HONOLULU, HAWAII – On Saturday, Oct. 23, ‘Ōlelo Community Media, in co-operation with the Department of Education, will exclusively air four forums featuring 11 candidates for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) statewide on ‘Ōlelo Channel 56 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The forums were taped on Oct. 20 with all candidates responding to the same questions. Annette Amaral, OHA chair of policy and planning, served as moderator. The forums are made possible through the Hawaiian Civic Clubs.

The OHA candidates will appear as follows:

·     6 to 7 p.m.: Peter Apo, Jackie Burke and Walter Heen

·     7 to 8 p.m.: Rowena Akana, Kama Hopkins and William “Willy” Meyers

·     8 to 9 p.m.: Joe Kuhio Lewis, Leona Mapuana Kalima and Michael Malulani Odegaard

·     9 to 10 p.m.: Kealii J. Makekau and Oswald Stender

Individual forums will be aired until the Nov. 2 general election on ‘Ōlelo Channel 49; scheduled airtimes for those segments will be available at www.olelo.org/vote. However, all four forums will only be aired altogether on the evening of Oct. 23.

‘Ōlelo has been a longtime supporter of community education and political engagement.

To encourage greater awareness of the issues and candidates this campaign season, beginning Oct. 11 and continuing through the Nov. 2 general election, ‘Ōlelo has devoted nine hours per day, seven days per week to election programming on Channel 49 as part of its “Vote Informed” programming.

Programming includes ‘Ōlelo’s exclusive Candidates in Focus, which features up-to-five-minute presentations by all participating candidates running for public office on O‘ahu. Candidate debates, forums on specific issues of interest, and other programs organized by candidates, community interest groups and non-candidate members of the public on issues of importance to our community are also featured on ‘Ōlelo Channel 49.

Online Viewing: The OHA forums, as well as other election-related programming, will also be available for online viewing after Oct. 23 by visiting www.olelo.org/vote. Video-on-demand is available at www.olelo.org/olelonet.

About ‘Ōlelo: Established in 1989, ‘Ōlelo Community Media is a private, nonprofit provider of community access television services and resources on O‘ahu. It is committed to building, convening and strengthening communities and providing a voice for people to share their stories and ideas about issues of importance to foster community engagement and well-being.

Submitted by Deborah Sharkey, President, Makana Communications