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UH West Oʻahu creative media students and Interim Chancellor Doris Ching accept $25,000 Regal Cinemas donation.

The Academy for Creative Media program at the University of Hawai’i–West Oʻahu received a $25,000 donation from Regal Cinemas to enhance the program through student scholarships, student workshops with industry experts, and new equipment and supplies for its creative media faculty and majors.

“On behalf of the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) System, this is a wonderful recognition of the talent and promise of the students and faculty at UH West Oʻahu,” said UH West Oʻahu Interim Chancellor Doris Ching. “Mahalo for this extraordinary gift.”

As part of Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 preview events April 17–19, it offered $3 movies, $3 popcorn and $3 soft drinks. A portion of their proceeds went to UH West Oʻahu’s creative media program.

ACM students develop West is Best community trailer

UH West Oʻahu’s creative media students recently developed a community trailer for an internship course, which received a limited run at Regal Cinemas Kapolei Commons 12 through collaboration with the MacNaughton Group. UH West Oʻahu’s ACM students— Mahea Kahala, Julian Silveria, Melissa Garabiles, Kevin Bechayda, Kauluwehi Kato and August Harrington—pitched, wrote, edited, produced and starred in the trailer, titled West is Best, which captured the essence of the west side of Oʻahu by highlighting notable landmarks and activities.

“Creating this new trailer for the MacNaughton Group was a terrific opportunity for our UH West Oʻahu creative media students to demonstrate their production skills and all of us could not be more proud to see their work on the big screen of its beautiful new luxury theater,” ACM Director Chris Lee said.

A UH West Oʻahu news release