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Kupono Winter 2021cover


Happy New Year! We’re pleased to share stories that highlight the impact your generosity is having on our students, faculty, and our communities across Hawai’i.    

People are at the center of what we do, and their acts of kindness seep onto every page of this issue;  a fund for breast cancer research endowed in the memory of a beloved wife; a surprising connection between donor and beneficiary; a family turning their grief over the loss of a son to help for his teammates; a young fashion entrepreneur bringing inspiration to future designers.

We are grateful for stories like these — they magnify the kindness of our alumni and friends and show the impact of a community that always looks after each other. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do.    

Tim Dolan
University Of Hawai‘i Foundation CEO

Featured Stories

LexBreezy Hawaiʻi designer inspires fashion students to chase their dreams

Alexis Akiona remembers how she felt when she received a scholarship while a student at Honolulu Community College's Fashion Technology program -- like someone believed in her. And now she’s giving back to her alma mater with a scholarship at Honolulu Community College to help dozens of other students create careers in fashion. » More

Plant-based food research for people and planet

Cathy and Peng Ang

Citing positive effects on people and planet, Catharina and Peng Ang have established a new fund, boosting research and development of plant-based foods, food products, and menus at Kapi‘olani CC’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific. »

The universe has a say

Helen Friend

“This year, one year to the week after Mom’s death, the name of one of the nursing students rang a bell,” says Mary Williamson. “At first I couldn’t figure out why." »