bequest

Honoring the Memory
of Mrs. Watanabe Every Day

 

CEO Message

 

Trained in portraiture, the artist uses a scaffold to get close to the wall.A talented Honolulu-based artist who’s known for creating large-scale outdoor murals was tapped to help PBS Hawai‘i honor a beloved donor, the late math teacher Karen Watanabe.

 

In retirement, Mrs. Watanabe enjoyed playing the stock market. We’re so grateful that she left our organization nearly $700,000.

 

Since we have open-concept offices, traditional wall space is scarce. We chose to pay our respects in a prominent, favorite route to our building’s second floor.

 

Right: Trained in portraiture, the artist uses a scaffold to get close to the wall.

 

The reaction of Kamea Hadar, Co-Lead Director of the nonprofit arts group POW! WOW! Worldwide: “No problem. Cool!” The artist, who painted a 15-story outdoor mural in the Pearl Harbor area, might also have meant literally cool, as this area is roofed and air-conditioned. He’s accustomed to dealing with hot sun and changing light.

 

Kamea, trained in traditional portraiture, learned to make buildings his canvas. He was raised in Israel and Hawai‘i and has painted in street venues all over the world.

Like us, he found the face of Mrs. Watanabe to be very kind and relatable.

 

Artist Kamea Hadar of POW! WOW! Worldwide

“Because the work is seen from afar and also from very close, I wanted to treat her portrait and the portraits of others in the piece like an oil painting on canvas.”
Artist Kamea Hadar

“Because the work is seen from afar, but also very close, I wanted to treat her portrait and other ones in the piece like an oil painting on canvas,” he told me.

 

Staffers and visitors watched, fascinated, as he coaxed light and life into the mural over the course of almost three weeks.

 

PBS Hawaiʻi mural by Kamea Hadar: Honoring the Memory of Mrs. Watanabe Every Day

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO“What I want them to feel is all the beautiful things that are done in this building, that come out of this building – educating children … and just the kind of energy that revolves around it,” Kamea said.

 

We thank him for his art, paying tribute to the teacher whose bequest continues her life’s work through educational nonprofit PBS Hawai‘i.

 

Have you considered including PBS Hawai‘i in your will or trust? I’d like to invite you to give me or our Advancement Department a call at 808.462.5000.

 

Aloha Nui,

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Legacy Gifts

Be a part of public television’s future through planned giving

Several longtime station supporters have decided to honor the legacy of public television and be a part of its future by including a gift to PBS Hawaii in their estate plans. Their generosity helps sustain our independence as a locally owned station and assists us in our mission.

 

PBS Hawaii remains committed to connecting and engaging local communities in thoughtful public discourse through Insights on PBS Hawaii, nourish their appreciation for culture and the arts on Na Mele and Great Performances, preserve the lessons of history through American Experience and shape Hawaii’s future with our statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ. A charitable bequest made in your will or trust sustains these programs, and makes a lasting impact on our beloved island home.

 

What to Give:

Stocks and Bonds

Gifts of appreciated securities may help you avoid the capital gains tax while giving you a charitable income tax deduction.

 

PBS Hawaii Information

Firm: Morgan Stanley, LLC

Address: 733 Bishop Street, Honolulu 96813

DTC#: 0015

For the Benefit of: Hawaii Public Television Foundation dba PBS Hawaii

Account#: 129-180673

 

Retirement Assets

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, PBS Hawaii will not be taxed on gifts from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax deferred plan.

 

Real Estate

An outright gift of real estate may help you avoid the capital gains tax while giving you a charitable income tax deduction.

 

How to Give:

A bequest can be made as a gift of a percentage of your real estate, a specific dollar amount or asset, or from the balance or residue of your estate. Contact PBS Hawaii for sample testamentary language.

 

Thank you for your interest in supporting PBS Hawaii.

For more information on these options, please contact Christina Sumida at 462-5045 or csumida@pbshawaii.org

 

For expert advice concerning your will or trust, please consult your accountant, lawyer, or tax professional.