Island Focus Wins a Hometown Media Award

Ōlelo’s bi-monthly series Island Focus is the proud recipient of the “Informational Talk Show Series – Access Center Professional” category award for the Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Media Awards 2020!

Island Focus is a monthly half-hour television series produced by ‘Ōlelo Community Media as a community service. The show features exclusive interviews with members of our government, business, education, and community sectors and talk about their passions, what’s new, and what impact they’ve made.

“Focused on the personalities behind the organizations, industries, and agencies that keep Oʻahu moving, that’s Island Focus,” says host Lyla Berg. “We get to highlight the passion and influence of both the people and places that inspire, inform and impact our everyday lives.”  

The specific award-winning episode was recorded at Sea Life Park Hawaiʻi and features:
  • Sea Life Park Animal Curator Jeff Pawloski
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Preservation Ohana Executive Director Dana Jones
  • Kaiwi Coast Run & Walk Education Director Carol Jaxon
  • Hanauma Bay Education Program Education Specialist Anne Rosa
  • Hui O Ko’olaupoko Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Miller  

Congratulations to the staff and volunteers who helped bring the episode to life:

Host – Lyla Berg
Executive Producer – Sanford Inouye
Producer – Angela Angel
Director – Jon Wong
Cinematographer – Kekoa Graham
Camera – Alex Miyamoto, Scott Nordquist
Jib Camera/Sound Engineer – Donovan Smith
Audio – Brandee Lima
Steadicam Operator/Editor – Deron Kamisato
Still Photographer – Ed Tsang
Makeup Artist – Vanessa Li
Production Coordinator – Jo-Lynn Domingo
Graphics – Dane Neves
Promotions – Jack Bates
You can view the full episode here:

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. To see all of this year’s Island Focus episodes, CLICK HERE.

The Alliance for Community Media is a national membership organization that advocates, promotes and preserves the right to media training, production, distribution, civic engagement and education in support of diverse community voices, through Public, Educational and Government Access channels and other forms of media. For more information about the ACM’s Hometown Media Awards, CLICK HERE.
You can view the ACM Hometown Media Awards virtual show in its entirety here (our award category starts at the 43-minute mark):