About Us

Our Mission

To strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media.

Our Story

In 1989, ‘Ōlelo Community Media became Oʻahu’s non-profit community Public, Education, and Government (PEG) access provider created to empower the voice of the community. Since then, ‘Ōlelo has evolved and expanded to better serve the diversity of our unique island community. Today, when you view any one of ‘Ōlelo’s four cable channels, VOD channels, or online channels, you will find unique and local stories from hundreds of dedicated community producers about our island, our people, the many cultures we share, and the issues we face.

From a small one-room office in the late 80s, we now have six media centers around the island, each designed to enable you to tell the stories that matter to you. Whether your goal is to educate, entertain, or inform, ‘Ōlelo is here to empower you to share your stories using the powerful medium of video.

‘Ōlelo provides access to media training, production facilities, and air time on our cable and online outlets to deliver non-commercial programming – without the costs and constraints of traditional television. Guided by our core values of teamwork, integrity, and aloha, we facilitate meaningful dialogue and increased participation in civic life. Our neighborhood-based Media Service Centers (MSCs) provide convenient access to our services across Oʻahu. Each MSC is committed to providing all members of the community an accessible and welcoming environment to create and distribute media. Whether you live on the Waiʻanae Coast, North Shore, Windward side or East Honolulu there is a media center near you.

‘Ōlelo also provides innovative technology, including state-of-the-art video equipment, studios, and facilities.  We broadcast community programming on high quality distribution equipment not only on cable providers here on Oʻahu, but also 24/7 on the Internet worldwide.  We encourage you to share your stories, your message, and engage with the diverse group of individuals who call Oʻahu our home.  It is through sharing of our local stories that we connect ourselves with those around the island and around the world.  When our voice thrives, so does our community.

Our Staff

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA SERVICES

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA SERVICES

Communications:

Jack Bates – Senior Advisor and Marketing Manager

Dane Neves – Communications Specialist

Evern Williams – Community Relations Specialist

Jon Wong – Production Services Specialist

Jo-Lynn Domingo – Production Services Coordinator

Scott Nordquist – Production Services Associate

Deron Kamisato – Video Editor

Training:

Wes Akamine – Senior Manager, Training

Jennifer Nakamura – Training Coordinator

Kaimukī CMC:

Kekoa Graham – Media Services Manager, Kaimukī

Brandee Lima – Media Services Associate

Kāneʻohe CMC:

Donna Ylen – Media Services Manager, Kāneʻohe

Corinne Makahilahila – Media Services Associate

Alexander Miyamoto – Media Services Associate

Māpunapuna CMC:

Ku’uipo Rossiter – Media Services Manager, Māpunapuna

Wayne Yun – Senior Media Services Associate

Edgar Sagayaga – Media Services Associate

Keoni Alvarez – Media Services Associate

Margaret “Marge” Streb – Media Services Associate

Antonette “Anne” Fontanilla – Media Services Associate

Nānākuli CMC:

Jimbo Taylor – Media Services Manager, Nānākuli

Kourtney Keohuhu – Media Services Associate

Alfred “Uncle Junior” Ekau – Media Services Associate

Wahiawā CMC:

Jonette Buza – Media Services Manager, Wahiawā

Brandyn Proctor – Media Services Associate

Filipo Tuisano – Media Services Associate

Waipahu CMC:

Neal Rivera – Media Services Manager, Waipahu

Justin Kuwamura – Senior Media Services Associate

William Nakao – Media Services Associate

 

FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES & DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS

FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES & DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS

Finance:

Pat Dukes – Controller

Alyssa Coloma – Accountant

Lee Ann Freitas – Accounting Associate

Human Resources and Developmental Projects:

Vera-Lynn Kamaka – Volunteer Program Manager

Dawn Mezurashi – Human Resource Assistant

Kapua Segool – Developmental Projects Coordinator

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Rona Shibuya – Senior Administrative Assistant

Information Technology:

Todd Yamamoto – IT/Playback Manager

Steven Cutrell – Systems Administrator

Programming:

Cherisse Ferreira – Programming Manager

Jocelyn Ota – Programmer

Anne Selby – Programmer

Playback:

Russel Cabral – Senior Playback Technician

Gabriel Killhour – Playback Technician

Milton Onna – Playback Technician

Tinkle Malama – Playback Technician

Walter Ferreira – Playback Technician

Engineering:

Jimmy Galam – Senior Broadcast Engineer

Melvin Kouchiyama – Senior Bench Technician

Robbie Omura – Technical Operations Specialist

Pacita Corpuz – Custodian

MANAGEMENT TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Sanford Inouye – President & Chief Executive Officer

Angela Angel – Chief Production Officer

Chris Lam – Chief Technology & Administration Officer

Dawne DePonte – Director of Finance & Administration

Hanalei Aipoalani – Director of Human Resources & Developmental Projects

Garrett Mueller – Director of Media Services

BOARD OF DIRECTORS