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Truly A Privilege

 

A Special Message

By Robbie Alm
Outgoing Chair, PBS Hawai‘i Board of Directors

 

Robbie Alm, Outgoing Chair, PBS Hawai‘iAll of us who serve on the PBS Hawai‘i Board feel so privileged and honored to do so. It begins when we walk toward our new headquarters and pass the wall containing the names of all of you who supported the building of our new home. It is at once humbling and inspiring. And we know that we have a responsibility to honor the trust you have given us with your gifts.

 

As we come into and walk throughout the building, we can see – literally through all the glass – a very special and dedicated group of employees making the mission of PBS Hawai‘i live every day. They are the best at what they do and they approach their tasks with aloha for each other and for all of you who do us the honor of letting us become a part of your lives. And it is our privilege to support them.

 

PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox and Board Chair Robbie Alm untie the maile at this morning’s blessing ceremony and donor thank-you event at the public television station’s new home at 315 Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. Photo: PBS Hawai‘iHawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox and Board Chair Robbie Alm untying the maile lei at the grand opening of the station’s new home, September 21, 2016.

 

And as we have watched it grow, we have all come to understand how special and really extraordinary HIKI NŌ has become. The young people of Hawai‘i are now storytellers of nationwide fame and distinction, as they win award after award in national competitions. They show the skills honed through diligent and demanding work, under the guidance of our great HIKI NŌ team, including Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker, Managing Editor Sue Yim, Online Editor Nikki Minamoto and Administrative Assistant Susan Waldman. There were those who said that HIKI NŌ would never happen – and if by chance we got a statewide student news network of public, private and charter schools started, it would most certainly fail. Our young people, mostly from public schools, every day prove them wrong.

 

Alm, during his service as Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, with Deputy Director Susan Doyle, circa 1992.Alm, during his service as Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, with Deputy Director Susan Doyle, circa
1992.

 

It is also truly a great privilege and pleasure for all of us to support the very special leadership of Leslie Wilcox. She left the bright lights, fame and remuneration of commercial television, where she was one of the top-rated on-air newscasters in town, to join us, and she has been an amazing force since the day she got here. Her excellence as a journalist made a home in a place that features great public affairs programming (such as Insights), the drawing out of our community leaders (Leslie’s own Long Story Short) and showcasing special stories of Hawai‘i, making sure they are shared across our Islands and with the world. Nothing could speak more strongly to that than the 2015 studio concert of Jimmy Borges and the recent Eddie and Myrna Kamae film festival Leslie was entrusted to present. We are so lucky that PBS Hawai‘i turns out to be her life’s passion and we are in awe as we watch her go, and go, and go.

 

We are privileged to work with a great staff: Ashley Aurellano, Paula Biondine, Emily Bodfish, Linda Brock, Brian Bueza, Forest Butler, Meriel Collins, Alison Crabb, Patty Doo, Todd Fink, Paul Hayashida, Sam Hee, Drew Hironaga, Emilie Howlett, Lori Kaya, John Kovacich, Terry Lonokapu, Jill Loving, Karen Maddocks, Mariko Miho, Nikki Miyamoto, John Nakahira, Lawrence Pacheco, Robert Pennybacker, Liberty Peralta, Michael Powell, Richard Reyes, Jason Suapaia, Christina Sumida, Rianne Tsutsui, Susan Waldman and Karen Yamamoto.

 

And our Board members are so lucky to work as a group that brings great community wisdom, an ethic of laboring for love and for Hawai‘i, and an insistence on quality and passion, that includes: Muriel Anderson, Susan Bendon, Jodi Endo Chai, Keola Donaghy, Matt Emerson, Jake Fergus, Jason Fujimoto, Joanne Grimes, Jason Haruki, Noelani Kalipi, Joy Miura Koerte, Kamani Kuala‘au, Mary Ann Manahan, Bettina Mehnert, Cameron Nekota, Aaron Salā, Julie Shimonishi, Ka‘iulani Sodaro, Candy Suiso, Kent Tsukamoto, Huy Vo, Bruce Voss and shortly, Jim Duffy and Ian Kitajima. It is said that one of the best measures of a person is the company he or she keeps, and this company speaks for itself.

 

For me, this month brings to a close one of the most treasured journeys of my life. Education television was born in the same UH College of Education building in which my parents Dick and Julie Alm taught. As Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Hawai‘i Public Broadcasting Authority was a key part of my everyday life. And later when PBS Hawai‘i came into being as a community licensee, I joined the Board in 1999 and became Chair, succeeding Neil Hannahs, in 2009. Making sure that we finished the capital campaign, that we built and moved into our new building, and that we set ourselves up in a way that would allow us to lead in this exciting century, were goals for many of us, and certainly for me.

