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Welcome to Our New Board Chair!

Welcome to Our New Board Chair, Jason Fujimoto

PBS Hawai‘i’s new Board Chair Jason Fujimoto

 

He’s the first Neighbor Islander to head the Board of Directors of statewide PBS Hawaiʻi; he is by far our youngest Board Chair; and he’s the fifth generation of a successful family company, founded by an immigrant.

 

Meet Jason Fujimoto of Hilo, 36, husband of Tobie and father of two children. This summer, he succeeded longtime PBS Hawai‘i Board Chair Robbie Alm.

 

In Jason’s “day job,” he serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of HPM Building Supply, overseeing company business on Hawai‘i Island, Maui and Kauaʻi. His role with nonprofit PBS Hawai‘i is unpaid, and he knows what he’s getting into, as he is our Board’s former Vice Chair.

 

“PBS Hawai‘i is really special because it’s not controlled by big media; it’s really Hawai‘i’s TV station, it’s our station,” Jason says.

 

“When you look at the opportunity we have here as an organization, and it goes beyond media, it’s… bringing people of all cultures and professions together and really looking toward the future and solving some of the key issues and problems that we have as a state,” he said.

 

Jason will tell you that he spent his childhood in Hilo, but that he really grew up on Sesame Street. Public television was on the screen in his family home. His parents, Mike and Thuy Fujimoto, and grandparents Robert and Alice Fujimoto, highly value education. They did everything they could to help Jason deepen his knowledge and broaden his horizons.

 

The horizons he chose included the renowned Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a degree in corporate finance and strategic management, Jason became an investment banker in New York City, working on mergers and acquisitions for J.P. Morgan.

 

Jason had grown wings but he hadn’t forgotten his roots. In 2004, he was ready to return to Hawai‘i, for the chance to do work that was more entrepreneurial and more fulfilling than what Wall Street offered. He found it at his family’s employee-owned company. HPM Building Supply may be best known for its “package home” program, which makes homeownership more affordable.

 

In 2013, Hawaii Business Magazine named Jason Fujimoto as a business person to watch over the years, one of the “20 for the Next 20.”

 

Earlier this year, Jason led our Board and Staff and other stakeholders in envisioning new strategic goals for PBS Hawai‘i. Everyone felt free to speak and share their different ideas. There was civility and humor and, later, a clear consensus. We’re making our video content more accessible, more quickly, in different forms, on different media platforms; and we’re
taking new steps to address financial sustainability in changing times.

 

As CEO, I look forward to working closely with Jason. He places a high value on lifelong learning and integrity, has that old-time Hilo knack for building relationships, and leads from the heart.

 

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Two-Year $50,000 Grant from Central Pacific Bank Foundation to PBS Hawaii for NEW HOME

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HONOLULU, HI —The Central Pacific Bank Foundation has made a two-year, $50,000 donation to PBS Hawaii for the renovation and construction of the public television station’s new facility.

 

Pictured from left to right are CPB Senior VP and General Counsel Glenn Ching; CPB Foundation President Denis Isono; Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii CEO; PBS Hawaii Board Members Bettina Mehnert and Kent Tsukamoto.

 

Construction of PBS Hawaii’s 21st-century NEW HOME, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, began in November 2014, and is rising in a graceful curve on Nimitz Highway at the entrance to Sand Island. Hawaii’s only public television station is in the homestretch of capital fundraising, having reached over $26.5 of a $30 million campaign goal.

 

The structure will house a main television studio, a “Learning Zone” for students and teachers, and spaces that promote collaboration and partnerships for innovation.

 

“We are honored to support organizations such as PBS Hawaii that share our commitment to create a better Hawaii,” said CPB Foundation President Denis Isono. “PBS Hawaii already does great work within our state, and the new facility will help to further their reach by enhancing programming and providing additional learning opportunities.”

 

“It is such a great honor to receive this very generous donation from the Central Pacific Bank Foundation,” said Robbie Alm, PBS Hawaii Board Chair. “CPB has had to overcome tremendous odds to even be here today and to be a reflection of their return to great health makes it even more special.”

 

For more information on PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME, naming opportunities or to contribute toward the project’s completion, visit PBSHawaii.org.

 

Download this Press Release

 

Contact: Emily Bodfish
Email: ebodfish@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1169

 

PBS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world. PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii

 

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!

 

Sponsor
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AARP
ABC Stores
Associa Hawaii
Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation
Bank of Hawaii Foundation
Bendon Family Foundation
Cades Foundation
Cades Schutte LLP
Caswell Orthodontics
Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks
Dr. Belinda Aquino
Dr. John Mirikitani, J.D., PhD
DUNKIN'
Fendu Boulangerie
First Hawaiian Bank
First Insurance Company of Hawaii
G70
HALM'S Enterprises
Hanalani Schools
Hawaii Dental Service
Hawai‘i Gas
Hawaii Government Employees Association
Hawaii Medical Service Association
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Telcom
HI529 College Savings Plan
John and Clifford Mirikitani Foundation
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Kamehameha Schools
Keiki Care Center of Hawaii
Kīnā ʻOle Estate
Kosasa Foundation
Matson Foundation
McCabe, Hamilton & Renny Co.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
PASHA HAWAII
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union
Riggs Distributing
Robert and Deanna Levy
Ruby Tuesday Hawaii
Seven-Eleven Hawaiʻi
Spectrum
St. Francis Healthcare System
Stepping Stones Academy
SUB-ZERO
Ulupono Initiative
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
Waikiki Health
Waimea Valley
WOLF