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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.

Protecting Hawaiʻi from invasive pests aim of new airport exhibit
A new interactive exhibit at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport will help to inform travelers about the importance of protecting the state from invasive species and demonstrate some of the actions they can take to make a difference.
Plant-based food research for people and planet
Citing positive effects on people and planet, Catharina and Peng Ang have established a new fund, boosting research and development of plant-based foods, food products, and menus at Kapi‘olani CC’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific.
LexBreezy Hawaiʻi designer inspires fashion students to chase their dreams
Alexis Akiona wants students at Honolulu Community College's Fashion Technology program to know someone believes in them.
Online AA degree program helps working students with families
As a single parent, Sarah Moore believes that getting an associate’s degree without neglecting personal responsibilities is a key first step toward a meaningful career and helping others with similar struggles.
Terri McCoy's zest for life continues to help others
“One of the most devastating things to hear is when your spouse tells you they have cancer,” says Les McCoy.
The universe has a say
“This year, one year to the week after Mom’s death, the name of one of the nursing students rang a bell,” says Mary Williamson. “At first I couldn’t figure out why."
Work to preserve rare plants honors late UH Mānoa botany professor St. John
An anonymous donor has given $2.5 million to UH in memory of the renowned botanist Harold St. John.
Journey from Hawaiʻi to Emerald Isle invaluable for Kapiʻolani CC students
Nine Kapiʻolani Community College students, accompanied by three faculty members, journeyed to Ireland last summer as part the first study-abroad cooperation between the Lunalilo Scholars Program and the Paul S. Honda International Center.
He Lei Mahalo celebrates donors and scholarship recipients
The event honored the generous donors who made gifts to support student scholarships at UH West O‘ahu and celebrated the student scholarship recipients.