 

And now leadership passes to new and very worthy hands. As part of Hawai‘i Island’s outstanding Fujimoto family, our new Board Chair Jason Fujimoto has the experience, the skills and the youth to lead our great Board and Staff to ever higher levels of achievement and service.

 

It truly has been a privilege and a great honor.

 

Ke Akua pū a hui hou,

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It Just Doesn’t Add Up – Federal De-Funding of Public Media

Special Message


Kent K. Tsukamoto, Treasurer, PBS Hawai‘iI’m a numbers guy. It’s my job.

 

As a longtime CPA and as managing partner of one of Hawai‘i’s largest locally owned financial services companies, I know that numbers tell stories, too.

 

So, with the White House handing Congress a proposed federal budget that would de-fund the nonprofit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I took a closer look at the numbers in the current federal investment.

 

$1.35. That’s the cost of public broadcasting per citizen per year – less than the price of a manapua.

 

For years now, Republicans and Democrats have vigorously argued and then come together in a bipartisan investment to give public media $445 million a year, with most of the money going directly to support free, noncommercial, locally run PBS television stations and NPR radio stations across the country.

 

$445 million is 1/100th of 1 percent of the nation’s budget, amounting to $1.35 per citizen per year. The national PBS folks point out that’s less than a cup of coŸffee. Here, we like to say: That’s less than the price of a manapua – and a small manapua at that.

 

Most years for PBS Hawai‘i, our part of the national funding amounts to 15 percent, or about $1 million, of our annual revenues. We use the federal investment as seed money to attract contributions from the private sector – “viewers like you.” Individuals, businesses and charitable foundations pitch in. It’s these private gifts and grants, fanned by the spark of federal funding, that provide the bulk of our statewide programming and outreach.

 

Among the oŸfferings that the federal investment helps us acquire: curriculum-based PBS KIDS programming that boosts our children’s learning; the science show NOVA; the investigative program Frontline; and performing arts on Great Performances. The federal funding also helps to create shows like Na Mele, the only weekly television show featuring traditional Hawaiian music; and Insights on PBS Hawai‘i, the only live hour-long interactive public affairs show on weekly statewide television.

 

As a lean local nonprofit that’s able to leverage the federal money and also scale our services by sharing program costs nationally in public media, PBS Hawai‘i has a track record of delivering quality shows at very reasonable costs.

 

To guard against political interference in program content, Congress has provided two-year “forward funding” as a firewall. All of this computes to a successful public-private partnership.

 

As Neil Shapiro, who heads WNET in New York, observed: “It’s not like cutting this would have any appreciable effect on any taxpayer across the country, but losing PBS would.”

 

In my view, this is especially true when it comes to the value of PBS’ in-depth news coverage, arts and culture, a safe haven for keiki and a trusted place to air diffŸering perspectives on local issues.

 

It’s a privilege to volunteer my time as Treasurer of PBS Hawai‘i’s Board of Directors – because I want to support a community treasure that is efficient and collaborative in costs, while providing a significant multiple in the value returned to the people of Hawai‘i.

 

I see how the federal investment enriches the people of Hawai‘i and keeps our stories alive, our music playing and our home a better, safer place. The numbers tell the story.

 

If you’d like to help support public media organizations like PBS Hawai‘i:

  1. Contact your Hawai‘i Congressional delegates.
  2. Go to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and sign a petition.
  3. Continue to pitch in with your private dollars as you can.

Thank you

 

#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Season of Giving

 

November 29 is #GivingTuesday, a global movement dedicated to giving back.

 

When you think of the organizations that contribute to your life, we hope PBS Hawai‘i is among those that are top of mind.

 

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We work to acquire and create thoughtful, positive programs that transport you to other times and places, immerse you in culture and arts, and provide calm, discerning coverage of public affairs.

 

But, as always, we can’t do it without the generous support from those who enjoy PBS Hawai‘i.

 

Please join us in this exciting global tradition of generosity.

 

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November 29 is #GivingTuesday

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Giving TuesdayHONOLULU, HI – In celebration of #GivingTuesday, observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, PBS Hawai‘i will be encouraging the community to support Hawai‘i’s only locally owned public television station through our first #GivingTuesday social media campaign. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

 

Throughout that day, PBS Hawai‘i will be rolling out a series of videos on Facebook Live that aim to remind the community how the public television station plays a role in so many individuals’ lives. PBS Hawai‘i will also be keeping the day fun through lighthearted memes, improvised skits and other creative means through social media.

