PBS Hawai‘i opens doors to new home

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Hawai‘i’s statewide public television station today opened its new home to the public, after a blessing ceremony and donor thank-you event this morning.

PBS Hawai‘i’s new home, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus at 315 Sand Island Access Road fronting Nimitz Highway, is a $30 million facility, the result of a successful capital campaign. Construction was completed on time and on budget. The building features three multimedia studios; the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Learning Zone, which includes the home base of the station’s statewide student news network, HIKI NŌ; and open work spaces with cheerful colors and natural light.

Event attendees included three multi-million dollar funders of the building – the State government, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. PBS Hawai‘i is offering tours of the building to all donors, large and small, totaling more than 2,000 people and organizations.

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‘i

 

“We felt deeply the trust and aloha that people have in PBS Hawai‘i as an important part of this community,” said Board Chair Robbie Alm. “They reached out and supported the diversity of perspectives that we present and the fairness they find here.”

President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said, “We can’t thank the people of Hawai‘i enough. This new home reflects the values of people throughout the state and a vision for a closer relationship with our communities. The building design supports collaboration, creativity, culture and context.”

The mission of the educational media organization is to advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches lives.

The two-story, 32,000 square-foot building was designed by architect Sheryl Seaman of Group 70 International. The general contractor was Allied Builders System, and Cumming served as owner’s representative.

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The foundation has made grants to the following organizations
  • AccesSurf
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha Harvest
  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
  • Blood Bank of Hawaii
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii
  • Chaminade University
  • Child & Family Service
  • Damien Memorial School
  • Domestic Violence Action Center
  • EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity West
  • Hanahau‘oli School
  • Hawaii Food Bank
  • Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Hawaii Literacy
  • Hilo Medical Center Foundation
  • Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha
  • Holy Family Catholic Academy
  • Holy Nativity School
  • Honolulu Advertiser Christmas Fund
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth
  • Hospice Maui
  • Kaimuki Christian Church and School
  • KAMP Hawaii
  • Le Jardin Academy
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Mary, Star of the Sea Early Learning Center
  • Maryknoll School
  • Medical-Legal Partnership for Children of HI
  • Na Loio
  • Newman Center at UH
  • ‘Ohana Komputer
  • Pacific Survivor Center
  • Palolo Chinese Home
  • PBS Hawaii
  • Punahou School
  • Re-use Hawaii
  • Rehab Hospital of the Pacific
  • Sacred Hearts Academy
  • Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • Saint Francis School
  • Saint John the Baptist Catholic School
  • Saint Louis School
  • Salvation Army (KROC Center Hawaii)
  • St. Joseph School (Hilo, Hawaii)
  • St. Theresa Church (Maui)
  • Star of the Sea Parish
  • The Arc in Hawaii
  • The Children’s Alliance of Hawai‘i
  • The Institute for Human Services, Inc.
  • The Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter
  • U of H Foundation
  • Variety School of Hawaii
  • YMCA of Honolulu