C-SPAN bus visiting Maui next week

The Maui News

C-SPAN’s 45-foot bus will visit the county building, high schools and historic sites on Maui next week as part of its 14-month “50 Capitals Tour.”

The Washington, D.C.-based public affairs network bus has been touring the country since September 2017, engaging students, community members and elected officials through on-board interactive tablets and stations, and by talking with residents about issues important to them for its social media campaign, “Voices from the States.”

Shipped from San Diego on Aug. 8, the bus arrived Wednesday in Honolulu, the 39th capital city that C-SPAN has visited on its tour.

“We are excited to have this extended opportunity to introduce more Hawaiians to C-SPAN programming, particularly young Hawaiians, and to create content that will introduce our viewers around the rest of the country to some of Hawaii’s rich political, historical and literary culture,” said Susan Swain, co-chief executive officer of C-SPAN, in a news release.

While in Hawaii, C-SPAN, in coordination with Spectrum, will host community events and produce public affairs programming, including segments for its ongoing “C-SPAN Cities Tour.” The programming will showcase Hawaii venues, public officials, nonfiction authors and local historians and will be featured on all three C-SPAN networks Oct. 6 and 7.

The bus will arrive on Maui on Tuesday and spend three days touring the island. The schedule for the visit is:

• Tuesday: Welcome event at the county building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; visit to Queen Ka’ahumanu Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday: Baldwin High School from 8 to 10 a.m., the University of Hawaii Maui College from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maui Economic Development Board from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. The visits to MEDB and the sugar museum are not open to the public.

• Thursday: Lahainaluna High School from 8 to 10 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Maui at Tante’s Island Cuisine from noon to 1:30 p.m. and Iao Valley State Monument, an event that is not open to the public.

In Hawaii, C-SPAN can be viewed on channel 45. C-SPAN2, featuring Book TV, can be found on channel 47, while C-SPAN3, featuring American History TV, is on channel 46 and on the web at C-SPAN.org.