Akakū: Maui Community Media is an independent, non-profit corporation established in 1992 to promote the creation of media by, for and about our community. By promoting community media, we preserve, develop and enhance diversity of thought, culture and heritage.

Akakū’s mission is, “Empowering Our Community’s Voice Through Access To Media.” Akakū is a vital resource serving all the communities of Maui Nui. “Akakū” means a reflection, as in a mirror.

Our goals are to:

  • Advocate the use and benefits of community access television and other media.
  • Encourage the production and distribution of non-commercial programs directly related to the

    communities of Maui Nui.

  • Encourage the creation of programs aimed at preserving, developing, and enhancing the

    diversity of thought, culture, and heritage within Hawaiʻi.

  • Facilitate lifelong learning and community participation in the democratic process.
  • Provide equipment, facilities, training and other resources to meet the needs of our community.
  • Serve as a local information exchange.
  • Develop cooperative partnerships with public, educational, and government representatives,

    organizations and agencies, to further the goals of community access to the media.

  • To the extent funding is available, use and incorporate emerging technologies that will benefit

    community access users.

  • Maintain cable channels dedicated to public use, free of censorship and control of program

    content, except as necessary to comply with state or federal law.

  • Provide equitable access to community channels, facilities and equipment.

    Akakū programs air on cable channels in Maui County. Any change in channel numbers will be posted on the Akakū website. Current channels are:

  • Channel 53 – “Green Channel” - Government and Civic Affairs
  • Channel 54 – “Red Channel” – Public and Educational Access
  • Channel 55 – “Blue Channel” - Live Programming and Special Features
    Akakū channels stream live at www.akaku.org, and some programs are available on demand on our website. Copies of programs can be purchased from Akakū at 333 Dairy Road, Kahului, 871-5554, if the producer has consented to duplication.

    The Akakū website: www.akaku.org and the MauiTube platform www.mauitube.org feature the latest Akakū news. Mobile journalism videos produced by Maui County youth in Akakū’s Project YBEAM are showcased at: www.ybeam.mauitube.org

    Akakū manages KAKU-LP 88.5FM, a low-power, broadcast, non-profit, community radio station, that is streaming on the Akakū website.

Submitting a Program

Only Maui County residents and organizations or agencies located in Maui County can submit video content for cablecast on Akakū channels. Presenters and producers must submit a signed Cablecast Agreement form with each program. If the presenter or producer is under 18 years of age, her or his parent or legal guardian must sign the Cablecast Agreement.
Akakū may also air programs produced by other public, educational and governmental access organizations in Hawaiʻi, and programs requested by community members or pertaining to important, current civic issues.

Program Format and Technical Standards

Any digital format is acceptable, such as DVD, Flash Drive and digital download (Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc.) We will do our best to accommodate other formats. Videos submitted for cablecasting must meet certain minimum technical standards for picture and audio, as described in programming Guidelines available on the Akakū website and at the front desk.

Scheduling; Pre-emption

We generally give priority to time-sensitive programs, locally produced content and videos from new producers. Airdates will be scheduled as soon as possible. Akakū's channel program schedule is on the website at www.akaku.org. Akakū programming staff reserve the right to pre-empt the regular schedule as necessary to accommodate time-sensitive program material, technical difficulties, or emergency announcements.

Series Application Process

Akakū offers Community Producers the opportunity to apply for scheduled time slots for series programs. Applications and Cablecast Agreements for series are available from the Programming Department. The awarding of series time slots will be at the discretion of Akakū. Priority will be given to live series, series produced using Akakū facilities, locally produced series and series produced wholly or in part in the State of Hawaiʻi. Pre-produced series from the community must be submitted by a Maui County resident or an organization or agency located in Maui County.

Producers of live studio series who have not previously produced shows in the Akakū studio may be required to complete a minimum of two successful “live-to-tape” programs before being considered for a scheduled live series. If an episode of an approved series is not delivered prior to the scheduled airdate, the Director of Programming reserves the right to pre-empt the episode or air a re-run of a previous episode. Producers who fail to submit programs on schedule will risk the loss of their time slots. The Director of Programming reserves the right to cancel the series if the producer fails to provide a new show within the agreed upon time frame.


Access and Responsibilities

Access to Facilities and Equipment. Akakū provides training, video production equipment, digital editing systems and studio facilities for Maui County residents to produce their own videos and shows. Videos produced with Akakū production equipment or post-production software must be shown first on Akakū channels. Most Akakū equipment and facilities may be used at no charge by Maui County residents who are certified in their use and pay an annual $35 fee. Extended studio time and special production equipment are available at discounted rates. The parent or legal guardian of youth under 18 years of age must sign all applicable forms and be responsible for equipment and facility use by their child.

