Olelo Community Media

Community Update

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 […]

27th of January 2022

Wes Gets Elevated

‘ŌLELO COMMUNITY MEDIA ELEVATES WES AKAMINE TO DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & PROJECT MANAGEMENT ‘Ōlelo Community Media has promoted longtime manager Wes Akamine to Director of Operations and Project Management. In this newly created position, Mr. Akamine is responsible for all community engagement initiatives including the media training and mentoring that provide access to ‘Ōlelo television […]

24th of January 2022

Images by Ed

Working as a behind-the-scenes or “stills” photographer is an entirely different experience to most usual photography jobs. As traditional photographers we naturally tend to take charge of the creative direction. Shooting BTS requires you to work within different dynamics, not least of which involves being surrounded by other creatives, each with their own opinions and […]

6th of December 2021

New Leaders at ʻŌlelo

Under the direction of our new President & CEO Roger McKeague, ʻŌlelo is pleased to welcome a few new faces to its management team. These new positions will better position the organization to deliver on its mission and thrive in an ever-changing environment. Amy Ejercito, Chief Administrative Officer As chief administrative officer, Amy will oversee […]