University of Hawai'i
(808) 956-8856 Telephone
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2000
Contact: David Lassner, director, Information and Technology Services, 956-5025; email@example.com
|"High Tech Hawai'i" examines Internet's role
in Hawaiian culture|
Some Internet critics say the "anywhere, anytime" pace of the Internet diminishes Hawai'i's quality of life and cherished values, but many educators are harnessing this technology to preserve indigenous languages and culture. Wednesday's "High Tech Hawai'i" show, the last of the 1999-2000 season, will highlight the use of the Internet in the promotion of Hawaiian language, music and culture.
Keola Donaghy will discuss how Hale Kuamo'o, the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Hawaiian Language Center, uses Internet technology to teach Hawaiian and enhance the language's rebirth as a live aspect of the culture in the 21st century. The center's activities include a Hawaiian language bulletin board, access to current and archival publications in Hawaiian, Hawaiian language radio announcements and new Web technologies to encourage correct usage of the language online.
Singer, composer and slack key guitarist Keola Beamer is one of the state's foremost Hawaiian musicians. While well-known for his leadership in both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, Beamer also innovatively uses the Internet to share his music with people across the globe. His Web site includes clips from music videos, access to online slack key guitar lessons, information for fans and an online store for his CDs and instructional materials.
"High Tech Hawaii" is a live, monthly call-in show produced by the University of Hawai'i to shed light on high technology activities within the state. The show airs on the fourth Wednesday of each month during the academic year from 8 to 9 p.m. During the live airing of the program, questions may be called in to 956-5670 or 1-800-342-7949 (neighbor islands) or sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The show can be seen live on PEG Access cable channels throughout the state as well as on GTE Americast. On O'ahu Cable, it is on Channel 55, on GTE Channel 21, on Kaua'i Channel 10 and on Hawai'i Channel 4 (Hilo area) or 13 (Kona). "High Tech Hawai'i" is also Webcast live on the Internet with RealPlayer, which is available free for both PC and Macintosh computers. The "High Tech Hawaii" homepage with related Web sites and Webcast archives is available at: http://www.hawaii.edu/dl/hth.