The Akakū Production Department provides video production support for a limited number of community events. To request video coverage of a community project or event, community members must submit an Akakū Project Proposal to the Director of Production.
At least two weeks’ prior notice is recommended to allow adequate time to prepare for the production. The Director of Production will review the proposal to determine whether the project is within the Guidelines for production, whether staff producers are available and whether funding can be obtained to support the project. The Director of Production will talk with the community members about cost and feasibility. Project Proposal forms are available at the front desk or online.



We request at least one week advance notice to review and schedule your proposal. A bid will be returned with detailed costs upon review of this proposal. A 50% percent deposit is required before Akaku can schedule the production. The remaining 50% will be due upon completion.


Akakū offers an array of traditional and new media classes, salons and workshops, as described on our website.


  • Equipment Rental
  • Studio Control Room • Computer/Internet



(Needs changes to include: project based education and training from local small business specialists)

The Akakū Class Catalog includes course descriptions, schedules and fees and is available at the Akakū front desk and on our website. Class registration is by phone, online or at the front desk. Registration and payment of class fees should be made no later than 48 hours before the scheduled class time.

Classes may be subject to cancellation or postponement, depending on enrollment and class limits as described in the Akakū Class Catalog. There is a reduced rate for repeating a course within one year, and a reduced rate for re-certifying if technology has significantly changed since the previous certification.

Credit for volunteer hours already completed may be applied to class fees. For specifics, see the current Akakū Class Catalog. Students accepted as interns at Akakū are eligible to take classes at no charge, but class time does not count towards internship hours. Interns must notify the Administrative Director and the Director of Education if they would like to take a class.

Group discounts are available to non-profit organizations by arrangement with the Director of Education. Fees for classes and workshops support Akakū’s ability to provide services. Fees are not intended to exclude participation by anyone with financial constraints that make full payment impossible. Some fee reductions are available for youth, seniors and those with limited income.


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 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 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.