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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.

“Business Night” fosters student and professional interactions

The 58th Annual Shidler College of Business premier student event “Business Night” drew over 500 business professionals and students to Sheraton Waikiki on May 2nd for an evening of networking, learning and sharing.

Estanique Persevered, Found Educational Success Despite Anguished Start

Sheila Estanique’s path to a college degree wasn’t smooth by any stretch of the imagination. Many experience potholes and bumps along the way, and Estanique’s rough years as a teen and young adult almost shut the door on her journey before it could even start.

A gift for art-lovers, artists, and architects

“Legacy is about recognizing the past as a path for future generations. My contribution to UH is in honor of my teachers, in recognition of the education UH provided me, and in gratitude for the opportunity to offer a lecture series in 2010 as a guest of the school of architecture.”

Sending grad students into the blue

The Peter Castro HIMB Graduate Student Travel Support Endowed Fund will subsidize graduate students’ travel to conferences abroad so future researchers will have opportunities Castro missed.

Rainbow sports fans flip for Mānoa cheerleading team

When diehard fans of UHM athletics learned that the cheer team raises its own funds to attend competitions or to travel in support of other teams, they put their fandom into action.

Lānaʻi high-schoolers get the jump on college

When he turned his tassel on high-school graduation day in 2017, he’d already accumulated 19 credits toward his bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship recipients will “never forget” support from Diane Dods

Her commitment to higher education enabled more than 130 students to complete their college educations at University of Hawai‘i campuses.

Oceanography Researcher is Hooked on Whale Bones

For UH Mānoa doctoral student Emily Young, whales become most interesting when they die, sinking to the ocean floor to become food for thousands of animals. 

When disaster strikes

2018 was a difficult year for many Hawai‘i residents. In April, historic rains brought landslides and flooding to Kaua‘i, wiping out homes and shutting down the main highway leading to the island’s north shore.