Media nonprofit announces awards, new studio space

Community and broadcasting award winners named, new broadcast model and studio announced.

ThinkTech community service and broadcasting award winners.
ThinkTech community service and broadcasting award winners.

ThinkTech Hawaii presented six awards at its Annual Holiday Party at the Laniakea YWCA on December 4, and announced the January 6 launch of ThinkTech 3.0, which involves a new broadcasting model and new studio on Bishop Street.

Community Service awards were presented to Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science at UH Manoa, for his work on climate change and his contributions to making Hawaii more sustainable; Robert Pennybacker, Director of Learning Initiatives at PBS Hawaii. for his work on developing the HIKI NO series and his contributions to the education of our kids on digital storytelling; and Mark Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, for his work on the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and on raising public confidence in the administration of justice in our state.  

ThinkTech Broadcasting Awards were also presented to Yukari Kunisue as Host of the Year, for her work on the “Konnichiwa Hawaii” Japanese-English talk show on ThinkTech; to “Condo Insider” as Show of the Year, created by attorney Jane Sugimura and real estate professional Richard Emery, for its contributions to public awareness on condominium management and operation; and to Hawaiian Electric Company as Underwriter of the Year, for its long-term support and participation in our ThinkTech programming.

Clare Connors, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii presented keynote remarks on the variety of issues she has faced during her first 12 months in office. 

ThinkTech also announced plans for its transition to a new model of broadcasting, that is, ThinkTech 3.0, on January 6th. It will be relocating to a more compact studio space in a larger suite of offices at the Finance Factors Building at 1164 Bishop Street.

The new studio will include a television-type background production system, remote video technology, and higher speed broadband provided by ServPac. These changes will allow a more efficient and less costly operation in which ThinkTech plans to expand its streaming schedule to include a broader array of talk show hosts and guests.

ThinkTech Hawaii, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) Hawaii nonprofit digital media corporation founded in 2001 and dedicated to providing a platform for civic engagement for tech, energy, diversification and global awareness in Hawaii.

ThinkTech streams more than 30 live talk shows a week on and It posts them on and iTunes and broadcasts the most popular ones on Olelo 54. See

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