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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 ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi production makes historic debut off-Broadway

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiian language production, ʻAuʻa ʻIa: Holding On brought down the house in New York on January 7 as the featured opening act at an off-Broadway festival.

Educator Fortifies Arts and Cancer Research

Through her philanthropy, she continues to influence patrons and performers. Nichols bequeathed a portion of her estate to establish the Norma Bird Nichols, PhD Asian Theatre Endowment Fund.

Future vet changed paths after call from UH

The senior at Maryknoll School had acceptance letters and her parents’ full support for a mainland school.

HVAC Pilot Program for Cool Future

With HVAC mechanics and installers earning an average salary of $60,880, the program provides Maui residents with a structured career pathway that pays a living wage while addressing worker shortages for local employers.

Fukuyamas Honor Life’s Work of Island Medical Pioneer

Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, MD, founding chair of the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, was revered as a kauka, or healer, in our state’s Native Hawaiian community, and as a tireless advocate for learning and increased opportunities for Hawaiʻi citizens.

Helping UH Maui students beat obstacles

Encouraging students to persevere is precisely the intent of the Masao and Michiko Okasako Scholarship at UH Maui College.

Support for “plug-and-play” Educational Tool

The “plug and play” tool will allow educators to customize OER textbooks by adding interactive assessments to enhance student retention, engagement, and accountability.

Gift Endows ARCS Advancing Science Awards

A $500,000 gift from a woman who never lost her love of learning will generate ARCS Scholar Awards in perpetuity in oceanography and other fields at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Hilo in her DNA

Time magazine named Dr. Jennifer Doudna one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Rolling Stone included her in its Women Shaping the Future issue, saying she helped make a discovery “that could change life on Earth.”