Akaku Basic Field Production Training Course


Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a TV crew? Akaku’s Basic Field Production Training takes aspiring producers on a three-day course covering lights, cameras and action. The course, which runs Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1, culminates with a practice run shooting a project in the community. Students will be able to […]

Akaku Introduction to Public Access TV


Get a behind-the-scenes look at Akaku Public Access TV this Monday, July 6. Curious minds will learn about the station’s policies and procedures while getting a glimpse of both field and studio production. Learn more about Akaku and the role they play in Maui County. The class is a stepping stone to certification in any of Akaku’s other […]

Talking story about sustainable energy with Maui consultant Doug McLeod


Doug McLeod spent four years as Maui County Energy Commissioner. He was a strong advocate on several key energy topics, and has brought critical analysis to many complex issues, including the proposed Oahu-Maui undersea cable. He also procured contracts for renewable energy installations at 23 County of Maui facilities, with cost-savings estimated at $10 million […]

Akaku’s teaching a field production class this Thursday through Saturday

  Lights, camera, shoot! Learn to produce a feature Akaku will help! March 5-7, 2015. Thursday and Friday at 3-7pm and ends Saturday 8am-1pm. $75-185. 3-7pm (Thurs. & Fri)/ 8am-1pm (sat). Akaku (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului), Akaku.org -Marina Satoafaiga (@sandtothecity) Photo courtesy of Akaku  

Tuesday, Jan. 27: Akaku Wants You To Be a Better Public Speaker


This Tuesday, Akaku presents “Become a Better Public Speaker” with Shaggy Jenkins. The host of Akaku’s upcoming new Maui Daily re-launch, Jenkins will discuss techniques on interviewing people and being a public speaker in front of the camera. There will be audience exercises and work-shopping. Free. 5:30pm. Akaku Center (333 Dairy Rd., Kahului), Akaku.org -Marina Satoafaiga (@sandtothecity) Photo courtesy Akaku

2014 Maui Year In Review

This was a year of great storms, both political and climatic. It’s the year we got the new governor that apparently everyone wanted, and the year some of Maui’s most powerful and infamous police officers decided to hang up their badges (some more willing than others). This was the year Kimo Apana attempted to make […]

More Former Employees Criticize Station Management At Akaku’s Dec. 15 Board Meeting

In addition to recently terminated Programming Director Shawn Michael, four additional former Akaku employees appeared at the Dec. 15, 2014 meeting of the public access cable channel’s board of directors to call for an independent investigation of management practices at the station. What’s more, one of the employees handed out copies of a letter signed […]

TONIGHT, Monday, Dec. 15: Akaku Board of Directors Meeting


For those caught up in the drama unfolding over at Akaku, Maui County’s public access cable station, the nonprofit’s board of directors will be meeting tonight at the Akaku Center in Kahului. The meeting, according to Akaku’s policies and procedures, is “open to the public.” No agenda has yet been posted on the office’s front […]

Stream Down: The drama found on Akaku, Maui’s public access cable station, is nothing compared to what’s going on behind the cameras

For the people who provide public access cable television in Maui County, their whole reason for being is speaking out. “Empowering the community’s voice through access to media”–that’s the motto of Akaku, which runs local cable channels 53, 54 and 55 for the community. That means the station airs programming that’s often at odds with […]

This Wednesday, Dec. 3: Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Will Discuss 2015 Plans on Akaku Channel 54

If you find yourself in front of a television screen Wednesday night–say, around 7pm–you might want to tune into Akaku Channel 54. If you do, you’ll see Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s regular one-hour show Your County With Mayor Arakawa, but this episode will be be a bit different. According to a Dec. 2 news release, […]

Maui County Election Time: Vote Today, Complain Tomorrow


Well, we knew it would come to this. We’ve got an election today, and here’s to hoping that at least half of those who registered to vote will actually cast a ballot. And why not? Look at all those glossy mailers that have been clogging up our mailboxes for the last four months–those things cost […]

TONIGHT: New Maui PD Chief Tivoli Faaumu Appearing Live On Akaku

Chief Faaumu

If you’re curious about what newly minted Maui PD Chief Tivoli Faaumu thinks about law enforcement, then you might want to tune into Akaku Channel 55 tonight at 5pm (you can also see it on Akaku.org and hear it on K-AKU 88.5 on your FM dial). Shaggy Jenkins will interview Faaumu live. Worried that Faaumu won’t talk about […]

This Tuesday, July 15: Maui County Mayoral Race Candidates Forum


Thursday, July 10 was the deadline for Hawaii candidates running in the August Primary Election to get their first campaign finance disclosure forms over to the state Campaign Spending Commission. According to the filings, which cover Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, there is a little more than $359,000 in the collective coffers of […]

This Tuesday, June 10: Akaku Studio Certification Course


Interested in producing or directing your own show? Akaku’s Studio Certification course can help. This Tuesday, the course will kick off for four days that will cover set lighting, video mixing, directing, hosting, live production and more. Students will be given the opportunity to work on Akaku shows to complete their certification. Students are expected to […]


The morning before I attended the screening of the new X-Men movie, I was cleaning out an old box of mementos and came across an odd flyer. It read “Mutants Are People Too!” on the cover. On the inner fold were details of how this country was full of Mutant Oppression and lacking Mutant Equality. […]

Here’s Why Dean Wong Of Maui’s Imua Family Services Will Never Stop Dreaming


Dean Wong is a dreamer. Not the kind who sits and ponders “what if,” the one who truly believes that a person can make his or her personal and career visions a reality. “I’ve always believed that anything you dream can be possible,” Wong says. “I’ve never not believed that the things you dream can […]