Akaku: Maui Community Television invites the community to its Third Annual Maui Walk of Heroes on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Kahului, with comedy, music, prizes, ono grinds, silent auction and family fun.
Honorees Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Kimokeo Kapahulehua and Teya Penniman will place their handprints and footprints in colorful concrete in front of Akaku's Kahului studio--a lasting tribute to Maui heroes.
Comedian Andy Bumatai will host the celebration, with music by George Kahumoku, Richard Ho'opi'i and Andy Kaina & Kaina Kountry.
Mayor Alan Arakawa and community leaders will be on hand, along with the Maui Nui O Kama cultural halau led by Kumu Keli'i Tau'a.
This year, Akaku will honor Gov. Abercrombie as a protector of public access media in Hawai'i and the champion of affordable, ultra-high-speed broadband for all.
Kapahulehua, the alaka'i of Maui Nui O Kama, and renowned paddler and teacher featured in the award-winning film, "Family of the Wa'a," will also be honored.
Penniman, manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), will be recognized for her tireless work containing coqui frogs, miconia, Little Fire Ants, and other harmful invasive plants and animals that threaten the environment and our quality of life.
The annual Maui Walk of Heroes is also a gathering for local nonprofits and community groups as the Akaku 'ohana celebrates another successful year of community media in Maui County.
The event will showcase mobile journalism videos by Maui youth in Akaku's Project YBEAM (Youth Broadband Education and Awareness Mentoring). YBEAM teaches youth to shoot, edit and upload video stories on mobile devices, distributed on Akaku's MauiTube network (mauitube.org) and Akaku cable TV channels.
Akaku's mission is "Empowering our community's voice through access to media." Empowering the community's voice means that anyone in Maui County can share videos on cable TV by dropping off a DVD at Akaku or by mailing it in. Akaku also empowers the community's voice by providing professional video coverage for many local events and issues. Most importantly, Akaku empowers the community's voice by teaching community members to use media technology to tell their own stories on Akaku channels and by providing access to video equipment and software. Akaku programs cable Channels 53 (Maui County Council, Boards and Commissions), Channel 54 (Community Access) and Channel 55 (Live and Local).
For more information about Akaku's Third Annual Maui Walk of Heroes, call 871-5554.
Akaku is located at 333 Dairy Road.