Earth Foundation

Stewards of the Land, Sea and Native Cultures

DENIED ACCESS

on Oceanic Cable to Hawaii’s only Spanish Language TV station

CALL TO ACTION

Our nonprofit media organization produces media to protect the environment and native culture in Hawaii, the Pacific, North America, Asia, and around the world.  We want to turn you on to an important story happening in Hawaii — about one of the gutsiest little TV stations in Hawaii and the United States. This brave, little Honolulu TV station is fighting an eleven year battle with Time Warner Cable in Hawaii and nationally to have this station’s excellent Spanish language television programming be put on its on own “Digital Basic” cable channel in Honolulu and statewide. Hawaii’s Hispanics love the programming, including national and local shows, but can only get it via the airwaves. But having no cable broadcasting of this solid, little TV station stops many Hispanics from seeing this Spanish language television programming they so desire.

We need your help. This TV station situation is a native culture problem in Hawaii that is seriously affecting Hawaii’s large Hispanic population. In these modern times Hispanics in Hawaii and America depend on Spanish language TELEVISION to help preserve their culture. Hispanics have played a prominent role in Hawaii for 220 years and are almost NINE PERCENT of the state’s population. The number one, Spanish language, national television programming is the Univision Network — and Hawaii’s Hispanics love watching Univision. The gutsy, independently locally owned, little Honolulu TV station for more than eleven years has been nonstop, reliably broadcasting Spanish language Univision programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the airwaves to Honolulu’s Hispanics.  But this Univision Hawaii TV station is not being allowed by the cable company to broadcast on “Digital Basic” cable on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Oahu and throughout the state. So the Spanish language TV station Univision Hawaii is running an independent, statewide campaign with Hawaii’s Hispanic community.  And your help is needed.

CALL TO ACTION: WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. WE NEED HISPANICS FROM HAWAII, THE U.S., AND ALL OVER THE WORLD

To stand behind their brothers and sisters in Hawaii and demand that Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Hawaii allow Hawaii’s only Spanish language television station to be broadcast statewide on “Digital Basic Cable.” It is not right for Hispanics who are almost NINE PERCENT of Hawaii’s population to not be given access to their beloved Spanish language television programming.

WE NEED THOUSANDS OF EMAIL MESSAGES SENT TO OCEANIC TIME WARNER CABLE, in Honolulu:

  • GO TO the Oceanic Cable website
  • Click on Help & Support
  • Click on Contact Us
  • Enter the appropriate information & select: TV Programming.
  • In the comment box section please write: “Yo Quiero Univision por favor” and “I’d like Univision Hawaii on Digital Basic please”

If the Honolulu Spanish language TV station had its own channel on Oceanic Cable, then Univision Hawaii could:

  • Create locally produced Spanish TV news broadcasts.  
  • Create local programming, content, commercials, and advertising.
  • Provide jobs and internships for individuals interested in Spanish-language television.  
  • Train Hawaii’s motivated Hispanic youth and adults in professional skills for careers in Hispanic television broadcasting.

Oceanic Cable doesn’t think Hawaii has enough Hispanics to justify having their own cable channel. That doesn’t make sense. Hispanics are one of the largest ethnic groups in the state. The 2010 U.S. Census finds Hawaii’s Hispanic population in the last decade increased a stunning 38% to 120,842 Hispanics who are 8.9% of the state’s population. The 2010 U.S. Census figure does not include: the thousands of Hispanics and their family members stationed in Hawaii in the military, the many Hispanic foreign students studying in Hawaii, and the many undocumented Hispanics living in Hawaii. Realistically, there are closer to 160,000 Hispanics in the state. Also about 12,000 non-Hispanics study Spanish in schools and colleges in Hawaii and they will watch Univision to better learn their Spanish. Spanish is the most taught language in Hawaii after English. The Chinese have their own television programming on Oceanic Cable, and so do the Koreans. Why don’t the Hispanics?

Hawaii’s Hispanics deserve to have their own Honolulu Spanish language television station on Oceanic’s “Digital Basic” cable service.

Aloha and THANK YOU for supporting this worthy cause of media to help support Hispanic native culture in Hawaii.

C.T. Ryder
President & General Manager
Univision Hawaii

For more information contact:
Herman H. Stern, Vice President
Univision Hawaii   55 South Kukui Street   Suite D-2708   Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Email: hermahstern@msn.com / Tel: 808-531-9930