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Nurturing Faculty Excellence

Endowed chairs and professorships greatly enhance the prestige of academic institutions. They are powerful vehicles used to celebrate distinction and are given to scholars or teachers who are widely recognized as leaders in their field. These endowments help our university attract and retain the best faculty and students.

An endowed chair or professorship is more than an honorific for the academic chosen to hold it. It offers a private source of funding that enables the chair holder to take advantage of opportunities, finance important research, fund necessary instrumentation, attract post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and support collaborations with other colleagues.

Creating endowed chairs and professorships is a priority at the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation because of the powerful and direct impact these academics have on our students, our faculty and our future.

Faculty awards recognize outstanding contributions in education and nurture faculty excellence. Awards are a meaningful way to thank and acknowledge the stellar work faculty do, in their important role as mentors to the next generation and forward-thinking researchers.

Distinguished lecture series enhance our campuses’ ability to stimulate intellectual vitality in our community. Through public lectures given by distinguished leaders and renowned scholars, our community is introduced to new ideas and engages in the exchange of knowledge.

Nā Pou Hana donors honored for their generosity with plaques, ceremony

UH West Oʻahu’s largest donors were celebrated and honored on Friday, when plaques noting their contributions were unveiled on specially designed plaques in the newly opened Administration and Health Sciences Building.

Building on Hawaiian Immersion Educators’ Legacy

As part of the endowment, Kukahiko will receive $10,000 over two semesters to support the development of her program, Kauhale Kumu (teacher community), which focuses on the holistic retention of teachers in the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) Hawaiian Immersion Program.

Endowments Bring People around the Pacific Together

Kyung Sun “Kay” Chung is the benefactor of several scholarship endowments at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, aiming for increased understanding and appreciation of U.S. linkages to Korea’s culture, economy and law.

Growing a social work and health workforce uniquely trained in Hawaiian culture

In order to address health and social disparities within the Native Hawaiian community, the HMSA Foundation awarded the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at UH $73,500 to support Ke A‘o Mau , an immersion-enhanced educational program that focuses on Native Hawaiians.

Cancer exercise research program pairs students with patients

Paulette M. Yamada, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS), will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students how to use exercise training to maintain the health of cancer survivors as they undergo (toxic) cancer treatments.

Addressing Hawai‘i’s affordable housing crisis

ASB and other donors are deepening our understanding of the affordable housing issue and developing solutions.

Industry sector partnerships lead to new banking curriculum

A new curriculum developed at the University of Hawaiʻi through a partnership with Hawaiʻi’s banking industry will train the “universal bankers” of tomorrow. It’s one of the outcomes of innovative industry sector partnerships across the state. The sector partnership activities are part of UH’s broader Building Hawaiʻi’s Innovation Economy and Workforce initiative, which was launched in 2016 with the support of Strada Education Network.

World premiere of Raise Hawaiki

Hōkūleʻa’s return to Magic Island marked the end of one long trek and the beginning of an epic celebration highlighted by the premiere of “Raise Hawaiki,” a composition by Dr. Michael-Thomas Foumai, a University of Hawai‘i music lecturer.  

Dr. Ricardo Trimillos

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.

Education pioneer rewards good people

For those in higher education, the opportunities for advancement are fairly limited in Hawai‘i as compared to other states. Anything that helps reward these folks for the work they do, every little bit helps,” said Dr. Kormondy.

Linares: Arts are food for mind and soul

Vincent Linares, UH Maui College emeritus professor, opens up about art, education and the power of giving in this Q&A.

Funding exciting work In education

Kofi Annan said, ‘Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.’ Simply stated, if students cannot make meaning of the content they are reading, they lose hope. Meet the Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education who is building hope.