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 consider award-winning.

DOCUMENTARY (Professional) – “Silver Linings (Part One)”

Produced by ‘Ōlelo Community Media and The Pacific American Foundation, Silver Linings is the compelling story of educators, students community leaders and families having to adapt and adopt innovative ways to navigate their educational journeys during the pandemic. Through the trials and tribulations of that challenging time, their stories bring to light an exciting path for the future built on “one success, one school, one student, and one family at a time.”

Featuring: Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Pūʻōhala, Mālama Honua Public Charter School, Waikalua Loko Iʻa – fishpond, Blanche Pope Elementary School, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa



TALK SHOW (Professional) – “Island Focus: Downtown Arts Center

‘Ōlelo produces Island Focus, a bi-monthly half-hour series now in its 5th season and soon to hit its 100th show.  As a community service, crew film exclusive interviews with members of our government, business, education, and community sectors and talk about their passions, and what impact they’ve made. “We focus on the personalities behind the organizations and agencies that keep Oʻahu moving,” says host Lyla Berg. “And highlight the passion and influence of these people and places that inspire, inform and impact our everyday lives, that’s Island Focus.”

This winning program was recorded at Downtown Art Center and features:

  • Hawaiʻi Theatre Center President & CEO Gregory D. Dunn
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi President Russell J. Lau
  • Hawaiʻi Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Tony Pisculli

Island Focus premieres on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53, first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 4:30pm.  All shows are on ‘Ōlelo VOD Channel 52, ‘ŌleloNet, YouTube, and ‘Ōlelo’s mobile app.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (Community Producer) – “Hawaiʻinulakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

Produced by Hawai’inulakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge via ʻŌlelo’s Giving Voice, PSAs for NPOs service, this powerful PSA was a result of outreach to the organization at a time when they needed to get an important message out to their community.  Georgette Stevens, ʻŌlelo’s Outreach Manager, is delighted “to empower these wonderful organizations to share their stories about the services they provide.”



In addition (excitedly!!!), our awesome ʻŌlelo Members were awarded the following:

NARRATIVE FILM – SHORT OR FEATURE (Community Producer) – “Boy” Edo Natasha, Dwi Goolsby, Joseph Agudo

Other entries that made the FINALISTS list included …

Mele Aʻe – Ella Malarkey, Makaʻala Perry, Trishnālei

Fortune Teller

‘Ōlelo Community Media has been a long-time member of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), a national network of TV and radio stations and PEG (Public, Education, and Government) access advocates whose mission is to promote free speech and greater civic engagement through community media. The ACM West Region represents hundreds of local affiliate stations from six different states. (http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/about-us)

Pictured from left to right: Senior Manager Neal Rivera, Production Manager Kekoa Graham, President & CEO Roger McKeague, and Chief Administrative Officer Amy Ejercito holding up the winning plaques.