PBS Hawaii gets $5m grant, moving to new digs

PBS Hawaii rendering of The Clarence T.C. Ching campus
PBS Hawaii rendering of The Clarence T.C. Ching campus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has awarded PBS Hawaii a $5 million grant to help build a new home in Honolulu.

PBS says the funds were needed because it is losing its lease at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

PBS Hawaii's future home will be located along Nimitz Highway at 315 Sand Island Access Road and will be named The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus.

The public television station will renovate and expand an existing one-story building on the site and re-locate operations in 2014. The site, purchased in January 2009, formerly housed the KHNL/KFVE Newsplex.

PBS Hawaii Board Chair Robert Alm noted that The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation is known for making strategic community investments, especially in education. "We're thankful and honored to have the foundation's trust and its generous support," he said.

PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said that to date, the station has secured $17 million to create a 21st-century community gathering place and forum for civil discourse.

The $17 million is more than half of the $30 million PBS aims to raise for the complex.

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