New Home Campaign

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

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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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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

PBS Hawai‘i is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawai‘i’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 Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i to the world. PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii

 

Neighborly Gifts that Hit the Spot

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiIf you’re lucky, there’s someone in your life who always comes up with a perfect gift–and often it’s an item that’s not even on your radar.

 

We sometimes feel that way at PBS Hawaii, with people helping us in ways that we don’t expect.

 

There are especially thoughtful people on Neighbor Islands. We send our “free” broadcast signals farther than those of any commercial TV station to reach more people, and Neighbor Islanders reach back.

 

Here are two recent examples, beginning with Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer:

 

—“I made a lot of sawdust, that’s how I made it.”

 

Dean is humbly explaining how he crafted a beautiful, rich-grained lobby desk for PBS Hawaii’s future home. It’s in his Omao workshop, ready to be shipped to Honolulu.

 

Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer created this reception desk for PBS Hawaii's future lobby.

Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer created this reception desk for PBS Hawaii’s future lobby.

 

The wood is from a large monkey pod tree that had to be cut down because its growth was threatening the safety of a home on the Koloa property of his friend, Dan Suga.

 

Dean says he was moved to make the desk because he enjoys PBS Hawaii programming.

 

Everyone who enters our future home will see Dean’s creation as soon as they open the door. We hope you’ll come and visit.

 

—“Everyone loved seeing Downton Abbey on the big screen.”

 

That’s Susan Bendon of Spreckelsville, Maui, talking about a “pop-up” screening she gamely pulled off with little notice. Taking time out from the busy holiday season, a group of Maui residents watched the highly anticipated premiere of Downton Abbey’s fi nal season more than a week before television viewers were able to see it. Susan, a PBS Hawaii Board Member, enlisted Seabury Hall’s Lynn Matayoshi and they presented the episode in the school’s comfortable auditorium.

 

Top Left: On Maui, PBS supporter Ann Jones and PBS Hawaii Board Member Susan Bendon, greet guests at an advance screening of Downton Abbey at Seabury Hall. Top-right: Maui Magazine publisher Diane Haynes Woodburn at the Downton Abbey advance screening.
Top Left: On Maui, PBS supporter Ann Jones and PBS Hawaii Board Member Susan Bendon, greet guests at an advance screening of Downton Abbey at Seabury Hall. Top-right: Maui Magazine publisher Diane Haynes Woodburn at the Downton Abbey advance screening.
 

In Honolulu, we worked with Ward Consolidated Theatres to give an advance screening for fans.

 

“PBS made many friends,” Susan said. See what I mean? With Lynn, Susan made it happen.

 

With Dan Suga’s tree, Dean made it happen. We are lucky indeed.

 

Aloha a hui hou,

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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.

 

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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

 

Connecting Across the State

On Kauai, Leslie and colleague Nikki Miyamoto give pointers on video "voice-vers" to HIKI NŌ students.

On Kauai, Leslie and colleague Nikki Miyamoto give pointers on “voice-overs” to HIKI NŌ students.

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii

The firehose of information flooding the web is available to all users. How much of this web free-flow is reliable?

 

More and more, students are learning the skills used in journalism to vet information for accuracy and fairness. Media literacy is an increasingly valued 21st-century skill.

 

And despite having that web world at our fingertips, there’s still nothing like “being there” and seeing for oneself.

 

So, in our tech-heavy digital and broadcast field, PBS Hawaii opens our doors to students and teachers for in-person sharing, and we go where they are, too.

 

(Top left-right) Chief Engineer John Nakahira gives College of Education students a tour of the station’s master control. (Bottom right-left) The students in the studio wave to their classmates in the control room through the video feed of a studio camera operated by VP of Creative Services Roy Kimura.

 

This summer, we hosted young students from a summer program at the College of Education program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Professor Christina Torres’ students from 12 public schools, five charter schools and six private schools toured the TV station and learned the elements of factual storytelling with a creative flair. (We look forward to holding many more gatherings next year in our new building, under construction.)

