By Donna Ylen, Kāneʻohe Media Center Manager
Mike Hall has been a producer and volunteer since 2009, originating at Windward Community College and now calling the Kāneʻohe Media Center his home center. Today, Mike Hall is a One Man Band, videotaping and editing the Ko’olau Baptist Church Services every Sunday. Mike sees the Kāneʻohe Media Center “as a fun-loving atmosphere.”
Mike moved to Hawaiʻi back in 2008 to teach at Ko’olau Baptist Academy, a private school located on its church grounds in Kāneʻohe. Having been stationed with the Navy at Pearl Harbor back in the 90’s, Mike still calls Ko’olau Baptist his ‘Ohana. Mike says, “They called me up while I was teaching on an Indian reservation and offered me a position teaching fifth graders.” Mike jumped at the opportunity to return to Hawaiʻi.
While growing up, Mike was always interested in videography and photography, always having a camera close at hand. In high School, Mike was the official videographer for the basketball team. While in the Navy, he would take videos while in different ports to record his travels. “It really was when I got involved with ‘Ōlelo that I truly honed my skills,” Mike admits.
Mike has submitted close to 500 programs! That would total 500 hours of camera work and over 1000 hours of editing. He is always eager to help with our Executive Productions and, recently, has brought in a young prospect, Shawn, into our volunteer program. Mike does not have any thoughts about stopping. He really enjoys what he is doing.
If you see Mike at the Kāneʻohe Media Center or out on a shoot, don’t forget to say “Hi!”.