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.

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Our Staff

LEADERSHIP TEAM

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Sanford Inouye – President & Chief Executive Officer 

Kimi Takazawa – Chief Operating Officer 

Angela Angel – Chief Production Officer 

Dawne DePonte – Director of Finance & Administration 

Garrett Mueller – Director of Media Services 

Todd Yamamoto – Associate Director of Information Technology and Master Control 

Rona Shibuya – Senior Administrative Assistant 

COMMUNICATIONS & PRODUCTION

COMMUNICATIONS & PRODUCTION

Under the direction of Angela Angel

Communications: 

Jack Bates – Senior Advisor and Marketing Manager 

Dane Neves – Communications Specialist 

Georgette Stevens – Community Relations Manager 

Evern Williams – Community Relations Specialist 

Production: 

Kekoa Graham – Production Services Manager 

Jon Wong – Production Services Specialist 

Scott Nordquist – Production Services Associate 

Deron Kamisato – Video Editor 

Jo-Lynn Domingo – Production Services Coordinator 

MEDIA SERVICES & CENTERS

MEDIA SERVICES & CENTERS

Under the direction of Garrett Mueller

MEDIA SERVICES 

Training: 

Wes Akamine – Senior Training Manager 

Jennifer Nakamura – Training Coordinator 

Volunteer: 

Vera-Lynn Kamaka – Volunteer Program Manager 

Youth Initiatives 

Kapua Segool – Developmental Projects Coordinator 

 

MEDIA SERVICE CENTERS 

Kaimukī MSC: 

Mana Franquez – Media Services Manager, Kaimukī 

Brandee Lima – Media Services Associate 

Justin Powell – Media Services Associate 

Kāneʻohe MSC: 

Donna Ylen – Media Services Manager, Kāneʻohe 

Alexander Miyamoto – Media Services Associate 

Corinne Makahilahila – Media Services Associate 

Māpunapuna MSC: 

Ku’uipo Rossiter – Media Services Manager, Māpunapuna 

Wayne Yun – Senior Media Services Associate 

Keoni Alvarez – Media Services Associate 

Antonette “Anne” Fontanilla – Media Services Associate 

Sisto Domingo – Media Services Associate 

Edgar Sagayaga – Media Services Associate 

Nānākuli MSC: 

Jimbo Taylor – Media Services Manager, Nānākuli

Hiilani Caspino-Nakoa – Media Services Associate

Wahiawā MSC: 

Margaret “Marge” Streb - Media Services Manager, Wahiawā 

Brandyn Proctor – Media Services Associate 

Filipo Tuisano – Media Services Associate 

Waipahu MSC: 

Neal Rivera – Media Services Manager, Waipahu 

Justin Kuwamura – Senior Media Services Associate 

William Nakao – Media Services Associate 

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

IT and Master Control under the direction of Todd Yamamoto
Programming and Engineering & Facilities under the direction of Sanford Inouye

Information Technology: 

Steven Cutrell – Systems Administrator 

Kristopher “Topher” Schlund – Senior IT Technician 

Programming:

Cherisse Ferreira – Programming Manager 

Jocelyn Ota – Programmer

James Adamos – Programmer

Master Control: 

Russel Cabral – Senior Playback Technician 

Gabriel Killhour – Playback Technician 

Tinkle Malama – Playback Technician 

Milton Onna – Playback Technician 

Walter Ferreira – Playback Technician 

Engineering & Facilities: 

Jimmy Galam – Senior Broadcast Engineer 

Robbie Omura – Media Systems Engineer 

Melvin Kouchiyama – Bench Technician 

Pacita Corpuz – Custodian 

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES

Finance under the direction of Dawne DePonte
Human Resources under the direction of Sanford Inouye

Finance: 

Alyssa Coloma – Senior Accountant 

Lee Ann Freitas – Accounting Associate 

Human Resources: 

Dawn Mezurashi – Human Resources Assistant 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS