Hawaii Public Television Foundation

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aka PBS Hawaii   |   Honolulu, HI   |  WWW.PBSHAWAII.ORG

Mission

PBS Hawaii advances learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches lives.

Ruling year info

2000

President and CEO

Ms. Leslie Wilcox

Main address

315 Sand Island Access Road

Honolulu, HI 96819 USA

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EIN

99-0334518

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Television (A32)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HIKI NO

HIKI NO (Hawaiian for "can do") is Hawaii's New Wave of Storytellers, with students from large and small communities across the islands learning and applying digital storytelling skills to produce stories that meet national PBS journalism and production standards.

The PBS Hawaii award-winning learning initiative at 90 schools strong, helps elementary, middle and high school students develop the interpersonal, collaborative and critical thinking skills they need to build success in school, college and careers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The PBS Hawaii multimedia literacy initiative, includes enriching read-aloud events at libraries statewide encouraging children to improve their reading skills. Children at every GET CAUGHT READING read-aloud event receive a free book and bookmark, so they may read on their own and have others read aloud to them.

Community members are invited to publicly read passages they find personally meaningful on PBS Hawaii, which the public can view on-air or online at www.pbshawaii.org/get-caught-reading. There are more than 40 people who have recorded passages from novels, poems and biographies, sharing their love of reading.

Through GET CAUGHT READING, PBS Hawaii is sharing positive role models and the rich benefits of reading as a community value to uphold for children and people of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PBS Hawaii is a convener of people, information and diverse perspectives – a role we fulfill each week on topics and issues important in Hawaii on our live and livestreaming statewide community forum.

In Election years, Insights on PBS Hawaii provides more opportunities for dialog between candidates in local races and their constituents than any other Hawaii television broadcaster.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PBS Hawaii is home to musical performances from musicians across the islands who interpret and perform traditional Hawaiian music while sharing stories about the musical influences and personal experiences that inspired them to write the songs and lyrics.

Music performances are taped in the PBS Hawaii Multimedia Studio and in some of Hawaii's most beautiful and historic locations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Insightful one-on-one conversations with people from diverse backgrounds who share their life values and life choices – choices that helped shaped the communities where they live and work.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PBS Hawaii showcases independent films that enable viewers to experience and gain a greater understanding of the diverse people, cultures and stories of Hawaii and the Pacific.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Hours of new local programming which serves to educate the public and perpetuate the cultures of Hawaii and the Pacific

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

New hours include: Insights on PBS Hawaii, Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song, PBS Hawaii Presents, Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, HIKI NO, Town Hall meetings and new film presentations.

Number of Title I students participating in the PBS Hawaii HIKI NO program

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Title I public school students represent nearly half of all students trained in HIKI NO. Low-income students comprise 47.2% or more of the student body enrolled in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program.

Perform due diligence for post-pandemic rental of TV studio and possible leasing of some office space

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due diligence of our studio and building facilities will enable PBS Hawaii to financially recover post COVID-19 and develop a more resilient business model for the future through rental income.

Successfully launch a multimedia community resilience project

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As residents continue to stay home due to COVID-19, we are reaching out with messages of cultural wisdom in these challenging times.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The PBS Hawaii Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2023 includes the following goals:

Goal 1: Deliver learning and discovery to Hawaii in a changing media landscape

Goal 2: Design and develop a more resilient business model

The following strategies have the greatest potential to help PBS Hawaii achieve its goals over the next three years:

Priority 1 – Business Development
Develop business partnerships that diversify revenues, introduce efficiencies, or otherwise strengthen the business model.

Priority 2 - Diversification of Content
Meet the challenges of a subscription-based world by developing new content and different formats. Make creative and contextual use of the station’s rich archives. Feed and robustly grow web/online offerings. Develop partnerships to create new content and build a larger network of talent.

Priority 3 - Civic Engagement
Provide unfettered public access to information that people can trust. Develop local content, programs, and experiences that can effectively compete for people’s attention, and that present diverse views with PBS Hawaii serving as an engaging, neutral ground where the people’s voices are carefully considered.

Priority 4 - Cultural Stewardship
Bring our PBS Hawaii heritage forward to today’s audience, and generate new content and experiences with the express purpose of preserving and promoting Hawaii’s unique culture so that it is valued, appreciated, and carried forward.

Priority 5 - Content for Children
Provide and develop high quality content and experiences for Hawaii’s children that successfully competes with other media as entertaining, values-based, and educational.

Our experienced Staff is working to achieve Strategic Goals 1 and 2 aided by five strategic priorities identified and outlined by PBS Hawaii Board and Staff. As a guide to achieving our Strategic Plan, Staff is organized under the following departments: Administration, Advancement, Communications, Content, Learning Initiatives and Programming.

PBS Hawaii has completed ground work towards the achievement of our three-year Strategic Plan starting July 1, 2020 including:

1. Work as a presenting partner on a new independent film on the life of Winona Desha Beamer, music composer, singer, hula practitioner, storyteller and cultural touchstone.

2. Identified historic Hawaii archival stories and footage for use in our local, independent film showcase, “PBS Hawaii Presents.”

3. Engaged students from Title I schools in the “HIKI NO Class of 2020” specials to share what they learned through HIKI NO and how their experiences helped them determine their choices in college, careers and life.

4. Met with a consultants to explore renting our television studio at off hours and leasing office space.

5. Completed creative design elements of a new multimedia resilience project.

Financials

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Hawaii Public Television Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
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Board chair

Ms. Joanne Grimes

Carlsmith Ball LLP

Jason Haruki

First Hawaiian Bank

Joy Miura Koerte

Fujita and Miura Public Relations

Kent Tsukamoto

Accuity LLP

Muriel Anderson

Retired Travel Industry Executive

Susan Bendon

Bendon Family Foundation

Jodi Endo Chai

State Public Utilities Commission

James Duffy, Jr.

Mediator/Retired State Supreme Court Associate Justice

Matthew Emerson

Bank of Hawaii

Jake Fergus

Fergus and Company

Jason Fujimoto

HPM Ltd.

Noelani Kalipi

Kalipi Enterprises

Ian Kitajima

Oceanit

Kamani Kualaau

Atalanta Sosnoff

Theresia McMurdo

CETRA Technology

Bettina Mehnert

Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Ryan Nobriga

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.

Aaron Sala

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

Kaiulani Sodaro

The Resort Group LLC

L. Suiso

Searider Productions Foundation

Bruce Voss

Bays Lung Rose and Holma

Kuhao Zane

Sig Zane Designs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No