To strengthen our island voices and advance community engagement through innovative media.
‘Ōlelo Community Media is honored to serve the diverse people, groups and communities of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Citizens don’t often have a voice in commercial media, so public access television provides them with an added source of information and opinion, a forum to discuss issues, and a means of sharing first-hand stories about O’ahu’s rich community life, to island residents and the world.
‘Ōlelo provides access to video production training and equipment, studio production space, edit facilities and air time for those interested in delivering non-commercial messages that impact and influence their community through the powerful medium of cable television and the internet—without the constraints and cost of commercial television.
Community access television is the result of a national citizens’ movement in the 1970s. It was created to provide communities with airtime on their local cable systems. Since 1989, ‘Ōlelo Community Media has provided access services on O’ahu. We currently cablecast via the Oceanic Time Warner Cable system. Over the years, the hard work of community members, government and education partners, and volunteers has helped public access television on O’ahu evolve into a dynamic and important tool that promotes civic dialogue, education, open government, and cultural preservation.
At ‘Ōlelo, we believe that the free exchange of ideas, reflected in the basic tenets of free speech and exercised using PEG access, can and does contribute to a stronger, healthier, more engaged community.