The Flute Maker


Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.


The Flute Maker
Geri Littlejohn has been making Native American-style flutes for more than 20 years. She starts with a simple piece of bamboo and finishes with what she likes to call a “sacred musical gift of art.”


The Land of Eb


This fictional story is set in the stark volcanic landscape of one of the most remote communities on Hawai‘i Island – Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Jonithen Jackson portrays Jacob, a Marshallese immigrant father and grandfather, who struggles to provide for his large family. When Jacob overhears a cancer diagnosis from his doctor he keeps the news to himself, forgoing treatment in favor of working to pay off his property which he plans to pass down once he’s gone. Sensing his end, Jacob turns a small video camera on himself and begins to record his story – and that of his people, the Marshallese. The film is a contemplative look at a community in Hawaii still struggling to recover from the effects of the nuclear age. It is a profoundly realistic portrayal of one man’s unwillingness to let go of his dignity and the hope he has for his family’s future.


Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

Gifts of stock and other appreciated securities are a popular way to give because it may help you avoid the capital gains tax while giving you a charitable income tax deduction. It is also very easy to do, and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, PBS Hawai‘i will not be taxed on gifts from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax deferred plan.


This is all the information you need to give a gift of stock to PBS Hawai‘i:


Firm: Morgan Stanley, LLC

Address: 733 Bishop Street, Honolulu 96813

DTC#: 0015

For the Benefit of: Hawaii Public Television Foundation dba PBS Hawaii

Account#: 129-180673



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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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


Download this Press Release


Contact: Emily Bodfish
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


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!


HIKI NŌ Supporters

Bank of Hawaii Foundation

Bays Lung Rose & Holma

Change Happens Foundation

City and County of Honolulu

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

Freeman Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Friends of Hawaii Charities

Frost Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Level 3

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation – Charity Walk

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union Foundation

Peter P. Jennings Fund

Koaniani Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Makana Aloha Foundation

George Mason Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

Maui Varieties, Ltd. Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund

Dr. and Mrs. L.Q Pang Foundation

Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa


…and supporters like you! Thank you!

Monthly Giving


Make a difference without the hassle.


Become a PBS Hawai‘i Monthly Sustainer and join the growing number of supporters who have generously decided to make easy, convenient and automatic monthly gifts to PBS Hawai‘i.


Each month, a gift of the amount you choose will be automatically given to PBS Hawai‘i.


Your tax-deductible gift sustains our independence as a locally owned organization. As a monthly sustainer, you’ll receive less mail from us, so more dollars are spent on the programs you love!


**If you are interested in a thank-you gift from one of our pledge drives, please be sure to type in the gift description into the comment box.


Monthly Gift


Sponsorship & Business Support

Local Broadcast Sponsorship is a message identifying business, foundation, or individual support for the quality programs provided by PBS Hawai‘i. Sponsor acknowledgments air twice per program (once at the beginning, once at the end) for a period of six or twelve months, with an option for renewal. Over 45 local businesses, foundations, and individuals have chosen to support PBS Hawai‘i’s statewide broadcast by sponsoring their favorite programs. Click here to view the list of broadcast sponsors


PBS Hawai‘i supporters have discovered that sponsorship:

  • Yields significant marketing benefits.
  • Builds brand awareness by linking you or your business with high-quality programs.
  • Generates community goodwill through support of public television.
  • Positions you or your business before an educated and influential audience.
  • Promotes your offerings to a statewide audience at an affordable price.
  • Markets your brand in an environment free of commercial clutter.


To learn more about local broadcast sponsorship with PBS Hawai‘i, please download our sponsorship kit and business support newsletter:

Sponsorship Kit  Business Support Newsletter



sponsor_support_Steve_Tabussi“At First Insurance, we see the value of PBS Hawai‘i programming to our company, and understand that if we want this sort of programming to continue to thrive, we need to support it.”
Steve Tabussi, Senior Vice President of Marketing
First Insurance Company of Hawaii


Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications Ulupono Initiative“Ulupono Initiative is proud to sponsor PBS Hawai‘i’s mission to provide quality television programs to the people of Hawai‘i. We want to support others who do great things for our community, like PBS Hawai‘i.”
Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications
Ulupono Initiative


sponsor_support_Rich_Pezzulo“Both our organizations share a deep connection with Hawai‘i, and supporting local programming is the same as supporting the local community.”
Richard Pezzulo, Executive Director
Waimea Valley


sponsor_support_HA_Avi_Mannis“We support PBS Hawai‘i because we are dedicated to ensuring that Hawai‘i has a platform for a diverse range of programming; from public affairs to children’s programming, and to the support of local artists.”
Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President of Marketing
Hawaiian Airlines


KristeenHanselman, Executive Director University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)“PBS Hawai‘i presents a variety of insights through the telling of stories and personal experiences. Our support will allow PBS Hawai‘i to expand creative programming that will benefit everyone throughout Hawai‘i.”
Kristeen Hanselman, Executive Director
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)



Mahalo to Our Broadcast Sponsors!


AARP HawaiiFamily Ingredients
ABC StoresLong Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Aloha PetroleumPBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
a Law Corporation
Nightly Business Report (NBR)
Insights on PBS Hawaiʻi
Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi FoundationNHK Newsline
NHK World
Ballet HawaiiGreat Performances
Great Performances at the Met
Live at Lincoln Center
Bank of Hawaii FoundationHIKI NŌ
Bradley Maruyama of
Allstate Insurance
Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Cades FoundationWashington Week
Cades Schutte, LLCWashington Week
Carlsmith Ball, LLPMasterpiece
Downton Abbey
Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & FairbanksNHK Newsline
NHK World
PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Dr. John Mirikitani, J. D., Ph. DFrontline
Masterpiece Downton Abbey
PBS Learning Media
Sesame Street
First Hawaiian BankNOVA
Wild Kratts
First Insurance Company
of Hawaii, Ltd.
2016 National Memorial Day Concert
Family Ingredients
Downton Abbey
Independent Lens
Hanalani SchoolDinosaur Train
Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC)Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)Curious George
Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)Insights on PBS Hawaiʻi
Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)Sesame Street
Wild Kratts
Hawaii National BankCapitol Fourth Concert
Family Ingredients
Hawaiian AirlinesCurious George
Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Na Mele
Honolulu Civil BeatInsights on PBS Hawaiʻi
Ice Palace HawaiiCaillou
John R. Halligan Charitable FundNature
The John & Clifford Mirikitani FoundationNOVA
Keiki Care Center of HawaiiBarney & Friends
Super Why!
Mama' Nita SconesSupper Club
May's HawaiiSupper Club
Mountain-Pacific Quality HealthLong Story Short with Leslie Wilcox
Ohana Health PlanThe Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit UnionPeg + Cat
Pigtails & CrewcutsCurious George
RevacommAmerican Experience
American Masters
Robert & Deanna LevyGreat British Baking Show & Great British Baking Show Master Class
Ruby Tuesday HawaiiStories of Support
Sacred Hearts AcademyNature
Sisi Takaki, STR GroupAntiques Roadshow
St. Francis School / Marianne Cope PreschoolThomas & Friends
Stepping Stones AcademySesame Street
Ulupono InitiativeFamily Ingredients
Downton Abbey
University of Hawaii at ManoaHIKI NŌ
Independent Lens
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)Charlie Rose
PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour Weekend
Washington Week
Waimea ValleyPBS Hawaiʻi Presents



Vehicle Donations


Take advantage of the PBS Hawai‘i Vehicle Donation Program, including free, convenient car pickup.



Support PBS Hawai‘i and avoid the hassles of selling your used car, truck, van, SUV, or motorcycle!


It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Download and fill out the Vehicle Donation form *.
  • E-mail it back to, or FAX it back to 462-5090 (Attn: Vehicle Donations) or mail it to:

PBS Hawai‘i
Vehicle Donations
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

  • The vehicle donations coordinator will contact you to discuss your potential donation.


Take advantage of the PBS Hawai‘i Vehicle Donation Program, and we’ll make the arrangements to conveniently pick-up your vehicle at no cost to you. After your vehicle is sold, we’ll send you a receipt for your tax records. Proceeds from sale, minus any fees, will be donated to PBS Hawai‘i in your name.


If you have any further questions, please call 462-5044.

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