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In Hawai'i, Young Storytellers Document the Lives of Their Elders

Through a Smithsonian program, students filmed a climactic moment in the protests over the building of a controversial observatory


Our Stories students gather at Maunakea with kūpuna Calvin Hoe (center). (Kālewa Correa)

On a cool winter evening in early January, 19-year-old Millie Leong turned her camera to the inky black sky stretching over the peak of Maunakea.

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the roads of the rain-lashed Hawaiian mountain were glazed with ice. But Leong and her peers-all bundled in thick coats and multiple layers of long-sleeved shirts and socks-paid the cold little mind, turning instead to the stars and clouds peppering the scenery above them. It was Leong's first time handling a night lens, and she was eager to explore.


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