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Kupuna Lens Participants to Showcase Stories at Hawaii International Film Festival

September 29, 2012

Image‘Ōlelo Community Media, in partnership with the Hawai’i International Film Festival, is proud to present the Kupuna Lens Film Program, a digital video production and storytelling course.

Everyone has a story to tell, and yet, the way narratives figure into our lives has changed dramatically in our increasingly digital world, leaving many meaningful voices unheard. “You don’t see children sitting down by their grandparents to listen to their stories of old,” said Alice Unawai, one of the ten kupuna selected for the program. “They’re into the visuals.”

Unawai, a former special education teacher who specialized in teaching deaf-blind students to communicate, is not averse to a challenge. They are, in fact, what drove her to perform and teach kapa haka when Maori language and culture were on the wane—to compete in her first triathlon at 40, and go on to complete six more. It was the inherent difficulty of those acheivements, and of filmmaking, that spurred her to apply for the program. Unawai’s film, As the Years Go By, an autobiographical mini-documentary of the joys found in overcoming the many obstacles in life, also represents a challenge to other kupuna: “Never be satisfied just because you’re 70, or you’re 85. Don’t sit back, but just keep moving, keep doing, keep creating.”

Her film will be one of ten shown in a free screening on October 20, in a showcase of the films produced throughout the Kupuna Lens Film Program.


Make a Donation to ‘Olelo through Foodland’s Give Aloha Program During the Month of September

September 5, 2012

For the entire month of September, you can help support the voices and viewpoints in your community by making a tax deductable donation to ‘Olelo at any Foodland/Sack&Save. The generous folks at Foodland will match a portion of your donations (up to $249 per donation). Use code 78611 at the checkout or let the cashier know you want to donate to ‘Olelo.

Mahalo for supporting our local voices!


‘Ōlelo Community Media 2012 Board Election

August 15, 2012

Make Your Voice Heard! | Download Nomination Form and Fact Sheet

Nominations for a seat on ‘Ōlelo’s Board of Directors are now being accepted. Your participation matters!

Only eligible ‘Ōlelo clients may run for and vote for this particular Board seat. “Eligible ‘Ōlelo clients” are defined as someone who, within the 24 month period between August 1, 2010 and August 1, 2012, has:

  • Successfully completed any ‘Ōlelo training, or
  • Presented a program for broadcast, including anyone who is the primary ‘Ōlelo contact on behalf of an institutional programmer (such as the University of Hawaii, Department of Education, City Administration, City Council and Hawaii State Legislature), or
  • Volunteered (as a certified ‘Ōlelo client) at an ‘Ōlelo facility or on a community access production using ‘Ōlelo video production, or
  • Completed a reservation for ‘Ōlelo video production, AND
  • Is 18 years or older, AND
  • Is an O’ahu resident

The deadline to submit your nomination is August 30, 2012. Please email with any election questions.

Important 2012 Board Election Dates:

  • Nomination period closes August 30
  • Candidate photos taken no later than September 7
  • Candidate information distributed by ‘Ōlelo September 11
  • Voting Period: October 1 – October 14
  • Election Results: October 16

Enroll in ‘Olelo’s Final Cut Pro Color Correction Workshop

August 14, 2012

We will be offering Final Cut Pro Color Correction workshops at our Mapunapuna, Wahiawa, and Waianae Community Media Centers.

Cost: $50
Pre-requisite: Basic Production Certified
VIC Participants: Contact your CMC to see if you are eligible for a discount.
Registration link


Former ‘Olelo Interns Honored at 2012 Na Lei o Hoku Reunion

August 6, 2012

ImageOn July 28th, ‘Olelo staff members attended the 2012 Na Lei o Hoku Reunion, an event hosted by the Queen Lili’oukalani Children’s Center (QLCC). This event celebrated 5 years of youth media training and partnerships with ALU LIKE and ‘Olelo Community Media. On hand were former QLCC students, many of whom interned at ‘Olelo and flourished in our Summer Media Program. One former QLCC student, Zach Cruz, became an ‘Olelo Media Resource Coordinator at our Mapunapuna Community Media Center shortly after graduation. It was a night full of memories and memorable people who took the time to share their expertise and knowledge to a handful of talented youth.

‘Olelo Board of Directors Meeting at Wahiawa CMC on August 8th

August 3, 2012

The ‘Olelo Board of Directors Meeting will be held at the Wahiawa Community Media Center next Wednesday (Aug. 8th) at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences and feedback with the board!

Please RSVP to ASAP if you can make it. Dinner will be served at 5pm. Hope to see you there.


‘Olelo Presents the Prince Lot Hula Festival on Channels 49 and 53

August 1, 2012

Catch the Prince Lot Hula Festival on ‘Olelo Community Media:

8/21 | 5pm | ‘Olelo Channel 49
8/21 | 3:30pm | ‘Olelo Channel 49
8/23 | 1pm | ‘Olelo Channel 53

Contact our Executive Productions Team at if you would like to have your community event taped!

Graphic by Moanalua Gardens Foundation