He helped launch Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School’s pupil early morning announcements present and digital media program.
Media & Yearbook Instructor, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle Faculty
In his 21 a long time at Chiefess Kamakahelei Center University, Kevin Matsunaga has taught over a thousand learners how to use cameras and enhancing computer software, and how to perform interviews and tell stories.
He emphasizes that the electronic media plan also teaches learners crucial everyday living expertise, like how to get the job done in teams, meet deadlines, communicate correctly and fix complications.
“Our objective has in no way been to produce that next Spielberg,” he says. “It’s always been to just give them opportunities that they would never ever have had in a normal classroom.”
Matsunaga commenced his instructing career on O‘ahu prior to relocating household in 2000 to support open up the Līhu‘e faculty and begin a college student morning announcements display. He was named Kaua‘i District Instructor of the Calendar year in 2007 and was an initial steering committee member for PBS Hawai‘i’s Hiki Nō scholar information community. His college students have received several national and community video clip competitions and go on to participate in Hiki Nō.
His instructing vocation was formed by Sweet Suiso, who co-started Wai‘anae Higher School’s Searider Productions software, and John Allen III, the program’s movie advisor and functions manager. Matsunaga attended media training at Wai‘anae High after he was employed at Chiefess Kamakahelei. A binder filled with handouts from that training effectively became the textbook for his plan.
“Even although we compete with one particular yet another at the Scholar Television Community or distinctive competitions, the neat factor about it is that we’re all even now aiding every single other out and we’re still sharing all of our lessons,” he states.
He provides that he would not be able to do his get the job done with no the help of his spouse and children, students and their family members, the school’s administration and his fellow lecturers. “When you communicate about how the discovering of a youngster is a local community energy, there is no greater case in point than what we have in this article on Kaua‘i,” he states.
Matsunaga serves on the boards of PBS Hawai‘i, the Kaua‘i Historic Culture and the nationwide Student Television Network. He’s also part of Hawai‘i Innovative Media, a group of lecturers who offer electronic media education.
Allen suggests Matsunaga is a visionary who has touched quite a few lives and inspires these around him to do their ideal. “He’s the de facto leader of all of us alpha folks who operate our individual media applications,” Allen states.
“At the finish of the day Kevin is just an astounding male.”