Akaku: Maui Community Media is a non-profit community media center that was established in 1992 with public, educational, and government (PEG) access franchise funds, securing nonprofit status in 1994. Akaku reaches 53,000 cable subscribers and 45,000 KAKU radio listeners in Maui County. With a total 12 full time employees and three casual employees on Molokai and Maui, Akaku supports community members telling their stories by providing professional video coverage for local events and stories, offering training and access to equipment and software at Maui and Molokai media centers, and sharing county residents videos on Akaku stations. The Akaku mission is Empowering our communities voice through access to media.
Project YBEAM (Youth Broadband Education and Awareness Mentoring) was originally developed in 2011 with a two-year BTOP, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, grant through Zero Divide in San Francisco. The purpose of the grant was to support social justice, equity, and digital access through broadband technology for diverse social change initiatives in under-served communities. This initiative was part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, and was created to promote the development and adoption of broadband throughout the United States, particularly in un-served and under-served areas. Since inception, YBEAM has provided free training to over 250 young people on Maui and Molokai.