If you visit the Waipahu CMC on any random day, youʻll probably notice a kindly old Filipino man on Computer 3 engrossed in editing. When he notices you, he will surely shake your hand and loudly exclaim, “Hello my Brother/Sister!” Meet Artemio Lacar. Although he is 79 years old, Artemio is one of Waipahuʻs longest running and most prolific producers, outputting 2 separate 1-hour long series and many specials.
Artemio began his ‘Ōlelo experience in 1999 at the former media center at Leeward Community College, learning video in order to help document and spread the word of Brethren of Christ International, an Ilocano language church service.
Artemio still shoots BCI, a weekly series, every Sunday. He has also begun covering Jesus Cares Ministries’ morning and evening Tagalog language services. In addition to his Church programs, Artemio also covers and creates specials for events that occur at the Filipino Community Center under A&L productions.
Recently, Artemio’s ‘Ōlelo adventures have become a family affair. Team Lacar, as they are known by the Waipahu Staff, include Artemio, Artemioʻs wife Louisa, and his daughter, Michiko. Team Lacar cover events at Hawaii Plantation Village together and have also volunteered on many ‘Ōlelo EPs such as Kaulana O Waipahu, Leeward Music Festival, and Waipahu’s 120 Year Celebration.
Artemio’s infectious attitude will make you feel at ease. So, the next time you are in the neighborhood, my brother or my sister, come visit us at the Waipahu CMC and say “Hello” to Artemio!