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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.

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. 

Building a Sustainable Future for Hawai‘i

Through their strategic support, the Pauleys are inspiring the next generation to create a sustainable environment in Hawai‘i and the world.

Nobel Laureates Inspire UH in Cancer Fight

Since 2010, the Weinman Foundation Fund for Innovation has brought five Nobel Laureates to UH, to inspire new ideas in the fight against cancer.

Test Could Help Find Bladder Cancer Sooner

Dr. Charles Rosser, winner of the 2014 Weinman Innovator Award, is working on a new test that could mean earlier detection of the most prevalent cancer in the U.S.

Conserving Biology, Little by Little

Dr. Sheila Conant, zoology professor emerita, says she has given annual gifts to UH since 1977 “because there are programs that I really feel need support.”

Transforming Education in Hawai‘i and Abroad

The newly-established Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education uses an innovative approach to teach philosophy to Hawai‘i children. 

Retirement Hobby Helps Botany Program

Dr. Daniel Palmer’s donation of more than 2,700 fern specimens to the UH botanical specimen repository will help broaden our knowledge of Hawai‘i’s ferns.

Discovery Channel Touts UH “Jellyfish Lady”

The Jellyfish Lady. That’s what the Discovery Channel calls Dr. Angel Yanagihara of JABSOM. Learn about her research and an ointment she calls “the sting stopper.”

Dieter and Annette Mueller-Dombois

Together, they have made a bequest to the University of Hawai‘i. The Dieter and Annette Mueller-Dombois Endowed Fellowship will be established from a portion of their estate. As stated in the gift agreement, this fellowship will fund "graduate or post-doctoral research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences, Department of Botany in the area of island ecosystems and vegetation ecology."

Opening Doors for Graduate Students

“A big mahalo to the donors who help graduate students like me with their research!” —Aurora Tsai, applied linguistics student at UH Mānoa

Confocal Microscope Turns Science into Art

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for UH Mānoa scientists, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. Watch the video.

Victor and Peggy Pavel

One of the things that kept him going was his commitment to establishing a legacy of education and conservation that honored Peggy and supported their interests. Victor left $10 million to support UH programs, students and research. His gift is a true expression of hope. And love for his beloved wife.