Kona students join nationwide demonstrations

  • Hilo High School students raise their hands against gun violence as they participate in National Walkout Day Wednesday on their campus in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • During a campus walk-out at Cholla High School, on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., students hold photographs of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shool shooting victims. (Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

  • Kaanoi Rivera-Kelekolio adds a message to a board during a rally at Konawaena High School on Wednesday. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — In the wake of a shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school — and later threats to their own school — a handful of students at Konawaena High School looked to their own campus for an opportunity to ensure students feel safe in their classrooms.