The Youth Speaks HI "2nd Saturday's" Poetry Slam & Open Mic is held on the second Saturday of each month, at The Arts at Marks Garage (1159 Nu'uanu Ave.) This show brings together youth spoken word artists from across the island to compete and share their voices. The Pacific Tongues' Culture Keepers preside over the action, which starts at 3pm and is free and open to all ages.
Featuring Sterling Higa
Sterling Higa is a spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, and competitive debater. He has represented Hawai'i at nine national slam poetry competitions at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels. He was the HawaiiSlam state champion in 2010, and the first poet to represent Hawai’i at both youth and adult competition in a single summer. He has performed and facilitated workshops across the country and at dozens of Hawai’i schools. Currently he coaches debate at Punahou School and is Program Director for local literacy non-profit Youth Speaks Hawai’i. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communicology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.