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I’m pleased to report to you that we had an amazing fiscal year in 2022, a record year for outright commitments — more than 22,000 extraordinary gifts totaling $165 million. These are investments that change lives and elevate the teaching, learning and research being done at the University of Hawaiʻi.

And we could not have done it without each of you.

Your ongoing support impacts everyone at UH, from students to faculty to researchers, and it is appreciated more than you know.  

Our stories in this issue of Kūpono lead off with a special gift from Bernyce Peplowski, who was undeterred in her own pursuit of a medical education and whose bequest will help medical students at the UH Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine repay their loans and also support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiʻolani Community College.

We are proud to showcase even more extraordinary gifts. A groundbreaking $3 million to UH Hilo from an anonymous donor endows three $1 million scholarships, including the first ever for students who identify as LGBTQ+ at any UH campus. Mary Lynn and Richard Marrs tell how the rediscovery of Mary Lynn’s grandmotherʻs scholarship inspired them to create a new scholarship to support student musicians. And Hawaii Dental Service Foundation is making healthy smiles happen for Hawaiʻi keiki with its gift supporting a public school dental sealant program.

You’ve all shown tremendous confidence in UH, backed by your support that changes lives and strengthens our economy here in Hawaiʻi. Your generosity shows how much UH means to you, and for all that you do, we offer our heartfelt gratitude.

Tim Dolan
University Of Hawai‘i Foundation CEO

Featured Stories

$165M raised for University of Hawaiʻi students, programs and research

image of Shanna Laʻa and Ray Pikelny-Cook

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation last fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) raised a record $165 million. It was a year that included a number of extraordinary groundbreaking gifts such as $50 million for ocean research, a grant that aims to boost the share of residents with college degrees and an endowed scholarship bequest for underrepresented students from Pacific Island countries. » More

Life skills, determination lead to special gift for Hawai‘i students

image of Shanna Laʻa and Ray Pikelny-Cook

“What makes you think you can go to medical school?” asked a neighbor when Bernyce Peplowski was a high-schooler in 1960s Pennsylvania. “People from this town rarely go to college, let alone medical school. And you’re a girl!” “My mom was ready to deck him,” says Bernyce. While others in her rural hometown near Pittsburgh underestimated her, Bernyce’s parents would not hear of small dreams or short-sighted expectations. » More

Leaving a legacy of learning

Students on Kahoolawe

UH Mānoa students spent four days on an ‘ultimate learning trip’ to Kaho‘olawe, a research opportunity funded by the Richard H. & Mildred D. Kosaki student assistance endowment. »

$700K in industry contributions to upgrade UH Mānoa engineering labs

Ian Robertson in the SSFM Structures Laboratory

Six civil and environmental engineering labs at the UH Mānoa College of Engineering have been officially renamed to reflect their industry sponsors. A targeted campaign recently raised more than $700,000 from more than 80 individuals and corporate donors to provide much-needed upgrades to the facilities. »

Improving health in the CNMI

Rica Dela Cruz in the classroom

"Scholarships have allowed me to conduct my dissertation research to understand influences of childhood diet and physical activity behaviors in my home islands of the Northern Marianas." »

Scholarships helped me pursue my passion

Koa Flagg and fellow firefighters

"I was on the phone with the counselor of the program every day, and he helped me transfer my transcripts from my four-year college. Two weeks later, I got an acceptance letter from the program, saying, “Congratulations, and welcome to the Fire Science Program at HCC.”' »

The only place for me

Kona Keast-O’Donovan and her mother

"I’m thankful for donors’ support of law students at William S. Richardson School of Law. Seeking justice through social policy is one of my main goals, and I will continue pursuing this now that I’ve graduated." »