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.