Mahalo to all those who spoke out at the public meetings and submitted written testimony to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) regarding the re-franchise for Oceanic Time Warner Cable TV. This issue isnʻt over yet and we'll need additional testimony and comments from our community members over the next year as the DCCA holds public hearings on this re-franchise effort. Get yourself informed and B Heard! Watch for the latest information regarding this here on our website and on our facebook page (click on link below).
Mahalo Nui Loa! Imua Akakū!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Submit your comments to the DCCA by Tomorrow!
Send to: Keali'i Lopez, Director
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
P.O.Box 541, Honolulu, HI 96809
BEFORE THE STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND
CABLE TELEVISION ADMINISTRATION
RE: OCEANIC TIME WARNER CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE RENEWAL
FOR KAHULUI AND LAHAINA FRANCHISES
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY:
President and CEO
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
water. Made up of four islands, Maui County has a significant concentration of Native Hawaiian
population and some of the most rural and underserved areas in the nation when it comes to
access to broadband and television media. Akaku is Maui County's only electronic public media
resource that regularly serves hundreds of Maui non‐profits, businesses, schools, government
agencies, institutions and individuals with a high level of innovation, civic engagement and
professionalism. Maui is not Oahu and these important characteristics position Maui County as
deserving of a comprehensive cable franchise agreement that fits its needs and guarantees a
sustainable community media future for all its residents.
Two Seats will become vacant in October 2012
The term of office is from October 2012 through October 2015
The nominations deadline for the Akakū Board of Directors Community Producers seats are officially closed and the following four people are the official nominees.
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Jay April isn’t just a part of Hawaii’s media circus—he’s also a ringmaster.
As the president and CEO of Akakü: Maui Community Television (Akakü for short), he is not only a ringmaster of the local media circus, but also a ringleader when it comes to defending our First Amendment rights.
Born and raised near the intersection of Connecticut’s Pequot, Nipmuck and Mohegan rivers, April—who has called Maui home for nearly two decades now—personifies his diminutive home state’s motto: “He who is transplanted still sustains.”
It would be difficult to summarize it here, but rest assured, April’s career (and life in general) is nothing short of extraordinary.
The media maven says he started climbing the ladder as a young producer tasked with making documentaries on portable video “and begging local PBS stations to carry them.”
April’s humble beginnings eventually gave way to an esteemed career as an award-winning television producer, director, video journalist, artist—and all-around nice guy.