Bettina Mehnert

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation grants $2 million for PBS Hawai‘i’s new home

PBS Hawaii

 

HONOLULU, HI – A large grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has propelled PBS Hawai‘i to within $200,000 of its $30 million goal for its new home at 315 Sand Island Access Road.

 

The $2 million grant to Hawai‘i’s statewide public television station will provide facilities for education through storytelling, and workforce development. The foundation’s focus is helping those who are vulnerable and at-risk.

 

From left: Ben Nishimoto, PBS Hawai‘i Vice President of Advancement; Corbett Kalama, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Vice President of Real Estate Investments and Community Affairs; Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO; Gailene Wong, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Grant Director; Robbie Alm, PBS Hawai‘i Board Chair; Bettina Mehnert, PBS Hawai‘i Board Secretary; Jason Fujimoto, PBS Hawai‘i Board Vice Chair.

 

“Harry Weinberg was thoughtful and considerate of those in our community who are less fortunate,” said Corbett Kalama, Vice President of Real Estate Investments and Community Affairs at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. “PBS Hawai‘i provides opportunities for youngsters in Hawaii to be creative and be a part of something that helps them be better people.”

 

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is naming the building’s two largest areas: its main Multimedia Studio, where PBS Hawai‘i productions will be produced; and the Learning Zone, the open area at the heart of the second floor built for collaborative projects with filmmakers, students, teachers and others in the community.

 

PBS Hawai‘i staff reported to work at the new building at the beginning of the month, and is currently troubleshooting its new technological systems.

 

PBS Hawai‘i Board Chair Robbie Alm stated: “We share with [the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation] a deep and abiding desire to see those who begin life with less have the greatest opportunities possible to change their lives. At PBS Hawai‘i’s new home, every person and especially every young person can find their own future based on their own talents, dreams and ambitions. Their opportunities are, thanks to this gift, without limit.”

 

Naming opportunities, including spots on our two donor walls, are still available. More information is online at PBSHawaii.org/newhome.

 

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Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
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Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 8:00 am, September 24, 2019

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Thursday, 12:00 pm, September 19, 2019

 

STATEWIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 12:00 pm, June 18, 2019

 

INNOVATION / FUTURES COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Wednesday, 3:00 pm, June 26, 2019

 

Jason Fujimoto

Jason Fujimoto

Board Chair
Hawaiʻi Island
Joanne Lo Grimes, Oʻahu

Joanne Lo Grimes

Vice Chair
Oʻahu
Bettina Mehnert, Oʻahu

Bettina Mehnert

Secretary
Oʻahu
Treasurer, Kent Tsukamoto, Oʻahu

Kent Tsukamoto

Treasurer
Oʻahu
Muriel Anderson, Oʻahu

Muriel Anderson

Oʻahu
Susan Bendon, Maui Nui

Susan Bendon

Maui Nui
Jodi Endo Chai, Oʻahu

Jodi Endo Chai

Oʻahu
James E. Duffy, Jr., Oʻahu

James E. Duffy, Jr.

Oʻahu
Matthew Emerson, Oʻahu

Matthew Emerson

Oʻahu
Jake Fergus, Maui Nui

Jake Fergus

Oʻahu
Jason Haruki, Oʻahu

Jason Haruki

Oʻahu
Noelani Kalipi, Hawaiʻi Island

Noelani Kalipi

Hawaiʻi Island
Ian Kitajima, Oʻahu

Ian Kitajima

Oʻahu
Joy Miura Koerte, Kauaʻi

Joy Miura Koerte

Kauaʻi
Kamani Kualaʻau, Oʻahu

Kamani Kualaʻau

Oʻahu
Mary Ann Manahan, Oʻahu

Mary Ann Manahan

Oʻahu
Aaron Salā, Oʻahu

Aaron Salā

Oʻahu
Julie Shimonishi, Oʻahu

Julie Shimonishi

Oʻahu
Kaʻiulani Sodaro, Oʻahu

Kaʻiulani Sodaro

Oʻahu
L. Candy Suiso, Oʻahu

L. Candy Suiso

Oʻahu
Bruce Voss, Oʻahu

Bruce Voss

Oʻahu