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Bottles 4 College


Meet Genshu Price. He has been enrolled in Kāneʻohe’s JAM program since it began in the summer of 2019 and has completed several video projects including the one featured in this Hawaii News Now story. Not only is Genshu an avid videographer, he is also the developer of Bottles 4 College, a campaign for collecting recyclable bottles and cans to fund other local kids’ college tuitions.

He also just completed another PSA about COVID-19. We are so happy to see the impact he is making in his community, and are pleased to have him with us in the program. Having been in touch with Alex Miyamoto of the Kāneʻohe Media Service Center’s , Genshu says he canʻt wait to get back to making more videos this fall.

Congrats to Genshu and all his accomplishments!

    

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Since 2017, Island Focus, ‘Ōlelo Community Mediaʻs monthly half-hour signature series, has featured exclusive interviews with leaders of our government, business, education, and community sectors to talk about their passions, what’s new, and what impact they’ve made in the community. Part of this series’ charm is that each episode was shot on-location at one of Oʻahu’s many notable locales including the Bishop Museum, Pearl Harbor, Aloha Stadium, the Waikīkī Shell, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

When the pandemic hit, all Island Focus on-location productions were halted, forcing the show to transition to a virtual format. “Can we really STILL do this?” Show host Lyla Berg was “impressed with the creativity, resilience, and dedicated energy of the crew to continue producing first-class quality shows – despite personal angst, professional uncertainty, and new health regulations within the industry.”

However, not much changed inherently for the production team. Each episode, recorded in our Studio 1122 control room, was pre-produced weeks in advance, tested and re-tested prior to the taping. “The main difference for us was logistic, with a shift from in-person setups to making the best of technology and remote setups,” Production Services Manager Kekoa Graham reflects. “But the actual fundamentals that govern any production still stood, just with more PPE and social distancing added to the mix.”

Pictured on the right: Media Services Associate Alex Miyamoto directs host Lyla Berg and a guest on framing up their virtual shots in the studio control room. Pictured below: Lyla Berg, from her home in Honolulu, and Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim, from his office in Hilo, come together in the studio control room. 

Our crew quickly began to realize technical headaches that came with the rapid adoption of videoconferencing tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. This included shoddy signal connectivity, unexpected power outages, and lack of hardware available to the guests, who were being interviewed in their homes or their offices. However, without the WOW factor of the locales, ʻŌlelo’s Chief Production Officer Angela Angel saw this as an opportunity to engage with guests in ways beyond the usual scope.  “What was great about going virtual was that no matter who we asked, they were usually available to make it; no travel time,” Angela states. “We were also able to capture folks from the neighbor islands and even one person on the mainland.”

The virtual aspect of the show also gave Jo-Lynn Domingo, ʻŌlelo’s Production Coordinator, flexibility in organizing everything. Jo-Lynn’s responsibilities include reaching out to and scheduling all of the guests as well as managing location permits and staff accommodations. One particular episode featured interviews with the mayors of all 4 counties of Hawaiʻi, which was scheduled for and recorded over a two-day period. Such a feat would not be possible had this been a location shoot requiring the guests to physically be present on site during the course of a day.

Alas, the virtual format would not have benefited Island Focus in the long run. As the City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaiʻi eased lockdown restrictions to the point where it was safe to shoot on location once again, the production team regrouped and set out to bring Island Focus back to form.

The first shoot back on location was on the campus of Leeward Community College in June of 2021. Naturally, there were still some concerns from the crew about COVID spread. Angela Angel affirms, “Safety is always priority 1 and the crew take extreme measures to keep each other and guests safe.”

For Lyla, the biggest challenge being back on location was adhering to the taping time schedule. After a year of separation, “all of us on the crew wanted to reconnect with one another, chat eye-to-eye, and catch up on the last year of no hugs or interpersonal conversation! With everyone fully vaccinated, including the guests, there was a little more ‘calm’ to be in closer proximity with one another.”

Pictured on the right: Production Services Manager Kekoa Graham sets up one of three cameras shooting the interviews.

So how will Island Focus be different going forward?

For starters, guests get to speak for a longer period of time. Previously, each episode, clocking in at 30-minutes, featured up to 5 guests who were given only a 5-minute conversation with Lyla. Now, each episode features 3 guests that fit into a clearly defined theme as dictated by the location of the month. From the footage captured at each location, 2 episodes will be produced. The episodes will also include “walk-and-talk” segments where a representative of the featured location takes a stroll through the facilities with Lyla, shedding light on the site’s history.

Pictured above: With two cameras locked down on tripods and one camera on a remote-controlled slider, the production crew performs their final video and audio tests before the first guest arrives. 

As Lyla Berg reflects, “While the vision and mission of Island Focus remain consistent, the new format now enables us to expand the initial objectives AND provide a truly contemporary service to the viewing audience.”