 

Our HIKI NŌ team heads across the state for teacher/student workshops in digital media and quality storytelling, in collaboration with some of Hawaii’s top digital media teachers. Last month, at Kauai’s Chiefess Kamakahelei School in Lihue, HIKI NŌ Assembly Editor Nikki Miyamoto and I coached students on video “voice-overs” or narration. Beginners (and I was there once) tend to adopt a robotic or singsong delivery in an effort to sound neutral and objective, but real people speaking of new developments don’t speak that way.

 

Would you like to see our HIKI NŌ students’ completed work on the big screen? We invite you to join us in celebrating students’ media literacy and other 21st-century skills at these free screenings of outstanding hyperlocal stories:

HIKI NŌ

MAUI: Sun., Aug. 16, Historic Iao Theater, Wailuku,
3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

HILO: Sat. Aug. 22, Palace Theater,
3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

KONA: Sun., Aug. 23, Aloha Theater,
3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

KAUAI: Sat., Aug. 29, outdoors at Island School, Lihue,
6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm screening

OAHU: Wed., Sept. 2, Ward Consolidated Theaters,
Honolulu, 4:00 pm reception, 6:00 pm screening

 

A hui hou (until next time),

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“…It’s a Vision of the Mind and Heart”

The second story of PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor over parking.

The second story of PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor extending over parking.

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiFor the first time in my life, I enjoy having to stop in traffic for a red light – but only the one at Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.

 

Near this traffic intersection that’s home to a huge monkey pod tree, a two-story building continues to emerge, one in which more than a thousand Hawaii residents have invested.

 

PBS Hawaii’s new location, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, is a welcome bricks-and-mortar sight for our Board of Directors, Community Advisory Council, and Staff. More than that, it’s a vision of the mind and heart.

 

What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships with other nonprofits, educators, filmmakers and other artists, businesses, labor and government. We see live televised events enlivening the industrial district with music and capturing meaningful debates on timely issues. We see teachers and students as frequent visitors – physically and virtually – as they take part in workshops in media literacy, journalism and video production. We see our suite of locally produced shows expanding as more media-makers are attracted to noncommercial PBS-style diverse viewpoints and trustworthy information.

 

I’m happy to report that construction, by Allied Builders System, is on budget and on time. We thank the Hawaii State Legislature for approving a $1 million grant this year for construction and First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for the largest corporate gift to date – $200,000.

 

What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships…

 

We’re starting the home stretch, with $3.5 million to go to reach the $30 million goal. To all who have already made a gift of any size, thank you so much for sharing in this vision that is larger than all of us.

 

A hui hou (until next time),

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Island Insurance Foundation Donates $50,000 to PBS Hawaii for NEW HOME

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HONOLULU—The Island Insurance Foundation has donated $50,000 to PBS Hawaii for the renovation and construction of the public television station’s new facility.

 

Board chair Robert Alm and president and CEO Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii receive the $50,000 check from the President of Island Insurance Foundation, Tyler Tokioka.

 

Board chair Robert Alm and president and CEO Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii receive the $50,000 check from the president of Island Insurance Foundation, Tyler Tokioka.

 

Construction of PBS Hawaii’s The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus began in November 2014, with completion in spring 2016. The existing one-story structure at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road (formerly the KFVE Newsplex) is being renovated and expanded to include a second story, for a total of 30,000 square feet under roof.

 

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

 

“Island Insurance is proud to support PBS Hawaii and its tradition of providing quality educational programming,” said Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation. “Their new facility will enable PBS Hawaii to enhance its content and showcase the stories that make Hawaii such a special place.”

 

“Island Insurance is a company known for its deep and abiding commitment to Hawaii and what is best about us,” said Robbie Alm, PBS Hawaii Board Chair. “To have them support us is very, very special.”

 

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

 

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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

 

Designing for You

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiResponsive design. That’s the term for the way we’ve rebuilt our PBS Hawaii web presence.

 

Launched last month, the new website at PBSHawaii.org reformats and adjusts to suit the device that you’re using to access it. You can go from your desktop computer monitor to your tablet to your smartphone without laboring to enjoy the material. No need to laboriously pan and scroll to see the full information and images.

 

“This is so much easier for our viewers to use, and there’s more efficiency for our staff in updating content,” says Liberty Peralta, who oversaw development of the new website. It was designed for us locally by Ikayzo, a creative agency and software development firm.

