Akaku to host third annual Maui Walk of Heroes
KAHULUI – 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. at 333 Dairy Road in Kahului, featuring comedy, music, prizes, ono grinds, a silent auction and family fun.
Honorees Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Kimokeo Kapahulehua and Teya Penniman will place their hand-prints and footprints in colorful concrete in front of Akaku’s studio, where the walkway is a lasting tribute to Maui heroes.
The celebration will be hosted by comedian Andy Bumatai, with music by Uncle George Kahumoku, Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i and Andy Kaina & Kaina Kountry. Mayor Alan Arakawa and community leaders will be present, along with the Maui Nui O Kama cultural halau led by Kumu Keli’i Tau’a.
This year, Akaku is honoring Abercrombie as a protector of public access media in Hawaii and the champion of affordable, ultra high-speed broadband for all.
Kapahulehua is the alaka’i of Maui Nui O Kama, a renowned paddler and teacher featured in the award-winning film “Family of the Wa’a.”
Penniman, manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee, is being recognized for her tireless work in containing coqui frogs, miconia, little fire ants and other harmful invasive plants and animals that threaten Maui’s environment and quality of life.
The annual Maui Walk of Heroes is also a gathering for local non-profits and community groups, as the Akaku ‘ohana celebrates another successful year of community media in Maui County.
The Aug. 10 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 cable TV channels.
For more information on the event, call 871-5554.