Damages & Losses; Release of Liability

Anyone who uses Akakū equipment or facilities is liable for any damage that occurs while the equipment is in their possession. This liability extends to any damage caused by third parties, including without limitation crew members working on a Community Producer’s production. Community Producers must immediately report any equipment malfunction or damage to the Akakū front desk. Failure to notify may result in permanent suspension from any use of Akakū equipment and facilities. Anyone who uses Akakū equipment or facilities must release Akakū, its Board of Directors, officers, agents and employees from all liability arising out of or related to any loss, damage or injury sustained by the individual or their property while using Akakū equipment or facilities or participating in any Akakū-related activity.


Community Producers should notify the Akakū front desk as soon as possible to cancel any equipment or facilities reservation.

Field Equipment

Equipment Reservation; Production Proposal; Video for Cablecasting. Community Producers certified to use field equipment may reserve equipment on a first come, first-served basis. To be sure that the equipment will be available, we recommend reserving at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations for field equipment may be made at the front desk, by phone or on-line. Community Producers must submit a Production Proposal when they reserve equipment. Proposals may be submitted to the front desk or online. All Community Producers using Akakū production equipment must submit a video for cablecasting within 30 days (or longer by agreement with the Director of Production or Director of Education).

Equipment Check-Out/Check-In; Caution

Equipment must be checked out and checked in at the Akakū front desk. Community Producers are responsible for equipment damage or loss. Community Producers must clean all equipment before returning it. Producers must inform Akakū staff when checking out equipment if they intend to use it at the beach or in dusty or extreme conditions. Electronic equipment such as batteries and cameras should not be exposed to excessive heat. Equipment should not be stored in a vehicle or left in the hot sun for an extended period of time. Akakū equipment may not be taken out of Maui County without permission from the Director of Production. Fines A fine of $25.00 a day may be assessed if equipment is returned late.

Studio and Control Room Studio Reservation and Production Proposal

Community Producers certified to use the Akakū studio and control room may make reservations at the front desk, by phone or online. A Studio & Control Room Request and Production Proposal must be submitted at least one week prior to the proposed production. Production Proposals may be submitted in person at Akakū or electronically at www.akaku.org. All crew members must be certified to use the Akakū studio or in the process of becoming certified by completing their volunteer hours. All crew members must be listed on the Studio & Control Room Request.

Studio Guidelines Community Producers should arrive at least one hour before the start time of their production to check the camera equipment and control room and set up the studio. Akakū staff are available for assistance or if something isn't working properly. All settings and equipment must be returned to their original positions and storage spaces after the production. The Community Producer who reserved the studio is responsible for striking the set, cleaning up the studio and control room, and removing all of their personal property. Akakū does not provide storage space for props or set.

Staff Assistance; Crew

An Akakū staff technician will be present to oversee the use of the facility and provide technical assistance as needed. Community Producers are responsible for providing their own crew. The Akakū front desk has resources to help Community Producers find people who may be available to assist as crew.

Open Mic

The Akakū studio is available free of charge for any Maui County resident or organization to record a public service announcement (PSA), or make a short video on any subject, in accordance with these Policies and Procedures. The Akakū Open Mic is available for 30-minute recording session, by appointment. Reservations may be made at the front desk, by phone or online, at least 24 hours in advance. The finished PSA or Open Mic segment maybe up to 5 minutes long. Akakū provides one staff member to tape the Open Mic, with no editing. . The teleprompter is available for scripts in electronic form. Set dressing is limited, and the Open Mic format generally works best for simple presentations.


Akakū welcomes all community members to use the Akakū channels, facilities, equipment and educational resources. Community members are encouraged to check out our website, give us a call or stop by to discover how they can enjoy and benefit from community media.

• Any Maui County resident may submit a video to air on Akakū channels.
• Any Maui County resident may record a short video during “open mic” sessions, which will be

cablecast on Akakū channels.
• Akakū offers a wide range of classes, including field and studio production, video editing, and mobile journalism.
• Certified Community Producers may use Akakū equipment and facilities to produce non-commercial videos and studio shows for airing on Akakū channels, at no charge other than the annual $35 Community Producer fee. (Extended studio time and special production equipment are available at discounted rates.)

• On occasion, Akakū equipment and facilities may be rented to commercial producers or local organizations, subject to availability.

• Akakū offers education programs designed especially for Maui County youth.
• Akakū actively supports Maui County non-profit organizations and provides coverage of many community events. Akakū also cablecasts meetings of the Maui County Council and Boards and Commissions.
• Akakū has ongoing internship programs for youth and adults.
• Akakū welcomes volunteers for field and studio productions and administrative support.


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