What’s Up On Spectrum OC16 In March

Spring Headlines

Spring is in the air, and as we head down the home stretch of our 29th
season of high school sports on Spectrum OC16/XCast, here’s a couple
stories to look out for in the final three months.

Finally, A Football Alliance

Perhaps the biggest news over the last few weeks is the upcoming prep
football season. The OIA and ILH have agreed to a two-year pilot
program which allows schools from both leagues to compete against
each other during the 2018 season. The leagues will remain independent
from each other in regards to determining league champions and
deciding state tournament berths, and games between the two leagues
will only count towards a team’s overall record. The breakdown looks
like this…

Open Division

Campbell, Farrington, Kahuku, Kamehameha, Kapolei,
Mililani, Punahou, Saint Louis, Waianae

Division I

Aiea, Castle, Damien, Kailua, Leilehua, Moanalua, Nanakuli,  Radford,
Saint Francis, Waipahu

Division II

Iolani, Kaimuki, Kaiser, Kalaheo, Kalani, McKinley, Pac-Five,
Pearl City, Roosevelt, Waialua

The official schedule of games is still to be determined, but the hope of
the new format is for increased gate revenues, more competitive games,
fewer injuries and fewer lopsided results. Football fans rejoice! Season
30 on Spectrum OC16/XCast is rapidly approaching.

OIA West Softball

The Campbell Sabers are the reigning queens of the diamond and this
season the OIA West will once again be a fight for the crown. With
nearly every team losing significant pieces to their pitching core from
last year, the level of competition will be fierce. Look for Kapolei,
Mililani, Campbell and Pearl City once again making a run for the
division title. But don’t be surprised if Leilehua makes some noise.
The Mules graduated just two seniors from 2017, they have an
experienced pitcher in Kaena Nistal, and an infield that’s as good as
any in the OIA.

Baseball, Softball and Boys Volleyball seasons are here! Catch all the
action on Spectrum OC16/XCast and on oc16.tv!

A Passion For Telling Great Stories

When you hear the name Howard Dashefsky mentioned, many
local people will immediately think of sports. The popular KHON
News Anchor and ”Sports People Hawaii” producer was a standout
first baseman for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Baseball team,
helping lead UH to a second place finish in the 1980 College World
Series. When his playing days were over, Dash, as he is affectionately
known by his colleagues, launched a career in television on the news
and as a color commentator on OC16 telecasts of high school sports.
His warm and engaging personality made him an instant favorite
with local viewers.

     In addition to his duties as co-anchor of the KHON News, Dash
produces “Sports People Hawaii” on OC16. On March 26th, the show
will premiere its 100th episode, quite an accomplishment for a small
two-man operation. Dash serves as producer, writer and host. Sila
Luaifoa handles the videography, graphics and editing. Together, the
team has garnered three regional Emmy awards during its long run
on OC16.   

     When asked about what “Sports People Hawaii” is all about, Dash
is quick to point out that it’s not a “sports show”.  There are plenty of
shows that will tell you who won the games and show you scores and
”Sports People Hawaii” is all about the story within the story, and
profiles everyday people living extraordinary lives. One of Dash’s
favorite stories is that of Keahi Inay, a former Track and Field athlete
at Campbell High School who lives with autism and has overcome
multiple challenges in his young life. And Clark Little, a local surf
photographer who, with no formal training, has become world-
ned in his field and produces awe-inspiring images of surfing
and the ocean. Profiles like these are stories that Dash loves sharing,
and the reason that he’s so passionate about his role as a storyteller. 

  For Dash, a big part of his motivation is in knowing that these
stories bring joy to the show’s viewers. Hawaii has an abundance of
people who live fascinating lives while enjoying the outdoor beauty
of our islands. And “Sports People Hawaii” will continue introducing
you to these special people. The 100th episode of “Sports People
Hawaii” premieres
Monday, March 26 at 7pm.

“Showcase Hawaii” Highlights Gifts For Spring

The only shopping show featuring items made locally is celebrating
Easter! “Showcase Hawaii” will feature pendant crosses in koa
wood inlaid with stainless steel or sterling silver, with blue or white
along with matching earrings.  They’ll also showcase rings with a
multi-colored maile design or a stunning opalite wave design in
sterling silver. Make sure you tune in – there are limited quantities
and you’ll get free shipping with this episode of “Showcase Hawaii”,
Saturday, March 3 at a special time, 9:30pm,
immediately following the OIA Softball doubleheader.

Da Tita Joins The “Cooking Hawaiian Style” Season Finale

Melveen Leed joins host Lanai Tabura for another amusing episode!
On the menu is her famous Ika Ono Poke Salad, Lazy Tita Dinna
(Tulip Luncheon Meet with Stringbeans), Tomato Sauce Cake and
Baked Tulip Luncheon Meat. Check out the “Cooking Hawaiian
Style” season finale,
Monday, March 5 at 7:30pm.

“Dis-N-Dat” Continues With New Episodes In March

 Just in time for prom and wedding season, Kutmaster Spaz and
Ruth Melchor will feature MilaNiko and Phil’s Tux where you
can buy or rent the finest European men’s suits and formal
accessories, wedding gowns and women’s dresses. You’ll also
meet one of Hawaii’s youngest DJs – Jojo Flow. At 13, Jojo is a
living example of never giving up and trying your best to fulfill
your dreams. And if you’re looking to capture something special,
photographer Mapuana Reed specializes in bringing out a
woman’s inner beauty through her lens. Check out the hottest
local music with IA and finish with some fun at Wild Tiki Fun
Zone. Catch “Dis-N-Dat”
Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

Coming In April

• Da Braddahs & Friends Return
• NEW SERIES! Everything Hawaii
• OIA Baseball
• OIA Boys V0lleyball
• OIA Softball