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.
Recent Impact Stories
Alexis Akiona wants students at Honolulu Community College's Fashion Technology program to know someone believes in them.
As a single parent, Sarah Moore believes that getting an associate’s degree without neglecting personal responsibilities is a key first step toward a meaningful career and helping others with similar struggles.
“One of the most devastating things to hear is when your spouse tells you they have cancer,” says Les McCoy.
“This year, one year to the week after Mom’s death, the name of one of the nursing students rang a bell,” says Mary Williamson. “At first I couldn’t figure out why."
An anonymous donor has given $2.5 million to UH in memory of the renowned botanist Harold St. John.
Nine Kapiʻolani Community College students, accompanied by three faculty members, journeyed to Ireland last summer as part the first study-abroad cooperation between the Lunalilo Scholars Program and the Paul S. Honda International Center.
The event honored the generous donors who made gifts to support student scholarships at UH West O‘ahu and celebrated the student scholarship recipients.
The 68-foot semi-displacement aluminum catamaran will be used by a team of 12 researchers at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.
Jonathan Merage is expanding his support to fund two new studies that aim to help meteorologists better understand destructive supercell thunderstorms and the role that terrain can play in the generation of the precursors to most deadly tornadoes.