At a mahalo luncheon on February 28, members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i presented a check for $10,000 to Hawai‘i Community College. The generous donation was made using proceeds from the 19th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” that took place in October 2017.
Building on its longtime support of education in Hawai‘i, American Savings Bank (ASB) has donated $65,000 to the American Savings Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund. The company established this scholarship at the University of Hawai‘i in 1978. Over the last 40 years, this scholarship has been awarded 55 times.
After 14 years at the helm, University of Hawai‘i Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich is planning her retirement from her position. She will serve in her current role until a successor is named and assist with the transition to new leadership.
The University of Hawai‘i has awarded the William and Ellen Melohn Chair in Cancer Biology to Dr. Michele Carbone in recognition of his research in cancer genetics. This endowed chair was created with a generous gift from the Melohn family to the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center.
To thank and recognize Dr. Satoru Izutsu for the many lives he has touched throughout the world during his career in medicine, Dr. Thomas Kosasa donated $500,000 to establish the Satoru Izutsu, PhD Endowed Professorship of Medical Education at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and an additional $100,000 that can be used immediately. To build on the impact of the new endowment, Dr. Izutsu contributed an additional $100,000.
The prominent native garden in front of the restaurant at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center has been named in memory of Patricia Ann Weber Lee through a $200,000 gift made by her husband, Francis Kainoa Lee, and their sons, Kainoa Christopher Lee and Keali‛iaea Kenneth Lee on September 20, 2017. With this generous gift, ‘Imiloa is launching a campaign to fund the creation of an outdoor “classroom” to educate visitors a
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation/Kapi‘olani Community College received a $50,000 Walmart Foundation grant to support Kapi‘olani CC’s “Cooking up a Rainbow Food Truck.” This award is helping to fund the outfitting of a custom food truck that will be used to deliver nutritious, balanced meals to children eligible for free and reduced lunches during summer break. The team using the truck will also provide healthy and affordable cooking lessons and obesity prevention education in rural communities.
Kapalua Maui Charities, on behalf of the 37th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, donated $10,000 to the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Arts Program to support the Culinary Arts Program for Maui’s rising culinary stars.