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American Savings Bank Builds On 40 Year Old Scholarship Endowment With $65,000 Gift

Building on its longtime support of education in Hawai‘i, American Savings Bank (ASB) has donated $65,000 to the American Savings Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund. The company established this scholarship at the University of Hawai‘i in 1978. Over the last 40 years, this scholarship has been awarded 55 times.

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Bringing Picture Brides’ Stories to Life
March 14, 2018

The Barbara Kawakami Collection at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is “the most significant collection of Issei (first generation Japanese) immigration and plantation clothing in the world,” according to JANM.

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University of Hawai‘i Foundation President & CEO Donna Vuchinich Planning her Retirement

After 14 years at the helm, University of Hawai‘i Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich is planning her retirement from her position. She will serve in her current role until a successor is named and assist with the transition to new leadership.

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Professor Honors Special Collection Of Friends
March 8, 2018

To express his gratitude and affection for many of the Hamilton Librarians with whom he has worked for more than five decades, Al has endowed a new fund which he titled The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Endowment in Honor of Its Faculty and Staff.

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L- R: Bill Melohn, Dr. Carbone and Trudi Melohn.
Dr. Michele Carbone recognized with Endowed Chair in Cancer Biology

The University of Hawai‘i has awarded the William and Ellen Melohn Chair in Cancer Biology to Dr. Michele Carbone in recognition of his research in cancer genetics.  This endowed chair was created with a generous gift from the Melohn family to the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center. 

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Building on Sandi Portnoy's Powerful Legacy
February 22, 2018

Throughout her life, Sandi Lynn Edelstein Portnoy was active in women’s issues. She volunteered for and supported abortion rights, victims of domestic violence, and equal pay. In her memory, her husband Jeff Portnoy and more than 100 friends have established the Sandi Portnoy Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Women’s Issues.

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