Skip to main content

Support from donors unleashes the incredible potential of a brilliant researcher. It is the partnership between donor, faculty, and students that creates new knowledge and transforms lives in Hawaiʻi and the world.

Each day, hundreds of faculty members and students throughout the state are engaged in groundbreaking research in areas as diverse as astronomy, cancer studies, teacher training and education, ethnic and cultural studies, government and public policies, ocean and earth science, international relations, high technology development, and business development in general.

In an increasingly competitive world, universities cannot rely solely on government funding to support research. It is the investment and vision of private donors that fuels the groundbreaking stages of research – research that may then be supported by government funding.

Enhancing Okinawan Studies

Kama and Kamato Akamine immigrated to Hawai‘i from Oroku, Okinawa, in the early 1900s. Their hard work and personal history inspired their daughters to endow a fund in their honor.

40 Years and $2M of Support

For 40 years, a group of Hawai‘i women have been quietly working to keep America competitive by supporting some of the University of Hawai‘i’s brightest graduate students. Meet inspiring students and learn about the innovative research benefiting from the ARCS Foundation’s dedication.

Launching Green Initiative Awards

For the University of Hawai‘i, sustainability is more than a buzzword. Read about a new award that recognizes students and faculty for initiative, innovation, creativity, and civic engagement in campus and community sustainability.

Aspiring High School Engineers

While most kids were at the beach this summer, 19 gifted Hawaiʻi high school students received hands-on learning and mentorship from engineering professionals.

Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide

Coral reefs worldwide are threatened. Learn how the HIMB project Connecting Coral Reefs is addressing this critical conservation issue.

Award Encourages ‘Go for Broke’ Spirit

Micah Glasgow recieved the 2015 UH Hilo Community Spirit Award for his research in pediatric cancer and his community service engaging local keiki in science.

Investing in Healthy Women & Children

A $5M gift to JABSOM’s OB/GYN program will help UH medical students, residents and faculty continue helping to deliver 1/3 of the babies born in Hawaiʻi every year. 

Working to Restore ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

The Ford Foundation is supporting the critical work of UH Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani, renowned for its Hawaiian language revitalization success.

Remembering Loving, Encouraging Parents

Dr. Santosh Sharma pursued a rewarding career as physician and scientist with her parents’ encouragement. To honor them, she has endowed a chair at JABSOM.

Moyers Fund Cancer Care for Maui Families

“Clinical trials of medications offer HOPE. This endowment will allow everyone the opportunity for clinical trials ... right here on Maui.” —Tim Moyer

Investing in Healthy Hearts

Dr. Ralph Shohet’s grandfather died of a heart attack in 1977. “If we had been able to treat him with modern approaches, we might have had another 10 years with him.”

Discovering the Ocean’s Microbial Megacity

UH scientists have made intriguing discoveries about ocean microbes’ daily cycles. Learn more about new ways of studying the ocean’s tiniest inhabitants.