 

PBS Hawaii webmaster Brian Bueza notes that the website also brings users far more video, and lush photos and graphics. “It looks and feels more like television, while also being interactive.”

 

The new responsive format of the PBS Hawaii website allows it to adapt to multiple platforms and devices.
The new responsive format of the PBS Hawaii website allows it to adapt to multiple platforms and devices.

 

Meanwhile, a very different kind of responsive design will be evident as construction continues on our NEW HOME at Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.

 

Our architect, Sheryl Seaman of Group 70 International, has designed a comfortable gathering place that’s perfect for our role as a statewide connector and convener at The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus.

 

Our NEW HOME building, under construction on Sand Island Access Road, was also designed with public use in mind.
Our NEW HOME building, under construction on Sand Island Access Road, was also designed with public use in mind.

 

It’ll enable the flexibility that people want for meetings in the 21st century, offering a pleasant environment with a lot of natural light, open spaces, reconfigurable seating and easy access to technology. Where acoustical privacy is important, conference rooms will have glass walls with a bit of artistic opaqueness. Our various departments (programming, local content production, communications, etc.) will not be a warren of cubicles and private offices; they’ll be “coves,” geared to a team approach. The overall effect will be one of openness, transparency and collaboration.

 

With gratitude,

 

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PBS Hawaii receives $50,000 grant from Matson Foundation for NEW HOME

 

Matson check presentation to PBS Hawaii

 

HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii has received a $50,000 grant from the Matson Foundation for the public television station’s NEW HOME at the entrance to Sand Island.

 

The grant brings the sum that PBS Hawaii has raised for its new facility up to $23.9 million. The fundraising goal is $30 million.

 

Construction of PBS Hawaii’s The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus began in November 2014, with completion in early 2016. The existing one-story structure at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road, formerly the KFVE Newsplex, is being renovated and expanded to include a second story, for a total of 30,000 square feet under roof.

 

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

 

“Matson was pleased to learn that PBS Hawaii is locating its new home in the Kalihi neighborhood, not far from our operations and headquarters on Sand Island,” said Matt Cox, President and CEO of Matson and President of the Matson Foundation. “We are glad to join many of Hawaii’s locally based corporations that provided leadership gifts to this capital campaign, and we extend thanks to so many individuals and business donors for their generosity.”

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO, said, “We so appreciate this leadership move by a great company, Matson, which is investing in its home community through PBS Hawaii.”

 

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

 

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We’ve Moved!

 

New construction is underway, but we are still seeking donations for PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME.

 

To learn more about our NEW HOME Campaign, click here.

 

We thank you for your interest in supporting Hawaii’s only public television station, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering local and national programming. Mahalo!

 

PBS Hawaii Prepares for NEW HOME Construction

 

PBS HAWAII NEW HOME CAMPAIGN

 

PBS Hawaii is preparing to begin construction on its NEW HOME on Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road later this year, with completion in 2016.

 

Hawaii’s only public television station has begun the process of selecting a general contractor. One will be chosen this summer.

 

The station has been successful in raising $22 million to renovate and expand the existing one-story structure at the former KFVE Newsplex site. PBS Hawaii owns the property.

 

PBS Hawaii is actively fundraising with a goal of $30 million and thanks individuals, foundations, businesses and government for their support. A complete list of donors can be found on online at PBSHawaii.org/newhome.

 

For 49 years, the nonprofit station has operated out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The station will be losing its lease, as UH seeks more instruction space.

 

“All of us at PBS Hawaii are so excited to get underway with work on our NEW HOME,” said PBS Hawaii Board Chair Robbie Alm. “We still have lots to do, and more funds to raise, to realize the dream of a PBS Hawaii for a new century, but it is great to be officially underway.”

 

PBS Hawaii’s two-story Clarence T.C. Ching Campus will house a main television studio; an emergency broadcast center; and a Media Innovation Center, which will serve Hawaii’s students through the station’s flagship statewide student news initiative, HIKI NŌ.

 

Throughout the NEW HOME, PBS Hawaii will acknowledge those who are enabling PBS Hawaii to serve future generations of Islanders.