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The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) at the University of Hawai‘i Shidler College of Business received an estate gift, estimated at $850,000, to establish the Eva Kaa Scholarship of Excellence. The endowed scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree at the TIM School.

“I credit my education at the TIM School for preparing me well for a variety of careers,” Kaa said. “I am grateful for the generosity of donors and others at the University of Hawai‘i for providing me with the opportunities to pursue my goals and dreams.”

“By establishing this scholarship,” she said, “I hope TIM students will benefit from the solid foundation they will receive from the University of Hawai‘i.”

Eva Kaa and Chuck Gee

Originally from Minneapolis, Kaa attended UH with the help of scholarships, grants and financial aid and worked part-time to cover her living expenses. With the assistance of Chuck Gee, then dean of the TIM School, she landed her first full-time job at Pacific Asia Travel Association.

This opportunity led to many successful careers as a police officer, owner of an investigation company, flight attendant/purser with Pan American World Airways, FBI special agent, and inspector/tourism editor for AAA, where she rated over 8500 hotels, restaurants, and attractions throughout Northern California, Hawai‘i and Mexico. Kaa recently retired after 15 years with AAA and is now serving as a hotel consultant.

“We are grateful to Eva Kaa for her contribution to our students in the TIM School,” Shidler Dean Vance Roley said. “It is inspiring to see an alumnus who achieved great success in a variety of careers come full circle to help promising students pursue their own career goals.”

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The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the college was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked among the nation's top graduate schools for international business by U.S. News.  Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the college is a professional school offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai`i accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit

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