Project YBEAM is supported by the Akaku Education Department.
Akaku Education Director
YBEAM/ AYME Program Director
Kat Tracy is Director of Akaku’s innovative new media youth program, YBEAM and the advanced mentor program AYME. Kat developed the YBEAM curriculum and she facilitates the month long program throughout Maui Nui. Kat also maintains the program site, MauiTube.org that hosts the YBEAM program content and their community stories produced by program youth. Kat continues to be instrumental in beta testing both the VeriTV and VeriLocal video hosting sites developed by leading new media journalism pioneers VeriCorder. Furthering the research and work of YBEAM, Kat looks forward to helping Akaku integrate mobile journalism tools and workflow into the greater community, expanding the organizations mission to empowering Maui’s voice through access to media.
Kat’s freelance video production company, Kat Tracks Hawaii, has been in business since 2000. Kat has worn a variety of hats as a supporting crewmember on numerous movie and TV productions, both Nationally and Internationally. Kat produced two award-winning documentaries, “Passing the Gift” and “The Road to Hana Clean-Up”. Kat also served as the Media Director for the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association until 2005, writing press releases and sending video content worldwide. Additionally, Kat taught media production skills to Maui youth through the Paia Youth and Cultural Center’s ‘Venture Media’ program.
Kat has a degree in Electronic Technology Engineering with a minor in Communications. Kat has been on Maui since 1988 and came to Hawaii to learn more about her mother’s Hawaiian roots and to learn to surf, windsurf and kite. Kat has successfully raised three daughters.