Dr. Ricardo Trimillos didn't plan to focus his research on the music of a Muslim community in the southern Philippines. He played the koto, a stringed instrument from Japan, and that's where his interests resided. When a group of friends planned a research trip to the Philippines, he agreed to go along, and spent the rest of his career sharing his expertise in Filipino culture and music.
Fueled by his unrelenting commitment to the field, he established the Architecture Department within the College of Arts and Sciences, served as the department's first chair, and established both the four-year pre-architecture undergraduate degree program and the pre-professional programs in landscape architecture and interior design.
Mr. Isle set up the Tully J. Isle Endowed scholarship to encourage and assist students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at UH Mānoa. He also established the fund in memory of his father Charles, his mother Lucille and his brother James.
The Daeufers dedicated their careers to education and while Alice passed away in 2004, through her and Carl's generous Hawai'i philanthropy they have ensured that the College of Education can offer students the support they need to become good educators.
Kathleen Jaycox enjoyed a 41 year career as an educator, helping students help themselves. Before her retirement in 2010, she served as a community college administrator in both Illinois and Hawai'i.
UH alumni and steady donors Sheena and Fred Ing are lifelong, dedicated UH sports fans who cheer the teams every chance they get. From holding season tickets in the 1970s and enjoying the Men's Basketball "Fab Five" run to Derek Tatsuno's baseball years, this energetic couple has been rooting for UH.
Veteran University of Hawai'i at Mānoa plant breeder and corn expert Dr. James Brewbaker has established an endowed fellowship with outright and estate gifts totaling $1 million.
Lieutenant Commander Lee Shannon knowing that he may not survive his deployment, Shannon asked the UH Foundation planned giving team to help him create an endowment to perpetuate his life's work.