"It's a Vision of the Mind and Heart"
For 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 major traffic intersection that's home to spreading monkey pod trees, a two-story building has emerged in a graceful curve.
For Hawaii citizens from six islands who've contributed to this campaign for PBS Hawaiiís NEW HOME, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus is a welcome sight.
And more than that, itís a vision of the mind and heart.
What we see are live televised events enlivening the industrial district with music and capturing meaningful debates on timely issues...We see open, collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen program partnerships with other nonprofits, educators, filmmakers and other artists, businesses, labor and government...
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...
And we see a bold future for education through multi-media storytelling.
Iím 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, the City and County of Honolulu for a $150,000 grant, and First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for the largest corporate gift to date – $200,000.
We're starting down the home stretch, with nearly 90% of our $30 million goal raised!
PBS Hawaii welcomes your help. Everything counts. 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.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the NEW HOME Campaign and help make PBS Hawaii's new home a reality.