Media Centers Suffer $$ Cuts
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.