PBS Hawaii held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning morning on the site of its future home — 315 Sand Island Access Road in Kalihi.

The public television station’s lease with the University of Hawaii at Manoa is expiring. Thus far, PBS Hawaii — it’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit — has raised more than 75 percent of its $30 million capital campaign goal.

“This will be a 21st-century building for a 21st-century Hawaii,” Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii president and CEO, said in a statement. “Our team has spent a great deal of time on the technology design…which will further help us create, communicate and collaborate.”

Construction of The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus is expected to finish in early 2016, a press release explains. General contractor Allied Builders System is overseeing the project, with Group 70 International as architect.

In attendance for the ceremony were “Hiki No” graduates Shisa Kahaunaele and Victoria Cuba (see photo), both now college students who say their lives have “dramatically changed” because of the community’s investment in “Hiki No,” a statewide student news service.

“Hiki No” promotes “modern workforce and life skills” — e.g., interviewing, filming, writing and editing. Local programing on PBS Hawaii also includes “Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox,” “Insights” and “Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song.”

(Full disclosure: I’m an occasional guest on “Insights” and help judge “Hiki No” clips. Unpaid gigs, both.)

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