Kūpono Winter 2016
Pearls of opportunity
When the late Paul S. Honda was starting what would become his highly successful international gems trading business, he had to trade a very special possession of his own. To found Honda & Company, he sold a seven-strand pearl necklace given to him by his mother—a gift that would end up having a lasting impact on the lives of many. Read about his life and legacy that funds learning beyond the classroom.
A day in the life of a Bilinski Fellow
Monica Vidal and Raina Heaton, with their eyes on the world, give us a glimpse into the life of a Bilinski Fellow. The Bilinski Educational Foundation supports the UH Mānoa Department of Linguistics and Department of SLS students with Dissertation Fellowships, Pre-Dissertation Fellowships and Pre-Dissertation Research Awards.
Funding Mini-Medical School longevity
Dr. Rosita G. Leong is ensuring that the Mini-Medical School on Healthy Aging (MMS) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has funding in perpetuity. Dr. Virginia Hinshaw shared, “Our state has the highest proportion of people over 65 in the nation and we also live longer. We launched the MMS to offer Hawai‘i’s citizens information on the best way to maintain health and well-being throughout life.” Read why Dr. Leong made this gift.
2016 Kupa ʻĀina summer bridge program
In this video, join Hawai‘i Island high school students as they immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture during the Kupa ʻĀina summer bridge program. This life-changing program grew out of a partnership between Kamehameha Schools Extension Educational Services Division, UH Hilo and the Department of Education. See stunning footage and moving personal journeys.
Supporting environmental champions
Meet Anela Akiona and Ake Beebe, our next generation of environmental champions. They are among the UH Mānoa and UH Hilo graduate students who have been selected as Conservation Fellows, funded by Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation. The two-year fellowships for Hawaiʻi high school graduates help increase the number of qualified Hawaiʻi students and professionals pursuing environmental resource management careers.
Committed to education, social justice and equality
Margaret Ushijima had been counseling students on the importance of higher education for many years before retiring from her post as UH Hilo dean of students. She then kept working for social justice with a second career in law. Before passing, Margaret worked with our estate and gift planning team to ensure that her philanthropic aspirations live on.
Verizon stands strong against violence
College students experience dating violence at staggering rates and face unique obstacles in accessing services to escape an abusive relationship. Men of Strength, a campus organization at UH Hilo Student Health and Wellness Programs, is dedicated to ending violence. The group is gaining positive momentum thanks to a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation.
Tackling rural Hawai‘i’s nursing shortage
The William Randolph Hearst Foundations awarded $125,000 to UH Mānoa Nursing to fund scholarships for community college students from rural areas of Hawai‘i pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Maui College, Kaua‘i CC and UH Mānoa.
Scholarships help Hannah stay home
Hannah Fukushima is able to stay in Hawai‘i and pursue her dreams thanks to the Fun Factory Scholarship. Hannah has dreams of a career in nursing.
Food for the mind and spirit
UH Maui College emeritus professor Vincent Linares opens up about art, education and the power of giving in this interview. Linares has generously remembered UH in his will.
HEI aloha helps UH reduce carbon footprint
Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) has donated four Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vehicles to UH for the UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, UH Hilo and UH Maui College campuses. UH President David Lassner said, “We are committed to becoming net zero by 2035 and part of that involves transportation, so this is a great way to help us.”
UH was there every step of the way
UH alumnus, economics professor, teacher and lifelong learner Ward Mardfin is making generous annual gifts to help fund a graduate economics student’s education. We asked him about the role UH has played in his life and his giving back. Here is what he shared.
PaCES: Opening eyes and opportunities
Windward CC Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES) is a six-week summer program for high school students interested in environmental science, research and stewardship of the ‘āina. Since 2007, Minami Community Foundation has supported PaCES and provided students like Brittany with a college-like experience that exposes them to laboratory and field activities.
Segawas’ gift funds UH Hilo scholarships
Business leaders and UH alumni Wesley and Phyllis Segawa are honoring Wesley's parents Herbert and Kay Segawa for their years of giving back to Hawaiʻi Island. UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney said, “Our alumni are the most important advocates for our university. They know firsthand the strengths and value of a UH Hilo education.”
Superfan buys Big Green
When the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Cheer team was in need of a new flag, superfan Keali‘i Torco stepped up to the plate and helped to purchase “Big Green” – a green 10-by-16-foot flag emblazoned with the mighty H logo.