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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.

Transforming Our Community Through Students and Research

An inspired donor’s gift will fund scholarships for underrepresented students, expand our knowledge of the universe, save Hawai‘i's endangered plants and more.

Safeguarding Captured Moments of Okinawan History

How did UH Mānoa come to own the finest Ryukyuan (indigenous Okinawan) collection of materials in the United States?

Research from Cellular to Global Scale

In 2008 Professor David Karl was named the recipient of a $3.79 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue and expand research on the microbial inhabitants of the world's oceans. 

The Frontier of Modern Biological Science

Coral reef ecosystems provide value to coastal communities at an estimated net benefit of $29.8 billion a year from tourism, fisheries, coastal protection, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration. 

Language, Cognition & Questions on Testing

Ambitious, globally connected doctoral students in the College of Language, Linguistics and Literature at UH Mānoa are receiving financial support so they can focus on their dissertations, conduct field research and complete their course work. 

Building the Future, Understanding the Past

The Henry Luce Foundation's Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archeology and Early History made an investment in understanding our past by awarding $500,000 to the Department of Anthropology. 

$3.58M Advances Mesothelioma Research

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that line the chest and abdominal cavities. A $3.58-M gift to the UH Cancer Center will help them remain at the forefront of thoracic oncology research. 

Understanding Neurodegenerative Disorders

The world just got a little closer to understanding and treating neurodegenerative disorders thanks to the Litchman family. 

Annual Gifts Fund Fascinating Fieldwork

The Arts & Sciences Expanding the Student Experience Fund has allowed students to pursue extraordinary research in their fields. Man "Beryl" Yang reports after her trip to China.

James Brewbaker

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.

Lee Shannon

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.

Cynthia Yumei Ning

With an eye on the future, Chung-Fong and Grace sent their eldest son and daughter to America for college. The two teenagers arrived with a few belongings, full scholarships, and $500 cash each, in the late 1950s. A decade later, the family followed and eventually made Hawai'i home.