x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Resilient Roots

This event occurred on
April 14, 2024
Makawao, Hawaii
United States

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Seabury Hall - Creative Arts Center
480 Olinda Road
Makawao, Hawaii, 96768
United States
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Aurora Zoeteway

9th Grade at Seabury Hall
Aurora is a freshman in Seabury Hall who loves the fall musical, paddling, track, writing, and hanging out with her friends. She’s interested in both science and literature, and she decided to join TEDx because she loves to learn and talk to people about important lessons and matters of the world. Through her speech about the meaningful life lessons that can be learned from stress and adversity, she hopes to inspire others to be resilient and to look at stress and adversity in their life as something worth learning from, not something to be avoided.

Chelsea Hedquist

7th Grade at Seabury Hall
Chelsea is in 7th grade at seabury hall, and loves horse back riding, chorus, reading, and acting. Her favorite subject is English, and he is involved in TEDx because she loves learning about all the things that people have to share. Through her speech about techniques to deal with loss and anxiety, Chelsea hopes to help others continue to grow and thrive even after the loss of a loved one.

Gianina Salzer

12th Grade at Seabury Hall
Gianina Salzer is a senior at Seabury Hall and always enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling and choreographing dances. Her favorite hobbies are dance and theater and her favorite subject is science. Gianina joined TEDx because she appreciates the ability of expressing oneself through public speaking to share a new perspective to an audience. Through her journey with theater she would like to encourage others to remember the people who love them and use this to power through times of self doubt.

James Notarangelo

11th Grade at Seabury Hall
James Notarangelo is a junior at Seabury Hall and plays soccer every day, aspiring to play at a collegiate level and beyond, to take his game to the highest level possible. After undergoing 4 surgeries and being out of the sport for around 19 months now, he is beginning to train and navigate the obstacles that await him. James is involved in TEDx because he believes it is the perfect platform to share one’s acquired knowledge with an audience, allowing them to benefit from the lessons learned without having to directly go through the hardships. Through his speech about becoming comfortable in uncomfortable situations, James hopes others embrace the inevitable difficulties of life and strive to become their best possible self.

Kamalei Pahukula

12th Grade at Kamehameha Schools Maui
Julia Kamalei Pahukula is a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui. Kamalei is a servant leader at her school serving as the ASKS Historian, Kahu ʻŌpio, and Captain of the Paddling Team. She is a passionate and active Native Hawaiian motivated in hula, paddling, and speaking Hawaiian. Next year, she will be leaving Hawaiʻi for college to major in Anthropology and minor in Political science with a goal to become a lawyer to come back and serve the lāhui. Kamalei is an outgoing and dedicated student who is excited to share her research and stories at TEDxYouth@SeaburyHall.

Makaela Cooper

9th Grade at Seabury Hall
Makaela is a freshman at Seabury hall and loves anything to do with being onstage. Whether it be dancing, chorus, acting, presenting, or messing around. She also loves baking, cooking, spending time with friends, and sports. Her favorite subject is English, specifically poetry. She is involved in Tedx because it has been very inspirational to her and being onstage and speaking/presenting are some of her many strong passions. Makaela hopes to spread a message about how important your role is in each community.

Malia Cole

6th Grade at Seabury Hall
Malia is in sixth grade at Seabury Hall and loves to surf, be outside, play sports, and hang out with friends. Her favorite subject is English and she is involved in TEDx because she wants to help out others in similar situations and let them know that they’re not alone. Through her speech about learning to be resilient when tragedy occurs, she hopes to remind others that sadness fades and happiness returns.

Max McManus

12th Grade at Seabury Hall
Max McManus is a senior at Seabury Hall who spends his time practicing Irish and Spanish when he isn’t planning activities for his GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance) club or writing stories and plays. Besides Spanish his other favorite subject is history, two themes that prominently focused in his speech as well as his daily life. This is his second year speaking in TEDx having spoke last year on the importance of an LGBTQ inclusive education in American school curriculums. He finds TEDx to be an important way to speak his truth and educate others on the things he has learned through his personal experiences, since each one of us lives a different life meaning we have to tell others what they don’t have the opportunity to learn on their own.

Moss Kuon

8th Grade at Kamehameha Schools Maui
Moss (he/they) is an eighth grader at Kamehameha Schools Maui. As a queer and neurodiverse student, he enjoys expressing himself through writing poetry, singing, and drawing. In his free time, he loves to swim, crochet, dance, read, learn ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, and relax with his cat, Bentley. He found TEDx as a way to aid his community. By sharing his personal experience, Moss wants to give voice to how people can find resilience and themselves through creativity.

Organizing team


Makawao, HI, United States


Olinda, HI, United States
  • Caitlyn Smith-Ryland
  • Lynn Powers
  • Sydney Rebugio