groundbreaking

AMERICAN MASTERS
Norman Lear

 

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. Featuring interviews with George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and Lear himself.

 

E.O. Wilson:
of Ants and Men

 

This film chronicles the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

 

From 1941 to 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training; she was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work literally helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Ray and Charles Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum – offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture, but their influence on significant events and movements in American life – from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood.

 

Construction Underway on PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiWhen I see heavy equipment operators at work on the site of PBS Hawaii’s future NEW HOME on Nimitz Boulevard, I think of the local expression: “Hemo and demo!” “Hemo” is pidgin for remove; “demo,” of course, is English shorthand for demolish.

 

Our general contractor, Allied Builders System, is going strong, taking down walls, roof lines, and other elements of the one-story former KFVE Newsplex, and carting out the rubble. Workers also are strengthening and adding infrastructure, including protected conduits to support cables and fiber links.

 

As the work visibly progresses to add a second story and create a modern educational media center serving all islands, more people are taking an interest and even volunteering hands-on help. We try for a personal touch at this statewide TV station—and we’re thrilled when viewers reach out to us, too.

 

PBS Hawaii Construction
Demolition is underway at our NEW HOME location, an acre-sized lot at the entrance to Sand Island Access Road. Work also begins on strengthening infrastructure to construct a second story.

 

For example, here are some ways that viewers have offered to assist:

  • A longtime Oahu nursery wants to supply some of the landscaping plants.
  • An accomplished Kauai woodworker wants to handcraft and donate a beautiful conference table.
  • A fine artist has volunteered to paint a large wall with images that reflect the people of the islands served by PBS Hawaii.

 

And, surprise! A top commercial television station, Hawaii News Now, made an unprecedented gift of airtime for us to make our case to a different audience. General manager Rick Blangiardi turned over to us the commercial breaks during two 10:00 pm simulcast Hawaii News Now newscasts on January 13.

 

Viewers from towns and hamlets from every populated Hawaiian island except Niihau have made contributions. Generally, these donors are not well-heeled philanthropists, but people of modest means who are sacrificing to make a one-time capital contribution. Our “free” over-the-air, educational programming reaches 25 of the 25 most financially disadvantaged places in the islands.

 

We believe in the truth of these sayings: Education is the great equalizer; and a rising tide floats all boats.

 

Many people care about having universal access to educational programs, with quality storytelling that profoundly touches lives. PBS Hawaii has raised $23.7 of our $30 million goal.

 

With extensive grassroots support and major funding from respected charitable foundations and the Hawaii State government, we are now appealing to more individuals and businesses to help us turn the corner on our goal.  We welcome checks, online donations, and appreciated securities, such as stocks and bonds; retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA; and bequests.

 

We’d love to hear from you! Your name can become part of this NEW HOME, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, for a donation of $500 or more. And with larger amounts, there are excellent naming opportunities, such as a Keiki Neighborhood, HIKI NŌ editing suite, and an emergency broadcast center.

 

Please call PBS Hawaii NEW HOME at ph. 955-0500; go to PBSHawaii.org/newhome.

 

From “hemo and demo,” let’s work together to create a new island home for learning and discovery through authentic storytelling about Hawaii and the world.

 

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The Journey to Now: PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME Groundbreaking

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii

There were bright smiles and tears of joy at a highly anticipated moment:  groundbreaking for PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME.

 

The event took place at the site of the former KFVE Newsplex at a corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.

 

You might think groundbreaking is the start of this building project.  Not so. We were a long time in reaching this starting point!  But the end is in sight:  PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

 

This journey to a NEW HOME began with the University of Hawaii at Manoa deciding to re-purpose the building we now lease for its own student instruction. Because it’s no easy task moving a statewide public television station, the UH generously gave us time to relocate.

From left: Former Board Chair Neil Hannahs; current Board Chair Robbie Alm; Leslie Wilcox; HIKI NO graduate Victoria Cuba; Board Facilities Chair Cameron Nekota; Group 70 International Vice Chair Sheryl Seaman; Allied Builders VP and Chief Estimator Justin Izumi

 

Over several years, our Board directed contributions and organizational savings so we could buy a new site outright. The opportunity came during January 2009; it was during the Great Recession. The price for this acre along the Nimitz corridor was $5.2 million.

 

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation pledged $5 million more. That allowed us to get to work designing a building for the 21st century. Broadcast technology and digital media changed rapidly and sometimes immensely; we had to keep re-imagining.

 

Now, here we are, with a creative and solid plan by Group 70 International and with Allied Builders System revving up equipment to construct a two-story, 30,000-square-foot building. It’ll have open interior space encouraging collaboration; a main television studio; an emergency broadcast center; and a media innovation center.

 

The total price tag is $30 million, including the land cost. With about $23.5 million raised, thanks to the people of Hawaii, we have $6.5 million to go.  We’re seeking help from those who enjoy our programming or projects–and have not yet contributed. Everything counts. We welcome all help to continue serving as Hawaii’s largest classroom, biggest presenter of performing arts, and as a rich video archive of the state’s people, culture, and history.  For more information, call ph. 955.0500 or go to PBSHawaii.org/newhome.