Me­dia Cen­ters Suf­fer $$ Cuts

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / FEBRUARY 3, 2010 / - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

into ef­fect Jan. 1.)

Al­though the DCCA has al­ready col­lected the PEG ac­cess funds from Oceanic Time Warner Ca­ble in the form of fran­chise fees, it has de­cided not to lift a cap on the amount dis­trib­uted to ‘Olelo Com­mu­nity Me­dia. Since 2000, ‘Olelo has had to make deep cuts in its re­serves to sup­port its ser­vices.

In fact, Lopez said, there’s a chance that Oahu could be left with only three pub­lic ac­cess chan­nels.

“If th­ese funds weren’t avail­able we wouldn’t have such an is­sue here, but they are,” she added. “ The al­ter­na­tive for ‘Olelo is to find new ways to gen­er­ate rev­enues and find al­ter­nate sources of fund­ing.”

Known for part­ner­ing with schools, ‘Olelo trains to­mor­row’s leaders through pro­grams such as its statewide Youth Xchange video com­pe­ti­tion for both pub­lic and pri­vate schools, youth di­a­logue on com­mu­nity is­sues and its af­ter­school and sum­mer me­dia pro­grams.

Start­ing in a small Kakaako fa­cil­ity in 1989, ‘ Olelo Com­mu­nity Me­dia has ex­panded to seven cen­ters — Palolo/Kaimuki (at Jar­rett In­ter­me­di­ate), Wind­ward ( at King In­ter­me­di­ate), Kahuku/North Shore (at Kahuku High and In­ter­me­di­ate), Wahi­awa (at Leile­hua High), Waipahu (at Waipahu In­ter­me­di­ate), Ma­puna­puna and Wa­ianae ( at Wa­ianae High). Thou­sands of fledg­ling film­mak­ers, non­prof­its and gov­ern­ment agen­cies have mas­tered video pro­duc­tion this way, cre­at­ing more than 50,000 hours of orig­i­nal lo­cal pro­gram­ming, which strains the ca­pac­ity of ‘Olelo’s six ca­ble chan­nels.

“The com­mu­nity me­dia cen­ters are crit­i­cal in that they pro­vide added re­sources for schools,” Lopez said. “It’s re­ally been a very pro­duc­tive part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, and we just want to make sure it con­tin­ues to grow and serve the peo­ple of Oahu.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.olelo.org or call 834-0007.

Kaimuki oph­thal­mol­o­gist John Olkowski saved the eye­sight of eighth-grader Kingston Fereti with a Crys­tal­ens im­plant. Photo from Olkowski.

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