74. Communications, Deadlines and Teamwork, with Kevin Matsunaga

Speaking of a thousand points of light, my guest today is Kevin Matsunaga, someone I have wanted on this show for a long, long time. He is one of my superheroes and a total inspiration. Kevin never imagined he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a teacher. He found his calling as the digital media teacher at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on the island of Kauaʻi, and his students have won many national video competitions. In 2007, the Hawai’i Department of Education recognized Kevin with a Kauaʻi District Teacher of the Year award. The impact he has had on kids in our public schools since 2007 is simply…staggering. Kevin is always looking for ways to improve the things he’s doing in his class and his teaching practice, and that involves a lot of extra time. Despite the long hours he puts in, Kevin returns year after year because he sees how much his teaching, guiding, coaching and mentoring means to those under his tutelage. During this 2020-2022 COVID-19 pandemic, Kevin’s advanced media level two class has continued to produce its morning announcement show each school day. The students all have equipment at home they can use, or they are using their cell phones or personal cameras to record themselves. Some of his students have even started a podcast during this pandemic. You can listen to “The Couch Pueo Podcast” by clicking on the link near the bottom of this blog. From Kevin’s resume we learn in detail: Webmaster for school’s website: Responsible for the school’s Google Domain: Head of FOLF group and technology cadre, 2004-2006: Member of Crisis Team, 2000-2014. Program Coordinator for Boys and Girls Club Media Program, 2010- 2012: Member of statewide Creative Media Team responsible for training students on all islands in media production, 2008-present: Original Steering Committee Member for PBS Hawaii’s Hiki Nō program, 2009-present: CTE Department Head, 2015-present: Member of Student Television Network’s National Board of Directors, 2013-present: Member of Hawaii Creative Media Team, responsible for training of all Hiki No schools in the state, 2012-present: Member of Hope Street Group Kauaʻi and co-organizer of Kauai’s inaugural ECET2 Kauaʻi Convening, 2017-2019: Member of PBS Hawaii’s Board of Directors, July 2021-present: Member of the Kauaʻi Historical Society’s Board of Directors, July 2021-Present. Kevin’s formal educationUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, August 1987 – December 1992, Bachelor of Education degree in elementary education with an emphasis in language arts: Professional Diploma in elementary education, December 1992. My editor and creative consultant is Evan Kurohara. Theme music is provided by my friend of 40 years, Michael Sloan. You can find his music, 12 albums and over 100 songs in Spotify, Apple Music and all the other major music platforms. Please stay safe and healthy, listeners, and please get vaccinated. A hui hou, and take care. 

Show links:

  1. Lihue Loop
  2. Aloha Atanta Film
  3. CKTV Media Productions
  4. Kauai Grown
  5. Friday Night Lights Film
  6. Hiki Nō 10th Anniversary Film
  7. Hawaiʻi Creative Media
  8. Long Story Short – Kevin Matsunaga
  9. The Couch Pueo Podcast
Episode Theme Music: Michael Sloan
Episode Editor and Creative Consultant: Evan Kurohara