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Nurturing, Growth, and the Next Step for Windward Communities
Nurturing, Growth, and the Next Step for Windward Communities
February 6, 2018

Just over four years ago, Kekai Edayan’s obstacles to a college education were daunting and prohibitive. He heard about Windward Community College’s Paipai o Ko‘olau “through the grapevine,” and gave it a shot with 49 other residents of Windward O‘ahu as part of the initiative’s first cohort.

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Izutsu Kosasa Otsuki
$700,000 Funds Professorship Honoring Dr. Satoru Izutsu

To thank and recognize Dr. Satoru Izutsu for the many lives he has touched throughout the world during his career in medicine, Dr. Thomas Kosasa donated $500,000 to establish the Satoru Izutsu, PhD Endowed Professorship of Medical Education at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and an additional $100,000 that can be used immediately. To build on the impact of the new endowment, Dr. Izutsu contributed an additional $100,000.

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Patricia Ann Weber Lee
$200,000 Gift to 'Imiloa Astronomy Center Honors Patricia Ann Weber Lee

The prominent native garden in front of the restaurant at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center has been named in memory of Patricia Ann Weber Lee through a $200,000 gift made by her husband, Francis Kainoa Lee, and their sons, Kainoa Christopher Lee and Keali‛iaea Kenneth Lee on September 20, 2017.  With this generous gift, ‘Imiloa is launching a campaign to fund the creation of an outdoor “classroom” to educate visitors a

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Matsuda endowment recognized at halftime
Matsuda endowment recognized at halftime

The establishment of the Paul Y. Matsuda Endowed Scholarship for UH Hilo Men's Basketball was recognized at halftime of the Vulcans 1/27/18 basketball game against Point Loma.

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Walmart Foundation supports "Cooking up a Rainbow Food Truck"

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation/Kapi‘olani Community College received a $50,000 Walmart Foundation grant to support Kapi‘olani CC’s “Cooking up a Rainbow Food Truck.” This award is helping to fund the outfitting of a custom food truck that will be used to deliver nutritious, balanced meals to children eligible for free and reduced lunches during summer break. The team using the truck will also provide healthy and affordable cooking lessons and obesity prevention education in rural communities.

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Gene-ius Day Program
Gene-ius Day Program Kindles Curiosity and Creates Lifelong Learners
January 29, 2018

The Saturday program began in 2008. Originally aimed at elementary-schoolers, it has expanded so students may continue from year to year. In the fall of 2017, it welcomed its first high-school learners. Now students participate at all grade levels, and this is just one of three outreach efforts headed by Wieczorek, CTAHR’s Interim Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

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