Storm Water Hero Category finalists announced

The Department of Facility Maintenance (DFM) Storm Water Quality (SWQ) Division announced its Storm Water Hero category winners for the 18th Annual ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Video Contest (YXC) this week with a special awards show on ‘Ōlelo channel 53.

For a video message from Mayor Rick Blangiardi to those involved with this year’s ‘Ōlelo Youth Xchange Video Contest, please click the link below:

As a part of its You are the Solution campaign, the DFM-SWQ challenged Hawai‘i’s youth to submit up to a two-minute public service announcement video that encourages residents to pledge to perform simple tasks to help protect our local waters. 

“Congratulations to all participants and our Storm Water Hero Category winners in the 2021 Youth Xchange Video Contest,” said Roger Babcock Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Director and Chief Engineer of DFM. “These students are part of the solution and are educating the community on ways to protect Hawaii’s environment through simple efforts like putting litter in its place, sweeping our streets and gutters, and containing the rain.”

Storm Water Hero Category finalists include:


Putting Away Litter – August Ahrens Elementary

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts – August Ahrens Elementary


Be the Solution! – Moanalua Middle

The Safe Water Heroes – Niu Valley Middle

Clean Water Habits – Kaimukī Middle


It’s Our Kuleana – Kamehameha Schools – Maui

Put Aside the Pesticides – Kalāheo High

Littering is Stoppable if You are Responsible! – Moanalua High

The YXC 2021 Awards Show will re-air during these times:


5/2/2021 8:00 AM OLELO53
5/3/2021 4:30 PM OLELO53
5/4/2021 2:00 PM OLELO53


5/2/2021 9:30 AM OLELO53
5/3/2021 3:00 PM OLELO53
5/4/2021 3:30 PM OLELO53


5/2/2021 3:00 PM OLELO53
5/3/2021 1:30 PM OLELO53
5/6/2021 10:30 PM OLELO53

Youth Xchange is the only statewide youth video competition open to all ages and empowers residents to identify and bring critical community issues to the forefront through un-editorialized video content.

For more information on the video contest and a full list of finalists, visit the video contest page at To learn more about the You Are The Solution campaign, visit the DFM-SWQ website at or call (808) 768-3248.

Related posts