Kawika Pegram is a junior at Waipahu High School on Oahu and a youth organizer for the Climate Strike movement. Pegram is one of more than 60 student leaders who have stepped up to lead climate strikes in cities and towns across the country this past March as part of a global school strike for climate action modeled after the example of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. He was inspired to become a leader for climate action after East Island, a small and unpopulated island in the French Frigate Shoals, was swallowed up by the sea after a hurricane last fall. He has forged contacts with the Hawaii chapters of organizations like 350.org and the Sierra Club, as well as progressive political groups like Our Revolution and The Progressive Movement of Hawaii. Pegram's role in the movement involves creating messaging, working directly with student government groups across Hawaii to get youth on board, and gathering support from elected officials like Senator Mazie Hirono.