To encourage greater awareness of the issues and candidates this campaign season, Olelo Community Media is dedicating hundreds of hours to election programming as part of a “Vote Informed” campaign.

The campaign is broadcast on Olelo’s four channels — FOCUS 49, OAHU 52, NATV 53 and VIEWS 54 — through the November general election.

As a nonprofit public-access station, Olelo’s mission is community education, which includes political engagement geared towards creating a well-informed electorate.

‘Voter Viewpoint’ Panels

On Thursday, Olelo broadcast the first of 10 one-hour in-depth discussions on significant issues affecting Hawaii.

“Voter Viewpoint” panelists include experts in those issues, while moderators are from local media.

The 10 shows will be cablecast through the Aug. 11 primary election and will continue to air until the Nov. 6 general election. For specific airtimes, see the airdates below or click here.

Poverty in Hawaii Host Chad Blair of Civil Beat. Panelists Pankaj Bhanot, division administrator of the Hawaii State Department of Human Services’ Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division; Connie Mitchell, executive director of the Institute for Human Services; and Darlene Hein, director of community services for the Next Step Shelter. Premiered July 26; other airdates include Friday, July 27, at 8 a.m. and Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Aging Hawaii Host Chris Vandercook of Hawaii Public Radio. Panelists Dr. Welsey Lum, director of the Hawaii State Office on Aging; Barbara Kim Stanton, executive director of AARP Hawaii; and Cullen Hayashida, Ph.D., long-term care coordinator at the Kupuna Education Center at Kapiolani Community College. Premiering Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Saturday, July 28, at 8 a.m. and Monday, July 30, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Campaign Spending Host Gina Mangieri of KHON. Panelists include Kristen Izumi-Nitao, executive director of the Campaign Spending Commission; Nikki Love, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii; and Ian Lind, blogger and political commentator. Premiering Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Sunday, July 29, at 8 a.m. and Tuesday, July 31, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Education Host Kelli Abe Trifonovitch of the University of Hawaii. Panelists include Dee Jay Mailer, CEO of Kamehameha Schools; Joan Husted, former executive director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association; Stephen Schatz, assistant superintendent for strategic reform for the Hawaii State Department of Education; and Kathy Bryant, communications coordinator of Hui for Excellence in Education (HEE). Premiering Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Monday, July 30, at 8 a.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Taxes and Big-Ticket Items Host Kevin Dayton of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Panelists Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi; Lowell Kalapa, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii; and Rick Kahle, former Hawaii state tax director. Premiering Monday, July 30, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Tuesday, July 31, at 8 a.m. and Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3p.m. on OAHU 52.

Traffic and Rail Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich of Hawaii Public Radio. Panelists Randy Roth, professor of law at the University of Hawaii; and Wayne Yoshioka, director of the City Department of Transportation Services. Premiering Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 8 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Unfunded Liabilities Host Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now. Panelists Kalbert Young, Hawaii State director of budget and finance; Paul Brewbaker, Ph.D., principal of TZ Economics; and Wesley Machida, administrator of the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Thursday, Aug. 2, at 8 a.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Sustainability Host Robbie Dingeman of the Ulupono Initiative. Panelists Russell Kokubun, Hawaii State director of agriculture and former state legislator; Lea Hong, Hawaii Island program director for the Trust for Public Land; Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation; and Wren Wescoatt, development manager of First Wind. Premiering Thursday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Friday, Aug. 3, at 8 a.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Economic Development, Transformation and the University of Hawaii Host Kelli Abe Trifonovitch of the University of Hawaii. Panelists include Peter Quigley, executive director of the University of Hawaii Innovation Initiative; Jeanne Unemori Skog, president and CEO of the Maui Economic Development Board; and Mitch D’Olier, president and CEO of Kaneohe Ranch Company, LLC and CEO of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. Premiering Friday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 a.m. and Monday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.

Hawaiian Affairs Host Mahealani Richardson of KITV. Panelists include Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, director of the University of Hawaii Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies; former Gov. John Waihee, chair of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission; and Leimomi Khan, president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Premiering Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. on FOCUS 49 (digital); other airdates include Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. on OAHU 52.
 

Candidates in Focus

Olelo is also continuing its Candidates in Focus series, which features five-minute video presentations by 97 participating candidates running for Oahu and statewide contests.

The presentations — by candidates running for offices from City Council to Congress — will be arranged by specific contest and region and shown together so viewers can obtain a broad overview of all participating candidates to better understand their qualifications and platforms.

Candidates in Focus programs includes candidates from the following contests:

U.S. Congressional Districts 1 and 2, U.S. Senate, Honolulu Mayor, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney, Honolulu City Council, Hawaii state House and Senate,
Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Candidates in Focus began airing July 22 and continues until the Aug. 11 primary election. A complete listing of airdates by region and contest is available by clicking here.

Other election-related programming will also be featured through the general election in November. They will include candidate debates statewide, 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.

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