Written by Patti Fukada, Membership Development Committee (MDC) member and Event Coordinator
‘Ōlelo’s Mission: To strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media.
On July 20, 2018, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) members gathered for a visit at ‘Ōlelo Community Media. We were greeted by Sanford Inouye – President & Chief Executive Officer, Chris Lam – Chief Technology & Administration Officer, Angela Angel – Chief Production Officer, and Eloise Harris – Community Relations Manager. Upon arrival, we learned about the background of the company. In 1989, ‘Ōlelo Community Media became Oʻahu’s non-profit Public, Education, and Government (PEG) access provider, created to ‘Empower, Equip, and Engage’ community voices. Since then, ‘Ōlelo has evolved and expanded to better serve our diverse island community. Today, when you view any one of ‘Ōlelo’s four cable, VOD, 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 80’s, they now have six media centers throughout ‘Oahu. The community is welcome to use these centers to tell the stories that matter most to you and your community. Whether your goal is to educate, entertain, or inform, ‘Ōlelo is here to empower you to share your stories. The have six centers located across Oahu in Waipahu, Waihiawa, Kaimuki, Kaneohe, Mapunapuna and Nanakuli including locations in schools and a studio at the State capitol.
‘Ōlelo is very proud its newest Youth Xchange training program for educators. This program is called Innovative Media for Educators. This program is designed to assist educators in integrating media into classroom curriculum by sharing:
- Knowledge in multiple styles of media production
- Specific production workflows
- Guidance in choosing the correct production techniques for the classroom or project
- Access to ‘Ōlelo’s video equipment, mini-studios and Media Service Centers
‘Ōlelo provides the tools to help educators engage their students in the use of diverse video recording techniques, from single to multi-camera production, and video editing instruction that covers file management, sound and picture enhancement, music, transitions, graphics, and pacing.
Our tour of the facility included a walk through their Main Studio, Mini Studio and Studio Control Room. We also had a chance to see their EFP (Electronic Field Production) Van which they used for the Prince Lot Hula Festival and their on-location production. After the tour, we returned to the conference room and saw a video produced by their Youth Xchange program, showcasing the high-level editing/shooting abilities and capabilities. We had a very informative and enjoyable visit.
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