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(Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) — In commemoration of their 40th anniversary, PBR Hawaii & Associates Inc. have created the PBR Hawaii Scholarship Endowment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's School of Architecture. President Thomas Witten and Founder/Chairman Emeritus Frank Brandt joined by principals Russell Chung, R. Stan Duncan, Vincent Shigekuni and Grant Murakami together contributed $40,000 to create this endowment that will offer ongoing student support in an area they are passionate about.

"To honor our 40th anniversary of community planning and landscape architecture, we wanted to take this important step to support the next generation of planning and design professionals from Hawaiʻi," said Tom Witten, President of PBR Hawaii and chairperson of the School of Architecture's Advisory Council. He continued, "It is our hope that the long-envisioned landscape architectural degree program, which is in its planning stages, will come to fruition and that this endowed scholarship will support students pursuing such a degree and assist the School in achieving a world class program."

The PBR Hawaii Scholarship will support a student with a focus or concentration in landscape architecture, environmental design or urban design. This is the first endowment created by a landscape architecture firm at the School of Architecture.

PBR Hawaii is actively involved in all aspects of landscape architecture, land planning, environmental studies and graphic design. The firm engages in a variety of projects ranging from specific site design to regional and community plans, urban design studies, and large scale resource inventory and land management projects. Throughout its history, PBR Hawaii has provided professional services to most major landowners and developers in Hawaiʻi in addition to various governmental agencies. For more information on PBR Hawaii, visit

Stan Duncan, Executive Vice President, PBR Hawaii; Frank Brandt, Chairman Emeritus, PBR Hawaii; Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor, UH Mānoa; Thomas Witten, President, PBR Hawaii; Vincent Shigekuni, Vice President, PBR Hawaii; Grant Murakami, Principal, PBR Hawaii; Donna Vuchinich, President and CEO, UH Foundation; Russell Chung, Executive Vice President, PBR Hawaii, Clark Llewellyn, Dean, School of Architecture

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The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite our donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations to benefit the people of Hawaiʻi and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Manoa students matriculate in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit

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