There’s a new bus in town.
C-SPAN, the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs network, in coordination with Spectrum, brought a 45-foot bus to Hawaii as part of the network’s 50 Capitals Tour.
Honolulu is the 39th capital city visit along the tour, and on Wednesday, the bus was parked in front of the Hawaii State Capitol for a welcome reception, before heading to Damien Memorial School, and Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Spalding Clubhouse.
The mobile production and educational vehicle is designed to engage students, community members, and elected officials through on-board interactive tablets and stations.
The bus is “decked out inside with videos, tablets, quizzes, a 360 camera, a selfie station, and then in the back, we have a presentation area where we show students our video library, and we also do live programming in our studio on the bus,” explained Jenae Green, C-SPAN marketing representative. “If you’ve never heard of C-SPAN before, you can go inside and see all you need to know. There’s videos, educational material. There’s a video library that has itself 240,000 hours of documented video, so if you’re even interested in politics, or just want to get more civically engaged and need a non-biased source to gain information, the C-SPAN Bus can give you that.”
The bus will be in Hawaii from Aug. 15-25. In addition to hosting community events, C-SPAN will produce public affairs programming, including segments for its ongoing tour.
The programming, which will showcase a variety of Hawaii venues, public officials, non-fiction authors, and local historians, will be featured on all three C-SPAN networks on Oct. 6-7.
“We’re excited to be here, back in town, exploring the culture and the history here in Hawaii, and investing in the community, because Spectrum is here, they are part of what created C-SPAN, so we like to give back and come when we can,” Green said.
Following events around Oahu, the Bus will depart by boat for Maui and then sail back to Oahu before its August 28 return voyage to San Diego.
In Hawaii, C-SPAN programming is provided by Spectrum as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 45; C-SPAN2, featuring Book TV, on channel 47; C-SPAN3, featuring American History TV, on channel 46 and on the web at www.C-SPAN.org.
All funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus and Cities Tour visits, are provided by cable and satellite television providers.
The C-SPAN Bus and C-SPAN Cities Tour will hold the following events open to the public:
Thursday, Aug. 16
- 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Waipahu High School
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mililani High School
- 3 to 5 p.m. – Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Windward Clubhouse
Friday, Aug. 17
- 9:30 a.m. to noon – Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
- 2 to 5 p.m. – Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Saturday, Aug. 18
- 3:30 to 6 p.m. – Duke’s Ocean Fest (tent will be near the Duke Kahanamoku statue)
Monday, Aug. 20
- 7 to 8:45 a.m. – Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise, The Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street
- 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. – Sacred Hearts Academy
- 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Central Middle School
Tuesday, Aug. 21
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Welcome event at Maui County’s Kalana O Maui Building
- 3 to 5 p.m. – Queen Kaahumanu Center
Wednesday, Aug. 22
- 8 to 10 a.m. – Baldwin High School
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – University of Hawaii Maui College (in the courtyard near the library and dining hall)
Thursday, Aug. 23
- 8 to 10 a.m. – Lahainaluna High School
- Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Kiwanis Club of Maui, Tante’s Island Cuisine, 100 W. Kaahumanu Avenue
Friday, Aug. 24
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Saint Louis School
- 1:30 to 3 p.m. – Chaminade University
Saturday, Aug. 25
- Noon to 4 p.m. – Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway