The Filmmakers

Miles M. Jackson, Ph.D.
Dr. Jackson is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. He served for twenty years in the School of Library and Information Studies, and was Dean from 1982 – 1995.

He is a graduate of Virginia Union University and earned a masters degree from Drexel University’s College of Information Studies and a Ph.D. in Communication from Syracuse University. He began his career as a librarian/ information specialist with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Following a few years in Philadelphia he held positions as Head Librarian at Hampton University, 1958-1962; Territorial Librarian, American Samoa; Chief Librarian, Atlanta University Center; Associate Professor, State University of New York.

He has over 50 articles in various professional publications and as a freelance writer he is an occasional contributor to the Honolulu Advertiser. Among the seven books written or edited are Pacific Islands Studies, (1986), Publishing in the Pacific (1985), Linkages Over Space and Time (1986), And They Came (2001), and They Followed the Trade Winds: African Americans in Hawaii (2005). He writes a monthly column for Mahogany, Covering People of Color.

Consultantships have been in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia. In 1968/69 he was a Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Tehran, Iran and received a Ford Foundation award for travel in East and West Africa. His work in Asia and the Pacific was for the United States Information Agency and U.S. State Department Specialists Program.

Steve Okino
As a media professional, Steve Okino offers a distinctive depth and breadth of achievement and experience. His extensive credits in content creation include educational, news, documentary, and advocacy programming. Most recently, Steve served as a writer for the latest film by Hawai‘i icons Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Lahaina: Waves of Change, winner of the Pacific Panorama award at the 2007 Hawai‘i International Film Festival. He was co-producer and writer of the PBS Hawai‘i documentary production Ma Ka Malu Ali‘i on Hawai‘i’s Ali‘i trusts, first broadcast in February 2007.

Steve wrote, produced, and directed the acclaimed documentary A Most Unlikely Hero, which premiered on PBS Hawai‘i and is distributed by American Public Television, and has written and produced for the PBS Hawai‘i series, Financing Your Future, and Spectrum Hawai‘i.

Steve served as a bureau manager and producer for CBS News and CBS Television Stations for more than a decade, and also worked as a radio and newspaper reporter. He also writes and consults for major Hawai‘i corporations and non-profit organizations seeking to fulfill marketing, communications, and publication programs and goals.

Steve holds a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he was an NBC Graduate Fellow. He completed a postgraduate fellowship in public affairs through the CORO Foundation. His undergraduate degree was awarded by the University of Cincinnati.