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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.

Inspired Teachers Inspire Students

For students to fulfill their potential, educators need to fulfill theirs. Bob & James Wo are helping community college teachers become “Learning Champions.”

Stimulating Global Linkages at UH Hilo

Former UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng and husband Ray established a lecture series to bring international perspectives to Hilo and inspire faculty and students.

Celebrating Commitment to Democratic Ideals

More than 100 donors have contributed to the Dan & Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, creating a $3 million tribute to the Senator’s legacy.

Making MELE at Honolulu CC

The Honolulu Community College Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program offers students access to a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Rescuing Hawaiʻi’s endangered plants

The Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation’s support of Lyon Arboretum will enhance the critical rescue and recovery work they do to save the rarest of Hawai‘i’s native plants.

Building a world-class culinary education

Students from Hawai‘i and around the world will soon be able to acquire a world-class advanced culinary education at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. 

World-Class Simulation Lab Saves Lives

The UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center is the only facility of its kind in Hawaiʻi that provides real-life health care scenarios for students. 

New Building Benefits Pharmacy Students

The UH Hilo College of Pharmacy will build additional teaching and research facilities thanks to a $1 million gift from the J.M. Long Foundation. 

UH Mānoa Athletics Facility Finds New Life

The dream of the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex at UH Mānoa became a reality in 2014 thanks to a $5 million gift and a public-private partnership.