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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.

UH Hilo Chancellor envisions greater access for all students
“A student told me that studying abroad at another university opened a door of opportunity she did not even know was there. This is what I see happening at UH Hilo.”
$1M gift to UH Athletics supports Hawaiʻi student-athletes in any sport
The $1.05 million gift from Rie Wong establishes the Edwin & Rie Wong Endowment Fund for UH Mānoa student-athletes.
Scholarships make a difference for my life, and for Hawaiʻi
Damien Wallace is a sophomore at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Marathon runner’s inspiring journey: A charitable donation for cancer research
Ed Buck, founder of E.A. Buck Financial Services and the Buck Charitable Foundation, conquered miles on the track and channeled his love for running into a force for good with a donation to the UH Cancer Center at last year’s Honolulu Marathon.
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management assists with Maui workforce development
Financial Advisor Claire Miyasato and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management are donating funds for career development and technical education to UH Maui College’s Ka Holu initiative.
John Chin Young scholarships “capture the moment” for UH artists
Hawaiʻi-born painter John Chin Young expressed moments and motion in quick strokes, influenced by Chinese calligraphy he studied as a child.
UH Hilo is a learning experience for this student-athlete 5,000 miles from home
Chloe Culanding is a senior at UH Hilo, where she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and is in her fourth year as a student-athlete on the women’s volleyball team at UH Hilo.
UH Maui College culinary students pivot from food prep to packing produce
For two months after the fires, the culinary arts program’s Pāʻina Building was a food preparation hub where 200,000 meals were prepped, cooked and sent out for delivery for members of the community displaced by fires.
Scholarship helps me shoot for the stars
Dorian Yoshizumi grew up in Kāneʻohe and graduated from Castle High School, where he took classes and earned college credits through Hawaiʻi’s Early College program.