When I see heavy equipment operators at work on the site of PBS Hawaii’s future NEW HOME on
Nimitz Boulevard, I think of the local expression: “Hemo and demo!” “Hemo” is
pidgin for remove; “demo,” of course, is English shorthand for demolish.
Our general contractor, Allied Builders System, is going strong, taking down walls, roof
lines, and other elements of the one-story former KFVE Newsplex, and carting
out the rubble. Workers also are strengthening and adding infrastructure,
including protected conduits to support cables and fiber links.
As the work visibly progresses to add a second story and create a modern educational media
center serving all islands, more people are taking an interest and even volunteering
hands-on help. We try for a personal touch at this statewide TV station—and we’re
thrilled when viewers reach out to us, too.
For example, here are some ways that viewers have offered to assist:
Viewers from towns and hamlets from every populated Hawaiian island except Niihau have made
contributions. Generally, these donors are not well-heeled philanthropists, but
people of modest means who are sacrificing to make a one-time capital
contribution. Our “free” over-the-air, educational programming reaches 25 of
the 25 most financially disadvantaged places in the islands.
- A longtime Oahu nursery wants to supply some of the landscaping plants.
- An accomplished Kauai woodworker wants to handcraft and donate a beautiful conference
- A fine artist has volunteered to paint a large wall with images that reflect the people
of the islands served by PBS Hawaii.
And, surprise! A top commercial television station, Hawaii News Now, made an
unprecedented gift of airtime for us to make our case to a different audience.
General manager Rick Blangiardi turned over to us the commercial breaks during
two 10:00 pm simulcast Hawaii News Now newscasts on January 13.
We believe in the truth of these sayings: Education is the great equalizer; and a rising
tide floats all boats.
Many people care about having universal access to educational programs, with quality
storytelling that profoundly touches lives. PBS Hawaii has raised $23.7 of our
$30 million goal.
With extensive grassroots support and major funding from respected charitable foundations and
the Hawaii State government, we are now appealing to more individuals and
businesses to help us turn the corner on our goal. We welcome checks, online
donations, and appreciated securities, such as stocks and bonds; retirement
assets, such as a gift from your IRA; and bequests.
We’d love to hear from you! Your name can become part of this NEW HOME, The
Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, for a donation of $500 or more. And with larger amounts,
there are excellent naming opportunities, such as a Keiki Neighborhood, HIKI NŌ
editing suite, and an emergency broadcast center.
From “hemo and demo,” let’s work together to create a new island home
for learning and discovery through authentic storytelling about Hawaii and the world.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the NEW HOME Campaign and help make PBS Hawaii's new home a reality.