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"Aloha Authentic with Kamaka Pili" is our television talk show on ʻŌlelo Community Media that started airing in 2015. In this show, Kamaka Pili sat down with artists, practitioners, kūpuna and community members to capture their stories and their understanding of the word "Aloha". The world know "Aloha" as "hello, goodbye, I love you", however to our Hawaiian ancestors, it meant much more than that. Our hope was that our viewers walk away understanding a little deeper sense of the word "Aloha" and our "Aloha spirit". The show ended in 2018.
With social media, we are able to engage with others across the globe. With a swipe of a finger or a tap on the cell phone screen, the opportunity is there to tell stories. So we are dedicated to creating fast and easy content that shares Hawaiian culture, history and education that would fit in the attention space of someone scrolling through their feed. We invite you to FOLLOW us on Instagram @aloha.authentic and on Facebook @alohaauthentic.
In January 2018, we had a fortunate and blessed opportunity to produce weekly segments on KHON2 News during the morning newscast. In February 2019, that has grown to multiple shows per week during both morning and evening newscasts. The growth of our exposure shows us that the interest of Hawaiian culture, history and knowledge is there.
Launched in Fall 2019, "Aloha Authentic" returned with monthly half-hour specials on KHON2 News, Hawai'i's CW and KHII that continues the conversations with cultural practitioners, local artisans, kūpuna and community members. CLICK HERE to see what aired already and what is coming next.
ALOHA MAI and Welcome to ALOHA AUTHENTIC
Aloha Authentic was established in 2014 by a group called Hawaiʻi Culture and Retail Association. Because their mission was to help local artisans build their brands, when they realized they had the opportunity for a television show, they jumped at it.
Every artist has their own way expressing their stories. Artisans who are entrepreneurs try to find opportunities to share their stories. This show would be that chance to share our stories.
On the contrary, this also would be an opportunity to speak with our kūpuna (elders), listen to their knowledge, and learn from their experiences. This show would be an opportunity to archive their voices and their stories for future generations to learn from.