Akakū: Maui Community Media is an independent, non-profit corporation established in 1992 to promote the creation of media by, for and about our community. By promoting community media, we preserve, develop and enhance diversity of thought, culture and heritage.

Akakū’s mission is, “Empowering Our Community’s Voice Through Access To Media.” Akakū is a vital resource serving all the communities of Maui Nui. “Akakū” means a reflection, as in a mirror.

Our goals are to:

  • Advocate the use and benefits of community access television and other media.
  • Encourage the production and distribution of non-commercial programs directly related to the

    communities of Maui Nui.

  • Encourage the creation of programs aimed at preserving, developing, and enhancing the

    diversity of thought, culture, and heritage within Hawaiʻi.

  • Facilitate lifelong learning and community participation in the democratic process.
  • Provide equipment, facilities, training and other resources to meet the needs of our community.
  • Serve as a local information exchange.
  • Develop cooperative partnerships with public, educational, and government representatives,

    organizations and agencies, to further the goals of community access to the media.

  • To the extent funding is available, use and incorporate emerging technologies that will benefit

    community access users.

  • Maintain cable channels dedicated to public use, free of censorship and control of program

    content, except as necessary to comply with state or federal law.

  • Provide equitable access to community channels, facilities and equipment.

    Akakū programs air on cable channels in Maui County. Any change in channel numbers will be posted on the Akakū website. Current channels are:

  • Channel 53 – “Green Channel” - Government and Civic Affairs
  • Channel 54 – “Red Channel” – Public and Educational Access
  • Channel 55 – “Blue Channel” - Live Programming and Special Features
    Akakū channels stream live at www.akaku.org, and some programs are available on demand on our website. Copies of programs can be purchased from Akakū at 333 Dairy Road, Kahului, 871-5554, if the producer has consented to duplication.

    The Akakū website: www.akaku.org and the MauiTube platform www.mauitube.org feature the latest Akakū news. Mobile journalism videos produced by Maui County youth in Akakū’s Project YBEAM are showcased at: www.ybeam.mauitube.org

    Akakū manages KAKU-LP 88.5FM, a low-power, broadcast, non-profit, community radio station, that is streaming on the Akakū website.


Akakū welcomes all community members to use the Akakū channels, facilities, equipment and educational resources. Community members are encouraged to check out our website, give us a call or stop by to discover how they can enjoy and benefit from community media.

• Any Maui County resident may submit a video to air on Akakū channels.
• Any Maui County resident may record a short video during “open mic” sessions, which will be

cablecast on Akakū channels.
• Akakū offers a wide range of classes, including field and studio production, video editing, and mobile journalism.
• Certified Community Producers may use Akakū equipment and facilities to produce non-commercial videos and studio shows for airing on Akakū channels, at no charge other than the annual $35 Community Producer fee. (Extended studio time and special production equipment are available at discounted rates.)

• On occasion, Akakū equipment and facilities may be rented to commercial producers or local organizations, subject to availability.

• Akakū offers education programs designed especially for Maui County youth.
• Akakū actively supports Maui County non-profit organizations and provides coverage of many community events. Akakū also cablecasts meetings of the Maui County Council and Boards and Commissions.
• Akakū has ongoing internship programs for youth and adults.
• Akakū welcomes volunteers for field and studio productions and administrative support.


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