“In the end, we are mindful and humbled in how lucky we were to all keep our jobs during 2020,” as stated by Kekoa Graham, “and we are all eager to get back to a safe place where we can continue to provide quality content and ‘make pretty pictures’.”

80+ episodes deep and still going strong, Island Focus continues to capture the stories of our community leaders. Island Focus premieres on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53, first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm, and Sundays at 4:30pm. You can also find Island Focus on ‘Ōlelo VOD Channel 52, ‘ŌleloNet and YouTube.

Pictured above from left to right: Hair and makeup artist Chris Jose preps host Lyla Berg. Production Services Associate Scott Nordquist “slates” the video with camera-ready Lyla and guest Senator Michelle Kidani. Senior Video Editor Deron Kamisato and Chief Production Officer Angela Angel record Lyla and LCC Dean of Arts & Sciences James Goodman’s walk-and-talk segment of the episode. 

Written by Dane Neves. Photography by Ed Tsang and Dane Neves

In honor of the newly recognized federal and state holiday, Saturday June 19, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, ‘Ōlelo’s offices will be CLOSED on MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience the late notice may have caused.

Since April 2021, ‘Ōlelo staff members have been working with students from Project Search to create PSAs as part of our JAM (Junior Academy for Media) program. Project Search is a year-long, fully immersive vocational internship program for students with special needs. As part of Project Search training, interns are placed in participating businesses to help develop their vocational, social and communication skills. The goal is to help prepare the students for successful entry into the workforce, while in turn developing relationships with local businesses.

Within that curriculum, ‘Ōlelo had the honor of training the students to give voice and vibrancy to their creativity in the service of creating COVID-related PSAs. Check out their efforts now playing on the channels!

Hoʻomaikaiʻi to each of the students for graduating from the Project Search program: James, Skylar, Justice, Keahi, Jhobel and Kay Lien!

For more information visit the Project Search website: www.projectsearch.us

On Saturday, May 15, ʻŌlelo exhibited a true sense of normalcy as our first major on-location Electronic Field Production (EFP) van shoot took place. The event was an in-season track meet with the following participating Oʻahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) high schools: Farrington, Kailua, Kaimukī, Kalaheo, McKinley, and Moanalua.

A total of 24 crew members participating in the production included 13 students from ʻŌlelo’s Junior Academy for Media (JAM) program serving as camera operators and one shadowing director. 5 volunteer community members assisted the 6 ʻŌlelo staff in mentoring the students on camera setup, operation, and breaking down.

Neal Rivera, the manager of the Waipahu and Wahiawā Media Service Centers who oversaw the personnel aspect of the production, was stoked to be out in the field again. “It felt good to stretch our video legs again. When we announced to the JAM students that we were doing the Moanalua Track production in person, instant excitement from them. That feeling carried throughout the training and the production day. It was amazing to see an event for youth being documented by youth during a pandemic where we see our State slowly opening. Students left that day asking when the next production event they can assist on would be!”

The program, entitled “Moanalua Track”, is now available to stream at olelo.org/olelonet and on our mobile app.

 

 

 

 

‘Ōlelo presents Basic Animation. Learn how to create moving objects through the art of animation! Join our virtual class on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  CLICK HERE to register.

There are a wealth of freedoms we all enjoy on a daily basis. From what we wear to what we say, from who we vote for to who we love.   At this time when we celebrate freedom, ‘Ōlelo Community Media invites you to utilize our open mic service, O‘ahu Free Speech, to exercise your First Amendment right by creating a 1-minute self-taped video message answering the following question:

What are the Freedoms you appreciate most and why?

For details, visit olelo.org/ofs 

 

 

‘Ōlelo’s Māpunapuna Media Center recently welcomed cadets from the Hawaii National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy. The cadets enjoyed a tour and settled in for a mentoring session on Final Cut Pro as part of ‘Ōlelo’s Junior Academy for Media. The cadets are currently in the post production phase of creating PSAs on the subject of wellness as it relates to COVID-19.

Youth Challenge Academy serves 16-18 year old “At-Promise” youth with a vision of inspiring future leaders to strive for greatness. That growth and leadership mindset has been on full display from the cadets throughout the production training.  Mahalo to the cadets and Academy staff  and we look forward to seeing the PSAs on our channels soon!

We at ‘Ōlelo celebrate the life of Delores Harris, the producer of the inspirational program, In Times Like These. Delores has graced ‘Ōlelo with her presence since 2008, producing countless Mini Studio shows and bringing in many others, helping them to spread their message as well.  If you had the pleasure of knowing Delores you would see someone who practices what she preaches. She was kind and generous to all and we will greatly miss her beautiful smile and sunny disposition. We feel her loss deeply and we send our deepest condolences to her family who will have to go on without her bright light. We will miss you, Delores, in times like these and beyond.