Youth Capitol Commentary

YOUTH CAPITOL COMMENTARY is held at the State Capitol on opening day of the legislature where student video crews interview lawmakers and community members. Those interviews are then aired on our cable channels and Internet platforms.  Teachers and students who are interested in participating in Youth Capitol Commentary are encouraged to email us or contact a nearby Media Service Center.

This yes, 59 students, representing 15 schools on the island of Oʻahu, spent months researching their political interviewees and rehearsing for the big day.  On Wednesday, January 15, all of their hard work came to fruition as they got to experience a full day of food, music, comradery, and insights into our island community.

Mahalo to the following schools who participated in Youth Capitol Commentary 2020:

  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Hawaii Technology Academy
  • Hickam Elementary
  • Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao
  • Kaʻaʻawa Elementary
  • Kainalu Elementary School
  • Kapolei Charter
  • King Intermediate
  • Kipapa Elementary
  • Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue
  • Leilehua High
  • Mililani Middle
  • Nānākuli High and Intermediate
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Waipahu Intermediate

Click here to view the photos taken on opening day.

View all of the 2020 Youth Capitol Commentary programs by region below.

Kaimukī

Representative Gene Ward, Senator Brian Taniguchi, Senator Sharon Moriwaki, Representative Bertrand Kobayashi, Representative Scott Nishimoto, Senator Stanley Chang, Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say, Senator Les Ihara, Jr., Representative Dale Kobayashi, Representative Della Au Belatti, Representative Tom Brower, Nani Thompson, Rebecca Halloran – Alzheimer’s Association, Kamille Tellio – Kapolei High School, Ashley Nishihara, Honda-  Holy Spirit Parrish, Rebecca Harper – Kupu, Sean Segundo, Liza Ryan Gill – Falvors Hook Kids Hawaii, Ian Ross – Alzheimer’s Association

Kāneʻohe

Māpunapuna

Governor David Ige, Alisa Bender – Hawai’i Department of Education, Mileka Lincoln – Hawai’i News Now, Gina Hara – Pure Water & Move Red Hill Fuel Tanks, Senator Glenn Wakai, Hercules Haiku, Representative Daniel Holt, Trisha Kajimura, Craig Keha, Representative Linda Ichiyama, Joshua Ching – Logan Pau Flavors Hood Kids, Kamalahi Keliikuli – Senator Fevella’s office, Fisiipeau Drummondo, Chris Anakalta – Polynesian Adventure Tours, Sherri Dudson – Hawai’i’s Habitat For Humanity, Representative Sam Kong, Varna Nakihei, Craig Kojima – Star Advertiser, Stephen Spears – Habitat For Humanity, Senator Karl Rhoads, Naomi Manuel – Epilepsy Foundation of Hawai’i, Haiti Nasamento – Mele Custodia-Nahina Kamehameha School Concert Glee Club, Terence Bryan, Representative John Mizuno

Waipahu

Representative Ty Cullen, Richard Medeiros – CNHA(Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement), Representative Henry Aquino, Jane Au – ‘Aina Momona, Representative Gregg Takayama, HFD Deputy Fire Chief Lionel Camara Jr., Senator Michelle Kindani, Juanita Brown Kawamoto – Kalihi Palama HCC, Senator Clarence Nishihara, Siobhan Coad – Living Wage, Senator Kurt Fevella, Rona Kekauoha – CNHA, Representative Roy Takumi, Representative Rita Cabinilla Arakawa, Helen Nakano –  Be Ready Manoa, Representative Bob McDermott, Keali’i Lopez – AARP, Representative Ryan Yamanae

Nānākuli

Big Island

Senator Dru Mamo Kanuha, Branscombe Richmond, Moana Alden, Representative Richard Creagan, M.D., Representative Joy San Buenaventura, Genasis Kalawe, Senator Russell Ruderman, Representative Mark Nakashima, Shane Nelsen – Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Representative David Tarnas, Representative Richard Onishi, Jane Au – Aina Momona, Senator Kaiali`i Kahele