PBS Hawaii moves forward with plans for new Kalihi station

A rendering of PBS Hawaii's new home on Nimitz Hwy. and Sand Island Access Rd. (Courtesy: PBS Hawaii)

PBS Hawaii is preparing to begin construction on its new home on Nimitz Hwy. and Sand Island Access Rd. later this year, with completion in 2016.

Hawaii’s only public television station has begun the process of selecting a general contractor. One will be chosen this summer.

The station has been successful in raising $22 million to renovate and expand the existing one-story structure at the former KFVE Newsplex site and continues to actively fundraise with a goal of $30 million.

PBS Hawaii owns the property.

For 49 years, the nonprofit station has operated out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The station will be losing its lease as UH seeks more instruction space.

“All of us at PBS Hawaii are so excited to get underway with work on our new home,” said PBS Hawaii Board Chair Robbie Alm. “We still have lots to do, and more funds to raise to realize the dream of a PBS Hawaii for a new century, but it is great to be officially underway.”

PBS Hawaii’s two-story Clarence T.C. Ching Campus will house a main television studio; an emergency broadcast center; and a Media Innovation Center, which will serve Hawaii’s students through the station’s flagship statewide student news initiative, Hiki No.

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