Community Partnerships

“Be a Jerk” Campaign

‘Ōlelo is proud to be a partner with the City and County of Honolulu’s “Be a Jerk” campaign. Communities across O’ahu have taken steps to create awareness around the serious issue of youth access to alcohol.  These community groups are working to create changes in their communities that will support adults who say “no” to anyone under 21 who is seeking access to alcohol.  From shop owners where liquor is sold, to parents, aunties, uncles, older siblings and friends, everyone over 21 is being asked to “Be a Jerk”  by making sure we all are doing whatever is possible to keep alcohol out of the hands of our young people.

‘Ōlelo’s role in the “Be a Jerk” campaign is to videotape the work of the many community groups across O’ahu who are taking action in conjunction with this important campaign.  In August, these video clips will be added to the Be a Jerk website ( so that the different community approaches to tackling this issue can be shared.

State Women’s Community Correctional Center

‘Ōlelo’s Windward Community Media Center (CMC) has established a long-lasting partnership with the State’s Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua.  Over the past two years, ‘Ōlelo staff has worked in close partnership with Warden Mark Patterson to provide video production training to select women who are currently incarcerated.  The women have embraced the training wholeheartedly and have acted as skilled camera operators on a number of community video productions such as the 2010 Healing our Spirit Worldwide indigenous healing conference, Papa Ola Lokahi’s Ka’onohi Awards ceremony, and their own in-house video productions that document projects within WCCC as well as performances that address key issues such as addiction and domestic violence.  Women who are not authorized to attend events outside WCCC have been training with ‘Ōlelo’s staff to edit using Final Cut Pro.  These real world skills have already proved to be a benefit to the women once they are released.  Warden Patterson has been instrumental in partnering with ‘Ōlelo to design this program in a way that helps the women connect with their ability to learn, create and give back to their communities.