New KHNL / K5 Media Center set to debut

Keith Aotaki
Keith Aotaki
John Fink
John Fink

By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- After 13 years of broadcasting news from its Sand Island Access Road location, KHNL News 8 and K-5 will be joining forces under one roof before year's end.

Construction is moving full speed ahead to build a state-of-the-art media center that will change the way we produce, and viewers watch our news.

"Obviously at the end of the day, the goal is to provide an interesting, relevant and compelling newscast," said KHNL / K-5 General manager John Fink.

"But we have have some bells and whistles that we will talk about as we move forward but by the end of the year and into the new year. I think people will get excited as we are about the technological advances of KHNL, not to mention some of the quality issues were looking at."

Construction on the new facility began several months ago, and the change has come fast and furious.

Much like the technology that shapes our world today.

And for that reason,  the goal in building a new facility is not so much to plan for today or even tomorrow,  but to be far ahead of the technological curve.

"You try to design a system built for the future," said KHNL/K-5 Director Of Engineering Keith Aotaki.  "It may be 4 or 5 years out and its a challenge to come up with designs and ways for doing it and building an infrastructure that can house it. That's the challenge."

The new media center will also serve as a centerpiece for the surrounding community to grow according to General manager John Fink.

"There are great plans for  development for the whole area in terms of what may happen over the next 5 to 10 years,  and I think it will all benefit the people around here as well as the businesses in the community," said Fink.

Look for KHNL News to begin broadcasting out of the new media center by year's end.