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Kupono Fall 2015

Q&A with UHF board chair Mike May

Hear from retired HECO president T. Michael May on his thoughts about the future for the UH Foundation, why he serves and more. 

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Building on limeade lessons

Dorvin Leis developed the entrepreneurial spirit at a very young age with a successful limeade business. Dorvin's values, work ethic, and generosity will truly be missed.

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Honoring a special furry friend

Dede Guss established a scholarship at Windward CC to support students in the Vet Tech program. In this short story she shares why.

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Improving the health of Hawai‘i

Innovative UH programs are improving the health and well-being of people across our state, thanks to support from HMSA and HMSA Foundation.

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Arthurs honor their children with scholarships

Longtime Hawai‘i CC administrator Dr. Barbara Arthurs and her husband Robert have established endowments supporting STEM students and celebrating creativity in honor of their children, both of whom are UH Hilo alumni.

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UH launches President’s Green Initiative awards

For UH, sustainability is more than a buzzword. Read about a new award that recognizes students and faculty for initiative, innovation, creativity and civic engagement in sustainability.

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Japan tsunami forges auto tech exchange

In 2011, a team of students and faculty from Kadan Automotive Technical College in Sendai, Japan, visited Honolulu CC in hopes of entering into an educational exchange between the two schools. Today that partnership is flourishing.

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In memory of Uncle Nick

When New York based writer and illustrator Melissa Iwai’s uncle died, she created an endowment to support free English as a Second Language courses for employees in Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry.

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Waterhouse Charitable Trust

The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department and Nā Koa Football Club received a multiyear gift of more than $1 million from the Waterhouse Charitable Trust. The gift will support the football program.

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Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head Breaks Ground

On Sept. 8, donors, dignitaries and members of the UH ‘ohana came together on the former site of the Cannon Club to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

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UH Alumni create Korean Studies lecture series

Drs. Sung Chul and Daisy Yang pledged $1 million to establish the Drs. Sung Chul Yang and Daisy Lee Yang Lecture Series. “Cultural open-mindedness isn’t all I gained at UH. I met my wife, a third-generation Korean-American, and for this too I am grateful,” said Dr. Sung Chul Yang. 

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Regents and Presidential Scholarship Awards Dinner

Thirty outstanding University of Hawaiʻi students were honored at the July 16 Regents and Presidential Scholarship Awards Dinner. The UH Board of Regents established these prestigious scholarships to support outstanding achievers at any UH campus.

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JABSOM 50th Anniversary Gala

1,300 JABSOM alumni and friends celebrated the great strides Hawai‘i’s medical school has made during its 50 years at a music-filled evening July 18. This was the largest single event ever held at the Sheraton Waikīkī.

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Violet Sato

Violet Sato was the first of five children. Her parents ran the general store in Haleiwa. When war erupted in 1941, she volunteered at Waialua High School. Her career took off and today, she continues to give through her philanthropy. Read about this remarkable woman and her gifts to support higher education.

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