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No major university can grow and excel without a healthy mix of public and private funds. Private contributions leverage public funds and maximize taxpayer dollars. Through partnering with philanthropic investors, our university can sustain excellence and enhance the student experience, making our campuses learning destinations of choice.

Many of the donors who give major gifts to the University of Hawaiʻi do so to support a program, school, or area of study that they believe in. Without exception, their gift has a major impact on our students, faculty and campus community as a whole.

Student’s ʻohana gives back by renovating UH Mānoa welcome center
A new, modern welcome center will greet prospective students to the UH Mānoa, thanks to the generosity of a spring 2024 graduate and her family.
Forever grateful for a UH education
Dayle Onishi believes that a bachelor’s degree from UH gave her opportunities to learn and grow.
Relationships inspire gifts to honor family, culture
“We first gave to the university because of relationships. We continue to give because of these – and so many more – relationships.”
Scholarships make science more accessible to a broader audience
Carlos Tramonte is a first-year PhD student studying marine biology at UH Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute for Marine Biology.
Gift from UH alumna Dr. Harriet Natsuyama funds undergrad research at UH Hilo
Dr. Harriet Natsuyama’s gift establishes the Alexa and Sean Light of Nature Research Award.
My donors’ generosity impacts my family and my future patients
Raelynn Kiyuna is a student pharmacist at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo.
Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation empowers students to break out of siloed education
A new initiative supporting retention, graduation, and career readiness for UH’s diverse student population aims for collaboration of arts and sciences disciplines across UH’s campuses.
Shidler alum’s scholarship creates inclusivity for accounting grad students
Tom Wellman wanted to make more of an impact at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business, especially for students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Scholarship empowers students, connects to Ball’s legacy
The Alice Augusta Ball Endowed Scholarship was established by retired faculty librarian Paul Wermager, supporting and empowering students to pursue and earn degrees in chemistry, biology or microbiology at UH Mānoa. In this short story, recipients share how the scholarship has impacted them.