Akakū's mission is
"Empowering the community’s voice
through access to media".
The Hawaiian word, “Akakū,” means “a reflection, as if in a mirror”. We reflect the beauty, creativity, politics and
culture of our Maui Nui community across all four of our beloved islands.”
In exchange for the use of valuable public rights of way, the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 expressly provided for state or local jurisdictions to be able to require a cable operator to set aside channels for public, education, and government uses (PEG). Facilities and equipment for access use can also be required as part of a public benefits package negotiated in exchange for the use of public rights of way.
Akakū: Maui Community Television is the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) designated Public, Education and Government Access (PEG) provider for the County of Maui.
Akakū: Maui Community Television is a non-profit 501(c)3 community organization that provides education classes, training, editing and studio facilities for the Maui County community to express its right to free speech through public access to the media. Akakū is able to provide this access via Akakū’s cable television channels, 52, 53 and 54.