 

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Since its founding in 2012, millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

 

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Introducing a new benefit to PBS Hawai‘i supporters that provides extended on-demand access to quality PBS programming.

 

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PBS Hawai‘i Passport is an added benefit for valued donors of public television.

With PBS Hawai‘i Passport, you can enjoy past episodes of many of your favorite PBS and PBS Hawai‘i shows on demand using your computer, smartphone or tablet. More platforms and devices are coming soon!

 

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HIKI NŌ Supporters

Bank of Hawaii Foundation

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Change Happens Foundation

City and County of Honolulu

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

Freeman Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Friends of Hawaii Charities

Frost Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

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Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation – Charity Walk

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union Foundation

Peter P. Jennings Fund

Koaniani Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Makana Aloha Foundation

George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Maui Varieties, Ltd. Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund

Dr. and Mrs. L.Q Pang Foundation

Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

…and supporters like you! Thank you!

Sponsorship & Business Support

Local Broadcast Sponsorship is a message identifying business, foundation, or individual support for the quality programs provided by PBS Hawai‘i. Sponsor acknowledgments air twice per program (once at the beginning, once at the end) for a period of six or twelve months, with an option for renewal. Over 37 local businesses, foundations, and individuals have chosen to support PBS Hawai‘i’s statewide broadcast by sponsoring their favorite programs. Click here to view the list of broadcast sponsors

 

PBS Hawai‘i supporters have discovered that sponsorship:

  • Yields significant marketing benefits.
  • Builds brand awareness by linking you or your business with high-quality programs.
  • Generates community goodwill through support of public television.
  • Positions you or your business before an educated and influential audience.
  • Promotes your offerings to a statewide audience at an affordable price.
  • Markets your brand in an environment free of commercial clutter.

 

To learn more about local broadcast sponsorship with PBS Hawai‘i, contact Patty Doo:

 

Patty Doo
Director of Business Support
808. 462. 5048
email: pdoo@pbshawaii.org

 

Testimonials

 

sponsor_support_Steve_Tabussi“At First Insurance, we see the value of PBS Hawai‘i programming to our company, and understand that if we want this sort of programming to continue to thrive, we need to support it.”
Steve Tabussi, Senior Vice President of Marketing
First Insurance Company of Hawaii

 

Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications Ulupono Initiative“Ulupono Initiative is proud to sponsor PBS Hawai‘i’s mission to provide quality television programs to the people of Hawai‘i. We want to support others who do great things for our community, like PBS Hawai‘i.”
Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications
Ulupono Initiative

 

sponsor_support_Rich_Pezzulo“Both our organizations share a deep connection with Hawai‘i, and supporting local programming is the same as supporting the local community.”
Richard Pezzulo, Executive Director
Waimea Valley

 

KristeenHanselman, Executive Director University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)“PBS Hawai‘i presents a variety of insights through the telling of stories and personal experiences. Our support will allow PBS Hawai‘i to expand creative programming that will benefit everyone throughout Hawai‘i.”
Kristeen Hanselman, Executive Director
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)

 

 

Mahalo to Our Broadcast Sponsors!

 

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ABC Stores
Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation
Bank of Hawaii Foundation
Cades Foundation
Cades Schutte LLP
Castle Medical Center / Adventist Health Castle
Caswell Orthodontics
Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks
Dr. Belinda Aquino
Dr. John Mirikitani, J.D., PhD
First Hawaiian Bank
First Insurance Company of Hawaii
G 70
Hanalani Schools
Hawaii Dental Service
Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)
Hawaii Medical Service Association
Hawaiian Airlines
Ice Palace Hawaii
John & Clifford Mirikitani Foundation
Jeffrey Samuels Real Estate Services
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Keiki Care Center of Hawaii
Kina`Ole Estate
Kosasa Foundation
Le Jardin Academy
Matson Foundation
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
‘Ohana Health Plan
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union
Pigtails and Crewcuts
Robert & Deanna Levy
Ruby Tuesday Hawaii
Seven-Eleven Hawai‘i, Inc.
Stepping Stones Academy
Ulupono Initiative
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)
Waimea Valley

 

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It takes our community pitching in to provide PBS Hawai‘i’s trusted multimedia platform. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) multi-media organization and the only locally owned broadcast television station in Hawai‘i. Your tax-deductible donation sustains our independence as a locally owned organization. We connect and engage local communities in thoughtful public discourse through Insights on PBS Hawai‘i, nourish their appreciation for culture and the arts on Na Mele and Great Performances, preserve the lessons of history through American Experience and shape Hawai‘i’s future with our statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ.