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WIS Kids Media Program at Waipahu Intermediate School

July 20, 2012

ImageIt has been a busy week for many of our WIS Kids at Waipahu Intermediate School. WIS Kids is a media program designed to educate students on responsible journalism, video production techniques, and community issues. Started in 2007 by ‘Olelo Manager Sparky Rodrigues and Waipahu Intermediate Teacher Edgar Ugale, the WIS Kids Program has provided youth with the media knowledge to empower fellow students and community members. WIS Kids broadcasts a morning television program that consists of featured news stories, school updates, and campus interviews. In addition to school broadcasts, WIS Kids also broadcasts community events and public service announcements.

For the 2012-2013 school year, WIS Kids will partner with the FilCom Center to document cultural activities. The FilCom Center plays an integral part in the Waipahu community, providing services to one of the largest Filipino populations in the United States. To prepare for a busy school year, several workshops were held last week focusing on conducting on-camera interviews and screenwriting. Senator Glenn Wakai, FilCom’s Rose Chumra, and ‘Olelo Community Media CEO Roy Amemiya took part in the workshops providing informative and inspiring presentations to participants.

According to Sparky, the WIS Kids Media Program would not be as successful today without the hard work of ‘Olelo’s Zoe Tanaka, Wes Akamine and Edgar Ugale. These 3 individuals spent countless hours providing students with instruction and mentoring. ‘Olelo looks forward to continuing this great partnership with Waipahu Intermediate School.

The Waipahu Community Media Center also provides video production classes and services to all community members. Give them a call today at 671-3950 or send an email at

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