Akakū to Capture Nā Mele O Maui
The 41st Annual Nā Mele O Maui Song & Art Competition will be held on Thursday, December 5, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Sponsored by Kāʻanapali Beach Resort, Maui’s only county wide Hawaiian song and art competition is dedicated to cultural preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian mele, language and arts. This year’s theme,”Nā Wahi Pana Aloha I Hawaiʻi,” will showcase songs and artwork of beloved places of Hawaiʻi.
Family, friends and the general public are invited to attend this FREE event. For those who are unable to attend, Akakū will be taping the whole dayʻs event. Single division DVDs will be sold on-site for $10 and a 2-disc DVD set of the entire event will be available for pre-order for $25. Itʻs the perfect gift for your keikiʻs loved ones. For more information about ordering DVDs please call (808) 871-5554.
You can also watch the entire show again on Akakū Channel 54 beginning Christmas Eve at noon and running thru the entire Christmas Day. It will also play all day New Years Day so be sure not to miss any of it.
Ian Camit interviews the JP Aloha Classic organizer Sam Bittner. (Credit: YBEAM)
Akaku Maui Community Television announces the launch of a new youth program for alumni of their YBEAM (Youth Broadband Education & Awareness Mentoring) training certification. AYME (Akaku Youth Media Exchange) targets the skills learned in YBEAM to take training to the next level, actually giving youth additional field production mentoring on real jobs!
“I saw a gap in STEM training for our county youth- the lack of giving real work experiences,” said Kat Tracy, Akaku Director of Education and YBEAM. “After 20 plus years as a freelance producer I recognize the value of putting oneʻs training to use in a real world environment. I remember reading an interview from Kevin Spacey where he talked about mentoring under Jack Lemmon and being told ,’When you reach the apex of your career it is incumbent for you to “send the elevator back down,”’ I feel I’m able to do that through our YBEAM and AYME
initiatives. I’m beyond stoked to offer the community a chance to support our youth producers and benefit as well! Win, win!”
THE FUTURE OF CABLE TV IS IN YOUR HANDS
TELL TIME WARNER WHAT YOU NEED
Oceanic Time Warner Cable has applied to renew its franchise to deliver cable service to Maui Nui for the next twenty years. The State is holding public hearings to find out if you are happy with your cable service and to hear what your needs are for the future.
Akakū: Maui Community Television recommends the following minimum requirements Oceanic Time Warner should provide in exchange for use of Maui's valuable public rights of way.
- Make cable TV and affordable high speed Internet available to EVERY resident and business in Maui County.
- Cablecast Akakū channels with the same format and signal quality as local broadcast channels. Keep them easy to find and repeat them in HD.
- Increase funding and capital support for Akakū with no restrictions on funds.
- Help Akakū use all media and technology necessary to get community video to and from every screen in your home, your backpack or your pocket and create media jobs for our keiki.
- Free Wi-Fi in public parks, libraries and community centers.
- Provide Akakū with 25 hours per month of video on demand.
- Guarantee that Time Warner matches the best public benefits it provides to any other location in the nation.
Oceanic Time Warner Cable TV will be renewing itʻs 20 year franchises for the County of Maui and the Lahaina/West Maui franchise next year. Itʻs time for the local organizations and the public to ask Oceanic what rent it will be paying us in exchange for you use of the public rights of way for the next 20 years. In the next two weeks, Akakū will hold information meetings with community members and organizational partners to discuss this important issue.
From wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_television_franchise_fee
A cable television franchise fee in the United States stems from a community’s basic right to compensation a community receives in exchange for the cable operator’s occupation and the right-of-way use of public property. A franchise fee is not a tax; it is a rental charge.
Franchise fees are governed under Section 622 of the Cable Communications Act of 1984. Section 622, states that municipalities are entitled to a maximum of 5% of gross revenues derived from the operation of the cable system for the provision of cable services such as Public, educational, and government access (PEG) TV channels.
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