UPDATE: Wai`anae `Olelo/Support and Testimony

*** UPDATE 9/18/2009 ***


Mahalo to all those who attended last night’s Public Hearing on Franchise Renewal at McKinley High School!

The outpouring of support demonstrated at the rally prior to the hearing as well as the heartfelt testimony shared by so many at the hearing was truly inspiring. It is always wonderful to hear about the value of Community Access from those who benefit from its resources. Those resources are being threatened and need protection, so please submit your written testimony by this Friday, September 18, at 4:30 p.m.

Here’s how to submit testimony:


Fax: (808) 586-2625

U.S. Mail:
Cable Television Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs P.O. Box 541 Honolulu, Hawaii 96809

There’s more information on our site here:


Due to its time sensitive nature, last night’s hearing will be cablecast at these times:

Wednesday 9/16 at 6pm on FOCUS 49
Thursday, 9/17 at 6pm on FOCUS 49
Friday, 9/18 at 8am on VIEWS 54
Saturday, 9/19 at 10:30 am on OAHU 52

It is also available on ‘OleloNet, here:


Thank you again to all who attended the hearing and rally as well as all of you who have already submitted testimony. For those of you who still wish to submit testimony, the deadline is this Friday, September 18, at 4:30 pm.


Keali’i Lopez


Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

McKinley High School, Hirata Hall
1039 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

We hope that you have marked this very important date on your calendar! The testimony shared at this time will form the official record of the community’s input on Oceanic’s Franchise renewal.

Click HERE to view the DCCA’s Hearing Notice.

It is our understanding that there is no need to pre-register to testify, just show up that evening and sign up there to share your thoughts!

‘Olelo has posted talking points as well as an overview of the Cable Franchise Renewal process on our website to help explain the importance of this opportunity.

More background information and videos are also available to help inform your testimony. Please check out http://www.olelo.org/franchise for the most updated information.

Remember, this may be the final opportunity the community has to weigh in on what communications and community access resources will be for the next 20 years.

What community access resources are important to you and why?

What other resources would you like to see made available for your community in the next 20 years?

Mahalo and we hope to see you at McKinley High School on September 15th!

Keali’i Lopez
President and CEO

Wai`anae Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting

Mahalo to the residents of the Leeward Coast of Oahu, from Nanakuli to Makua, for your dedication and hard work to confront the long-standing misuse of the land and sea of the Leeward Coast by landfills, industry, and the military’s training & waste dumping. Together, we are officially forming the Working Group on Environmental Justice for the West Oahu communities. Our goal is to educate ourselves and our neighbors about the toxic contamination problems that plague the community and develop solutions to address the unfair and extreme effects on the health of Leeward residents.

The next Wai’anae Environmental Justice Working Group meeting will be this Friday, 9/18 at 5:30 pm. at the Leeward Community College Wai’anae Office. We will debrief the bus tour and get updates on the various issues we have been tracking. Please join us! Mahalo.

Contact: kahea-alliance@hawaii.rr.com