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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.

Robert N. Katayama

There are many ways to support the University of Hawai'i, and Robert wanted to explore the different, unique ways he could support his many charitable and financial interests. Robert wanted to make sure students with limited resources would have the opportunity to attend University of Hawai'i.

Dr. Nan-Yao and Jill Su

Dr. Nan-Yao Su and his wife Jill established the Nan-Yao and Jill Su Endowed Fund for Entomology. This fund will assist graduate and undergraduate students studying entomology in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

Toyama, Yamasaki and Masaki

Students wishing to transfer to UH Mānoa from any of the seven community colleges in the University of Hawai'i system are eligible to get a boost from an endowed scholarship fund established by three local families known for their contributions to education.

Shoichi Tamura

Vicky, my wife, and I met at and graduated from the University of Hawai'i. The discipline gained and friendships formed have helped us throughout our lives. Now, I can give back to the University, help my church and other beloved charities, and take care of my family. 

Lenora Cho

Lenora M. Cho established a charitable remainder trust with highly appreciated stock. The trust will pay her income for life, and give her a generous tax deduction in the year of her gift. She also owed no capital gains tax upon the transfer or sale of the securities by the charitable remainder trust. When the trust terminates at Mrs. Cho's passing, the remainder of the trust will establish the David and Lenora M. Cho Endowment, which will provide undergraduate scholarships at UH Mānoa to graduates of Konawaena High School.

Jack Ward

"My goal is to perpetuate instruction at UH Manoa in Tahitian and other Polynesian languages of French Polynesia and in Balinese and enable graduate students with serious professional involvement in the study of the communities where these languages are spoken to continue their studies." - Jack Ward 

Alec Keith

The Keiths established a charitable remainder trust for a term of twenty years. They received wonderful tax benefits, many years of income distributions, and also reduced the size of their estate. Eventually, when the trust terminates, the principal will go unrestricted to the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

Richard Linn Stevens

As a student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, he learned the importance of protecting the future of Hawai'i's ecosystems. After witnessing and participating in the destruction of nature during the Vietnam War, Dr. Stevens realized that his personal mission was to help protect and restore Hawai'i's 'aina.

Chie Yamada

In life and through his estate, Jimmy made a significant contribution to advance the study of music at the University of Hawai'i, in loving memory of his wife Chie.