week that is shared with her classmates. Kiana filmed all of the footage in her PSA but found it most difficult to stay within the 30 second time limit.
Kiana will graduate this May and plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall. She wants to major in political science but hopes to take a few classes on filmmaking if she can. An avid dancer, Kiana has traveled as part of the promotional team of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, HI. With her team, she has performed hula and Tahitian dance in Japan, Australia, and the U.S. mainland.