Olelo Community Media

Community Update

21st of June 2022

A Champion of Sugilanon

Congratulations to ʻŌlelo producer Dr. Eva Washburn-Repollo of Chaminade University, who recently won a $100,000 grant to fund a summer program meant to increase Hawaiʻi’s capacity in Filipino culture-based education in K-12 classrooms. Dr. Washburn-Repollo is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Chaminade University. Her ʻŌlelo journey began in 2013 with a multi-faceted […]

VN-TV Celebrates 25 Years

For the past two and a half decades, Nina Nguyễn Castagnetti has been working tirelessly and independently on a weekly television series called VN-TV, a program connecting people of the Vietnamese community in Hawai’i. In 2022, VN-TV will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. ʻŌlelo’s Community Services Manager Donna Ylen, who supervises the Māpunapuna Media Center […]

24th of May 2022

YXC Winner in the News

We love it when Youth Xchange student filmmakers go on to great things. Congratulations to Nanea Ah You of Kamehameha Schools Maui whose video won this year’s Creating Peace category (High School division), on this awesome award. Read the original article here. Kamehameha Schools Maui senior’s storytelling lands her free tuition at UH-Manoa Nanea Ah […]

18th of May 2022

In Defense of the Filmed Play

Video documentation of live performances has always had a stigma, to some, as being derivative and alienating. However, in defense of the “filmed play,” it is far from artless. It is an amalgamation of filmic language (pans, close-ups, fades) and the real, retaining a bit of the magic of the live theatre experience. Although not […]

16th of May 2022

Technical Difficulties – 5-16-22

UPDATE: The ʻŌlelo channel 53 signal is back on-air on Spectrum Cable as of 3:30pm today, May 16, 2022. ORIGINAL MEMO: ʻŌlelo channel 53 is currently down on Spectrum Cable ONLY. You can continue to watch ʻŌLELO53 on Hawaiian Telcom Channel 53 or 1053(HD), olelo.org, and on our mobile app. This will be updated when […]

9th of May 2022

Media Teacher of the Year

ʻŌlelo Community Media presented our first annual YXC Media Teacher Award, powered by Alaska Airlines. The honor was introduced this year as a “people’s choice” award determined by a combination of votes from students, family, teachers, and school administrators; along with impact statements provided in support of teachers. Alaska Airlines, a company dedicated to lifting […]

6th of May 2022

Hometown Media Awards 2022

We are excited to announce ʻŌlelo Community Media has won the Entertainment & Arts Single Episode (Access Center – Professional) from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation’s Hometown Media Awards program! We received this honor for our piece, Silver Linings, an insightful and compelling story from educators, administrators, students and community members having to adapt […]

13th of April 2022

ʻŌlelo Wins Big At ACM ’22

Fresh off the 2022 Alliance for Community Media (ACM) West Region Conference, ʻŌlelo took home a number of honors at the W.A.V.E. (Western Access Video Excellence) Awards. Each ʻŌlelo entry winningly demonstrated the PEG Access mission by empowering community voices through meaningful and powerful media making. Watch them (links below) to see what the judges […]

3rd of March 2022

Fond Farewell: First Friday

Fond Farewell: First Friday sees its last show on Public Access March 11 Public access’ longest running series, “First Friday”, signed off for the last time on Friday, March 11. The show was founded in 1986 by Haunani-Kay Trask who also produced and hosted. Sometimes called “The unauthorized news”, the monthly talk show has been […]

2nd of February 2022


HTA Interns Champion Culture Using ‘Ōlelo Production Skills ʻŌlelo first connected with Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) through our island-wide youth media program, Junior Academy for Media (JAM). ʻŌlelo’s Waipahu Center Manager Neal Rivera and Senior Associate Justin Kuwamura spearheaded the partnership. Students were eager to get trained and participate in anything and everything video-related. As a […]