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by Ashley Hawkins, student writer

 

 

KWHE is a Christian-based network that televises local sports events, including Hawai‘i Bowling, and evening shows appropriate for young children and families. It works with more than 40 churches, producing 30-second commercials, live ministries, and coverage of church events such as pageants, choir performances, dramas, and a weekly teaching series.

HPU staff and athletes appreciate the effort KHWE makes to cover HPU sports events.
“ KHWE benefits the University by providing student athletes with an opportunity to exhibit their talents,” said HPU’s Athletic Director, Jill Ward. “It also presents HPU in a positive light to the community at large.”

James Fowler, HPU senior and captain of the two-time national champion Small Coed Cheerleading Team, concurred.

“ I think it’s great that they show the cheerleaders because it shows school spirit and participation at all the games. When HPU sports are broadcast across Hawai‘i, it lets everyone know what HPU is up to.

“ It’s also great to have my mom call me and tell me that she has seen me on TV cheering for a volleyball or basketball game.”

According to KWHE-14 General Manager Tony Boquer, the station is looking for interns who would like to work in the KWHE studio, right next to the HPU campus on Bishop Street. Interns would not be paid, but they would be given the opportunity to learn various aspects of television broadcasting from engineering, master control, production, sales, and administration.

The station would provide documentation for hours worked by the student, said Boquer, who organizes the many shows and programs that run on the station’s network. Born and raised in the Philippines, Boquer graduated from Ateneo De Manila University, a Jesuit Catholic school at which he acquired his B.A. and M.B.A. in business management.

From the Philippines Boquer moved to Louisiana where he lived in “Cajun country,” as he calls it, for 10 years before moving to Honolulu where Linda Kawamura, at the time a human resources manager for several furniture stores, hired him as a sales representative. Boquer quickly moved into management, and he credits Kawamura, who is now vice president of Human Resources at HPU, for giving him the opportunity to work. “She was the first lady who gave me a break,” Boquer said.
Boquer worked at KWHE for six years, and then spent nine years as principal of Holy Family Catholic School before he returned to TV to manage the station.

KWHE’s Most Popular talk show is Around a Cup of Coffee, which airs Mondays and includes four members of churches or ministries who discuss moral issues. Despite this, Boquer said, “We’re either known as the bowling station, the HPU station, or the Hawai‘i Five-O station.” But all these names are just fine with him. The station emphasizes family programming, with shows such as Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Hawai‘i Five-O.

KWHE owns a satellite truck that can tape major events and broadcast them to mainland stations. The station has covered the Pro Bowl and such events as golfing sensation Michelle Wie turning pro.
“ We had the tapes for those events, and we’re the ones that sent the satellite signal back to the mainland stations such as ESPN,” Boquer said.

KWHE assists public access channel OC 16 with some of its satellite connections and tapes surf competitions such as Wave Riders Against Drugs.

KWHE-14 programming can be seen on Channel 11 on O‘ahu, Maui Oceanic 3, and Hilo-Kona Oceanic 11. The summer is considered their off season, but come September, said Boquer, viewers can count on a lot of entertainment.

HPU sports coverage starts in the fall and continue throughout the spring.

For a complete schedule of programs and times, visit the KWHE Web site at www.kwhe.com For more information regarding the internship position, call Kelly Pangelina at (808) 538-1414 or e-mail her kpangelina@lesea.com.
 

Support HPU volleyball at NBC

The 2006 HPU women’s volleyball season is coming to an end, with two home games remaining. The Lady Sea Warriors (3-11) will face Dixie State College (9-6) on Oct. 24 at the Neal Blaisdell Center (NBC) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but parking will cost $5.

The following night, HPU will take on the ninth-ranked Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i (11-0) at the NBC at 7:30 p.m. It will be senior night for All-American Barbara Martin and Melissa Sekigawa, both of whom will be honored after the game.

“ It would mean a lot to us if everyone came out to support the seniors’ last home game,” said Sekigawa, who added that everyone attending senior night is encouraged to wear white.

The games will be televised on KWHE-TV Channel 11 or 14.

 

 

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