The week of October 16, 2017 was National Free Speech Week. To celebrate,’Ōlelo Community Media hosted “Mocktails & Manapua at Māpunapuna”, a Pau Hana event bringing volunteers, clients, and community members (including legendary newswoman Linda Coble and Senator Will Espero) together on Friday, October 22 (which coincidentally was National Community Media Day). Besides the camaraderie, mocktails, and manapuas, the highlight of the evening was a one-hour conversation hosted by Lyla Berg entitled “Free Speech in the 21st Century.” Guests included Civil Beat’s Chad Blair, Representative Chris Lee, Hawaii Public Radio’s Bill Dorman, and ACLU’s Mateo Caballero.
You can view the program in its entirety here:
Leading up to the event, ‘Ōlelo teamed up with the other PEG access centers in the state (Akakū on Maui, Ho’ike on Kauaʻi, Nā Leo on the Big Island, and ʻŌlelo on Oʻahu) to create a series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring active producers/volunteers from their respective organizations. You can view ‘Ōlelo’s entries here.