NEW HOME Campaign | Frequently Asked Questions

Why does PBS Hawaii need a new building?

Since 1965, PBS Hawaii (once known as Hawaii Educational Television) has operated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. PBS Hawaii is losing its lease because UH needs the space for student instruction.

Where will PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME be located? Why there?

PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME will be at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road. Construction and renovation of the one-story structure, formerly the KFVE Newsplex, began in November 2014.

When will PBS Hawaii move to its NEW HOME?

PBS Hawaii's projected move-in date is summer 2016.

How will PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME be different from its current location?

PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME has the future in mind. It will feature an open floor plan that encourages collaboration. The building will also house PBS Hawaii's Learning Zone, as the headquarters of the flagship student news initiative, HIKI NŌ. The NEW HOME will have three TV studios, including a main studio where tapings may be viewed from second-floor windows, and a HIKI NŌ studio, suitable for interviews.

What is the difference between PBS Hawaii's annual campaign and the NEW HOME Campaign?

Gifts to PBS Hawaii's annual campaign support the station's regular operating expenses, while the station's NEW HOME Campaign is our multi-year fundraising effort to build our new facility.

Where is funding coming from?

Thanks to the generosity of Hawaii's individuals, foundations, businesses, and with support from the Hawaii State Legislature and State Administration, PBS Hawaii has reached nearly 90% of its $30 million NEW HOME Campaign goal. View a complete list of NEW HOME supporters on our Donors page.

How can I help?

It takes our community pitching in to provide a new home for PBS Hawaii's trusted multimedia statewide platform – and we need your help. Learn more about our future plans and consider making a charitable gift online. To donate gifts of appreciated securities, retirement assets, real estate or to make a bequest, please call Ben Nishimoto, VP of Advancement at (808) 973-0292 or email

Are there NEW HOME naming opportunities for major donors?

Yes! Download our list of naming opportunities here. If you are interested in learning more, please call Ben Nishimoto, VP of Advancement at (808) 973-0292 or email



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