What’s Up On Spectrum OC16 In June

Season 29: A Year To Remember

The 2017-2018 sports season was one for the ages. Thrilling games, heart
stopping plays and historic moments captivated us throughout the year.
Here’s a quick look back…

FOOTBALL: Saint Louis Wins State Championship In Epic Fashion Over Kahuku.

Crusader quarterback Chevan Cordeiro (UH) threw for 440 yards and three
touchdowns, including the game-winning score to Jonah Panoke (UH) with
37 seconds left to knockout Kahuku 31-28 and claim their second straight
Open Division title.

FOOTBALL: Lunas In Ooooooovertime Classic Claims DII Crown.

That’s one “O” for each overtime Lahainaluna and Konawaena battled for the
DII crown. In a game that lasted seven extra periods and four hours and ten
minutes, the Lunas’ Joshua Tihada dove in for the game-winning touchdown
to win their second consecutive state championship.


Kamehameha’s Braelyn Akana led the way with nine kills in a 25-20, 25-22,
31-29 sweep over ILH rival Iolani to win their 21st state volleyball title.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Konawaena Is Queen Of The Court.

The Konawaena Wildcats only played six players led by Cherilyn Molina (22
points, 8 rebounds) and Mikayla Tablit (15 points, 7 rebounds) to topple
unbeaten Maryknoll 47-32 and win a record tying fourth straight state
championship and ninth overall.

SOFTBALL: Mules Make Softball History In Manoa.

The OIA West rules the softball world once again as Leilehua hammers two
grand slams from Gigi Araki and Kaena Nistal to defeat Punahou 14-4 in six
innings. Mules win their first state title in school history.

BASEBALL: Damien Finally Does It. Baldwin Does It…Again.

Domination is the only word to describe the DII and DI state championship
games. The Monarchs’ Shiloh Kaeo went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI, to lead Damien
to a 12-0 five-inning victory over Radford. Baldwin racked up nine hits and
14 runs en route to a five-inning win over Waiakea 14-4 to win their second
DI title in three years.

And so…the season ends.

BUT, the 30th season of high school sports on Spectrum OC16 and
Spectrum XCast is rapidly approaching. And we got some surprises in store.

HUGE MAHALO for your continued support of high school athletics!
For more info on what’s coming up log on to OC16.TV.

A Producer With An Endless Motor

Ron Darby

If you looked up the word “busy” in the dictionary, you might see a photo of
Ron Darby. Ron is a longtime Spectrum OC16 producer and currently
handles production for THREE of Spectrum OC16’s shows:  “Island Driver
TV”, “The Pet Hui” and “Generations TV”. 

But as a young man, he didn’t plan on working in the sometimes chaotic,
fast-paced world of television. Growing up in Kaneohe, he initially set his
sights on a career in the culinary industry.  After taking classes at Maui
Community College, his future took an unexpected turn. As a side job,
he was hired to film guests on sailboat rides. As his skills grew as a
cameraman, he eventually began filming weddings. As he developed his
overall production and editing skills, he transitioned to producing
educational videos and other client-based projects. 

After acquiring the skills to produce quality projects in different
environments, Ron decided to branch out in a whole new direction,
producing his first show, “Island Driver TV”, hosted by Ed Kemper.
The show has long been a hit with local car enthusiasts and also airs  in
markets on the US Mainland, including Miami, Boston and Salt Lake City. 

“Island Driver TV” gave rise to two other shows, “The Pet Hui” and
“Generations TV”. Although the subject matter of the three shows are all
distinctly different, the common thread is Ron’s love of telling interesting
stories. If Ron finds a story he likes, whether it involves a unique custom
auto, a remarkable kupuna or an indispensable service animal, he will find
a compelling and engaging way of telling the story. One of Ron’s favorites
is one that unfolded over the course of three years 
that traced the touching
story of the birth and early years of a Golden Retriever who was initially
still-born, but was revived.  Then, as the puppy grew up, it was eventually
specially trained to assist people with special needs. Today, this remarkable
canine is the companion of a Vietnam veteran stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. 

His work on the three shows keeps Ron on the run just about every day.
He is shooting segments virtually seven days a week and he’s normally a
“one-man-band”, handling camerawork, sound and lighting. What makes
him effective as a producer is his ability to use his friendly, engaging
personality to gain people’s trust and make them feel comfortable enough
to let their guard down and be relaxed while the camera is rolling. It is a
skill that serves him well, as this tireless producer continues to provide
Spectrum OC16 with some of its most popular shows.

“Pakele Live” Kicks Off Their 16th Season

Napua Greig

Producer Pali Ka’aihue brings you the sounds of our island artists as they
perform live from The Willows Restaurant. This season, we’ll hear from
Na Hoku Hanohano winner and Kumu Hula Napua Greig, Kaiau, Kamuela
Kahoano, Mike Tulba, slack key guitarist George Kuo, Shawn Pimental &
Lehua Kalima, Imua Garza, Ali’i Keanaaina, Komakakino and more.
Catch the new season of “Pakele Live” every week starting
June 13 at 9:30pm.

Cal Ripken Baseball Returns To OC16

2018 will be the fourth year that OC16 has televised youth baseball in Hawaii.
The Cal Ripken Hawaii State Tournament brings forth the best 10U and 12U
players in the state to display their talents in hopes of continuing their journey
to the Pacific Southwest Regional and hopefully, on to the Cal Ripken World Series.

Since our first broadcast in 2015, many of the players featured have gone on to
play high school ball at their respective schools. Who will be the next stars-in-the-
making? Catch a semifinal and championship game of the 12U on
Saturday, June
and games from the 10U on Saturday, June 16 starting at 12pm on both days.

A Legend Retires

Mitzi Lehano

Mitzi Lehano, the creator and brain child of OC16, has retired after more than
35 years in the cable business.

While heading Oceanic Cable’s Advertising Sales department, Mitzi had a
thought of bringing live high school football to television. After a few calls
and countless meetings, the very first live high school football doubleheader
was broadcast in August of 1989.

In addition, Mitzi has helped OC16 become the home to locally-produced
series and specials and spearheaded the effort to make it “100% original, 100% local”.

In 2003, OC16 became the first television station to broadcast local programming 24/7.

She has helped to make bigger careers for many including Da Braddahs, Tiny Tadani,
Jenn Boneza and more.

We thank her for creating a unique channel that exemplifies the Aloha spirit and for
all the love and dedication she has brought the people of Hawaii throughout the years.

Flashback Fridays Return

It’s June and that means “Flashback Fridays” returns to Spectrum OC16!

Catch the best games of the 2017-2018 season from the excitement of the Open
Division Championship of the

HHSAA Football tournament, to the nail-biter finish in the HHSAA Division II
Baseball Championship. Re-live the action every Friday night at 7pm starting June 1.

JUNE 1 – HHSAA Girls Basketball Division I Quarterfinal: Waiakea vs. Kalani (from 2/1/18)

JUNE 8 – HHSAA Boys Basketball Division I Quarterfinal: Moanalua vs. Kalaheo (from 2/14/18)

JUNE 15 – ILH Softball: Maryknoll vs, Punahou from 3/17/18)

JUNE 22 – OIA Baseball: Division I Championship Mililani vs. Kailua (from 4/21/18)

JUNE 29 – OIA Softball Division I Semifinal: Leilehua vs. Roosevelt (from 4/27/18)

Coming In July

• NEW SEASON! Keiki Fishing Adventures