Our community television station needs your support

N? Leo ?O Hawai?i Community Television Hilo Office. We also have an office in Kona.
Na Leo `O Hawaii Community Television Hilo Office. We also have an office in Kona.
Na Leo `O Hawaii Community Television Hilo Office. We also have an office in Kona.

Aloha friends, I writing this on behalf of my workplace Na Leo `O Hawaii Community Television where I’ve been the General Manager since February of this year.

The mission of Na Leo `O Hawaii is to facilitate diverse community, education and government dialog and expression through television access for the people of the County of Hawai‘i. We believe an informed public makes for a better society.

Na Leo `O Hawaii has been supporting Hawai‘i Island since 1993 by giving our community the means for a voice and now we need your support by writing the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) a letter supporting Na Leo `O Hawaii so we may continue our mission.

Na Leo `O Hawaii has applied to renew our contract with the State of Hawai‘i to provide Public, Educational and Government (PEG) services for the County of Hawai‘i.

Whether it’s the Mayor’s office, Hawai‘i County Council, Hawai‘i State Capitol meetings, community meetings, religious or political programming, youth programming, music, hula, astrology or entertainment programming the channels that Na Leo `O Hawaii cablecast are a powerful voice for democracy.

In a time when media consolidation is rampant and newspapers are cutting back on Hawai‘i Island coverage Na Leo `O Hawaii has taken on a greater importance to fullfill our namesake being the voices of our community on Hawai‘i Island.

Commercial Oahu television stations tend to be Oahu, some may even say Honolulu, centric Na Leo `O Hawaii highlights our community, not just the bad news as Honolulu media may cover but also the good news and events that enrich our society.

Fee free to pass this information around.

Letters of support for Na Leo `O Hawaii can be made via postal mail, fax, e-mail or your voice to:

Cable Television Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
PO Box 541
Honolulu, HI 96809
Fax: (808) 586-2525

Public hearings on Na Leo `O Hawaii Community Television’s application for PEG Designation are coming up in April 2013.

West Hawaii Franchise (Kona)
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: West Hawaii Civic Center, Building G, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

East Hawaii Franchise (Hilo)
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo HI 96720

Baron A. Sekiya
General Manager

Na Leo `O Hawaii Community Television
Channels 53, 54, 55 on Oceanic Time Warner

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Yet another badly written House Bill that would hurt Public Access TV

You can view the letter I wrote below to the House members from the Big Island. This is in regards to House Bill 2654 going before committee today. You can view the bill and submit testimony at tinyurl.com/hb2654

From: Baron Sekiya
Subject: I oppose House Bill 2654 as currently written
Date: February 7, 2012 12:58:12 PM HST
To: Jerry Chang <repchang@capitol.haw…>, Denny Coffman <repcoffman@capitol.h…>, Cindy Evans <repevans@capitol.haw…>, Faye Hanohano <rephanohano@capitol….>, Robert Herkes <repherkes@capitol.ha…>, Mark Nakashima <repnakashima@capitol…>, Cliff Tsuji <reptsuji@capitol.haw…>
Another bad legislative bill going before committee today has come to my attention. HB2654 talks about improving broadband infrastructure in Hawaii, which is good, but also moves cable regulation to DBEDT from DCCA which is BAD for oversight. DBEDT is a ‘resource center’ whereas DCCA is in charge of ‘protecting the community from unfair and deceptive business practices.’
Also nothing in HB2654 to continue funding Community Access Television, BAD.
There are aspects of the bill which are good, hey, who wouldn’t like better broadband internet access? But other portions need to be rewritten to better serve the public.
At this time I urge those of you on the committee hearing the bill today to vote ‘NO’ on HB2654 and for other representatives to oppose it should the bill move forward as written.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Baron Sekiya
President, Na Leo ‘O Hawai‘i Public Access Television