HONOLULU—Ivanelle Hoe, a proud alumna of the University of Hawai‘i, and lifelong physical education teacher at Castle High School, is building on her legacy of giving by honoring some very important people in her life.
Because the culinary arts are dear to Hoe’s heart and integral to her family’s success, she created the Ching-Hoe Endowed Culinary Arts Scholarship in honor of her mother Grace Ching Hoe, her aunt Arline Ching Hoe, and the members of the Ching and Hoe families. She hopes the gift will support culinary and budding epicureans at Kapi‘olani Community College.
Hoe also established the Ivanelle Hoe Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Kapi‘olani CC to honor the nurses who cared for her body and mind and helped to extend her life since 2007, when she struggled with an aggressive cancer.
These new gifts build on her history of support. In 1995 Hoe established the Sakamoto-Hoe Scholarship Endowment to honor her swimming coach Soichi Sakamoto. Her gifts to UH now total more than $100,000.
“When I entered UH, Coach Soichi Sakamoto gave me a scholarship for swimming. I didn’t have a great GPA but I had my tuition paid for four years. In return, I decided I should try to help someone else, as education makes one independent and self-sufficient,” said Hoe. “I hope that others who receive scholarships continue the cycle of giving. Every scholarship helps.”
A pathfinder in the early days of Hawai‘i girl’s and women’s sports, Hoe set a world record in the 100m butterfly as a senior at Roosevelt High School. She collected seven Hawai‘i swimming records and captured the 1957 Amateur Athletic Union indoor 200m breaststroke.
Hoe was the first female to be chosen “Bow of the Week” in 1956 and received her BS Degree in 1959 from UH Mānoa. In recognition of her success, she was selected to the University of Hawai‘i Sports Circle of Honor in 1994. That same year, Hoe was inducted into the Special Olympics of Hawai‘i Hall of Fame for her lifelong commitment to the children.
If you have any questions about how you can support the students and programs at Kapi‘olani CC please contact Linh Hoang Poe at 808-734-9570 or Linh.Hoang@uhfoundation.org. You can also Make a Gift online.
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