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L-R: Senator Mike Gabbard, Senator David Ige, Searider Digital student Schae-Leigh Nii, Searider Digital student Jacoby Cid, Digital Medial Lead Instructor Michael O’Connor, Senator Maile Shimabukuro, and Searider Productions Executive Director Candy Suiso.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. The selection of Waianae High School’s Searider Productions Digital program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful, innovative implementations of technology.


The Hawaii State Senate presented Waianae High School’s Searider Productions Digital Media Program with a Certificate of Recognition for receiving the Apple Distinguished Program designation on 4/2/13.  Front row, L-R: Sen. Gil Kahele, Sen. Ron Kouchi, Senate President Donna Mercado-Kim, Shane Nakamura (WHS Academy counselor), Kevin Matsuba (WHS Academy VP), Schae-Leigh Nii (Searider digital student), Jacoby Cid (Searider digital student), Michael O’Connor (WHS Digital Media lead instructor), Candy Suiso (Searider Productions Executive Director), Nelson Shigeta (WHS Principal), Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, Sen. Laura Thielen.  Back row, L-R: Sen. Glenn Wakai, Sen. Suzanne Chun-Oakland, Sen. David Ige, Sen. Sam Slom, Sen. Wil Espero, Sen. Russel Ruderman, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Sen. Les Ihara, Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Sen. Josh Green, Sen. Jill Tokuda, Sen. Brian Taniguchi, Sen. Donovan Delacruz, Sen. Michelle Kidani, Sen. Clarence Nishihara.  


Speech delivered by Senator Shimabukuro on 4/2/13:

Aloha and good morning!

Today I am honored to recognize Waianae High School’s Searider Productions’ Digital Program, which recently received Apple’s Distinguished Program Award.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. The selection of Searider Productions’ Digital program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful, innovative implementations of technology.

Through the implementation of Apple technology, students have been provided with innovative and highly interactive learning opportunities that focus on mastering contemporary digital media and computer technologies.

Searider Digital students are able to explore areas such as video production, internet journalism & social media, graphic arts & design, 2D & 3D computer modeling, and interactive media creation & design.
A key organizing principle is the integration of real-world work assignments into the learning experience and formal curriculum. Students have had the opportunity to work on projects for private, public and non-profit organizations.

Students have also entered various digital media contests and have been recognized nationally and locally for their work.

Although the Searider Productions program is constantly growing and incorporating new and innovative approaches to stay current, it always remains true to its original roots and its ultimate goal of preparing students for success in school, work and life. Through the implementation of innovative Apple technologies, students are able to showcase their digital media skills and are better prepared for higher education, employment and entrepreneurship in digital media-related industries.

I’d like to introduce the individuals representing the Searider Digital Program today, both on the floor and in the gallery. Please stand and be recognized when I announce your name, and I ask the audience to please hold their applause until the end of their introductions:

Michael O’Connor – Lead Instructor

Searider Digital student Jacoby Cid

Searider Digital student Schae-Leigh Nii

And, in the gallery:

Searider Digital Teachers – Na`a Makekau & Curtis Furumoto
Apple Representatives – Nani Daniels and Pete Vraspir
Searider Productions Executive Director – Candy Suiso
Wai`anae High principal – Nelson Shigeta
Academy Vice Principal – Kevin Matsuba
Academy counselor – Shane Nakamura
Leeward District CAS – Ann Mahi

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I ask my colleagues in the Hawaii State Senate and the audience to join me in applauding the teachers and students of the Waianae High School Searider Productions Digital program for their achievement in being designated as an Apple Distinguished Program.

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Art at the Capitol 2013


Art at the Capitol 2013 is scheduled for April 5, 2013 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.


The Featured artist in our Office will be Solomon Robert Nui Inos of Wai`anae. 

A link to his website can be found HERE

CLICK HERE for the Art at the Capitol Facebook Page.


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PACT Job Postings for the week of March 29, 2013

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Opening of a new Keiki Steps location at Nanaikapono El

Opening of a new Keiki Steps location at Nanaikapono El!

  • · Start date- Monday April 1, 2013
  • · Monday- Thursday
  • · 2 Friday’s a month- Educational fieldtrips and ‘Ohana Workshops
  • · Time- 8-11am
  • · Location- Nanaikapono Elementary Cafeteria

Anyone interested in registration or form more information- please contact our office- 620-9043.


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4th Annual “Hana Like Kakou” Fundraiser for US VETS Wai`anae Homeless Shelter (4/20/13)

Fourth Annual Hana Like Kakou

“Many Hands Working Together”

You are cordially invited to attend a fundraising dinner on …

Saturday the 20th of April 2013

from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki

Please join us as we share stories of lives mended together, much like the intricate process utilized by a lauhala weaver

We cordially invite your sponsorship to support local homeless individuals, couples, and family households, both veteran and non-veteran,

by participating inthis worthwhile event presented by the staff of

U.S.VETS Waianae, Pai’olu Kaiaulu

Master of Ceremonies: Captain Paul Stewart from 107.9’s Cool Radio

Color Guard: National Anthem and Hawaii Pono’i by Ginai

withmusical stylings by Tihati Productions

Update by Mr. Darryl J. Vincent, Chief Operating Officer for U.S.VETS

Keynote Speaker:Senator Brickwood Galuteria

Client Success Stories

Silent Auction featuring items by local artisans

For tickets, donation and sponsorship information,

please contact Ms. Rita Martin or Ikaika Pu’u at 808-664-1400.

It would be an honor to have you attend.

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