Earth Foundation

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Television Programs in Spanish for Oahu & the State of Hawaii

Earth Foundation is working to provide television communications and programming to Hawaii’s Hispanics. Hispanics are nearly 10% of Oahu’s and the State of Hawaii’s population, including Hispanic residents from 23 different Latin American countries. Hispanics have a legacy in the Hawaiian Islands of more than 200 years of contributions to the economy and culture.  Hispanics brought the first horses to Hawaii. Vaqueros from Mexico and Spain trained Hawaiians to become cowboys known in Hawaii as “paniolos.” And, Hispanics brought to Hawaii the first string instruments such as the guitar.

Hispanics are Hawaii’s fastest growing ethnic community. Hispanics are the third largest ethnic group in Hawaii. As of 2009 Hispanics are estimated to be 10% to 13% of the population of the State of Hawaii and every Hawaiian Island. According to the U.S. Census 2000 data, there are nearly 90,000 Hispanic residents in the state of Hawaii.  But as typical throughout the U.S., the 2000 Census did not count substantial numbers of Hispanics who live in Hawaii. In Hawaii, the U.S. Census 2000 did not count the many Hispanics and their families stationed in Hawaii in the military, Hispanic foreign students in Hawaii, and many Hispanics who because of language and other concerns did not register for the Census. Separately, Spanish is the second most taught language in Hawaii, after #1 English.  Many thousands of non-Hispanics throughout Hawaii study Spanish in Hawaii’s schools and colleges.

Hawaii Hispanics’ Educational Television. This is needed to purchase or produce television programs to help provide education and communications through television for Hawaii’s underserved and under-recognized Hispanic community.  The  most important cultural contribution a television program can make to Oahu’s Hispanics is to be broadcast in the SPANISH language on television. To hear THEIR Spanish language on television gives Oahu’s and the State of Hawaii’s Hispanics pride, dignity, and identity.  Documenting Hawaii’s Hispanic Culture on video and film and broadcasting it on television and watching it on video is the power to maintain and grow this Culture.

EF is interested in securing grants and funding to purchase & produce local Hispanic TV programming and purchase equipment so Oahu and the State of Hawaii’s Hispanic community will be better served.

Some of the LOCAL ISSUES AFFECTING OAHU AND THE STATE OF HAWAII’S HISPANICS that could be of service in television programs for local Hispanics INCLUDE:

  • Oahu’s large U.S. Military establishment with many military bases and many Hispanic soldiers and their families stationed in Hawaii.

  • Therefore, of substantial interest are the current Global Terrorism War, the Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War and the potential threat of such types of wars before they start.

  • 9/11 and all its military implications thereafter on the Oahu military establishment and its many Hispanic soldiers and their families in Hawaii.

  • Hispanic immigrants, foreign students, and their families in Hawaii.

  • Immigration and Deportation issues and policies anywhere in the U.S. and Latin America, and their possible implications and impact on Oahu’s & Hawaii’s Hispanics.

  • New medical and health knowledge and news and their implications and importance to local Hispanics.

  • Hispanic politics, business, and labor stories and issues anywhere in the U.S. and Latin America and their possible implications and impact on Oahu’s Hispanics.

  • U.S. economy and gasoline prices and their impact on Oahu’s Hispanics.

And, Hawaii’s Hispanics love to be entertained, and to talk and dance.  They love it if Hispanic TV programs feature their beloved land of Hawaii.  So Earth Foundation helped them in two television programs that were shot in Hawaii and broadcast in Hawaii and nationally across the U.S.

“Despierta America”:

The morning talk show Despierta America is the Hispanic equivalent of NBC’s “Today” show.

See PHOTOS on the next page.

“Caliente”:

An episode of the “Caliente” television program was shot in Hawaii. See PHOTOS on the second page.