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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.

Art residencies at Mānoa will broaden horizons
A gift from alumna Lori Admiral and her husband, Mark, creates the Admiral Residency in Contemporary Pacific Art at the UH Mānoa’s Department of Art and Art History, which will bring two visiting artists to campus to help art students see other cultures and perspectives. “Being a student in the art department was rewarding, and I felt it was important to give back,” says Lori Admiral, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art history at UH Mānoa. “When my husband, Mark, and I learned that funding for a teaching residency was a priority for the Department of Art and Art History, it was easy to offer support.
Scholarship honors memory of urban planning professor and environmental policy expert
Dr. Kem Lowry was the kind of teacher, mentor and friend whose kindness, generosity and skill in teaching, and listening, inspired and enriched the lives of his students and colleagues at UH Mānoa — and allowed everyone he met to be their best selves. His legacy will live on with the Dr. Kem Lowry Scholarship Endowment.
Campbell Family Foundation scholarship recipients pay it forward through education
For more than 25 years, the James & Abigail Campbell Scholarships in Teacher Education have helped more than 200 education students at the UH Mānoa and UH West Oʻahu committed to working as teachers or education leaders on the Waianae Coast.
Family honors its Hilo roots

UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center features an award-winning landscape offering a glimpse of Hawaiʻi’s pristine, native ecosystem as it once was. Now, to memorialize longtime Hilo residents Koon Leong and Bertha Chock, beneficiaries of the K. L. Chock Trust have made a gift for the continued care of the native garden, renamed the Koon Leong and Bertha Luke Chock Garden. “We sought a fitting way to express our gratitude for their contributions to their family and to the Hilo community,” says daughter Thelma Chock Nip.

UH Hilo professor dedicates ag scholarship to late wife
The Margarita "Dayday" Hopkins Scholarship at UH Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management is dedicated to the memory of a remarkable woman who was Hawaiʻi County’s economic development specialist, responsible for its agriculture and natural resources programs. Dayday was also a lecturer in economics and ag business at UH Hilo, where her husband, retired professor Kevin Hopkins, also taught.
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at UH pharmacy college
Ashley Fukuchi, a Moanalua High School and UH Hilo chemistry grad, had medical school in mind before a pre-pharmacy orientation course led to conversations with Hilo pharmacists and pursuit of her doctorate in pharmacy.
Love story born at UH yields legacy for future nurses, engineers

Ken and Donna Hayashida are making a substantial investment in their alma mater, with gifts totaling $250,000 to the College of Engineering and the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing.

Remembering Fudge Matsuda
The late UH President Fujio 'Fudge' Matsuda leaves a legacy of learning for students through the Fujio and Amy Matsuda Scholarship.
Inaugural scholarships boost agripharmatech students
The Inge White scholarships will support two students every year in the Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech program.