Kupono | The University of Hawaii Foundation Newsletter | Winter 2013 | Vol. 3, No. 4
Leadership Corner
Ron Ho Ron Ho
UH Foundation Board Chair

Ron Ho (BS '67 & MS '68, electrical engineering, Mānoa) spent most of his engineering career in Hawai‘i leading a local electrical engineering consulting company, Ronald N. S. Ho & Associates, Inc. Over the years, his company grew from a one person firm to one of the larger electrical engineering consulting companies in Hawai‘i.

A proud alumnus, Ho has supported the UH Mānoa College of Engineering in various ways, helping raise it to higher levels of excellence and providing opportunities to the next generation of engineers in Hawai‘i. In recognition of his accomplishments, Ho received the UHAA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000.

Ho is an old friend to the UH Foundation. In the late 1990s he served as a trustee for six years and was chair of the board toward the end of his term. Ho was an active member of the team that successfully planned, and completed, the UH Foundation's first major fundraising campaign for UH. Ho decided to re-join the board for myriad reasons. He wants to help UH provide high quality public higher education for Hawai‘i's younger population, support UH in its efforts to become a major player as an economic driver in Hawai‘i, and to give back to the institution that gave him the skills that he used to start his career many years ago.

"I see my time at the UH Foundation as an opportunity to provide leadership to engage all of the trustees to work toward achieving UHF's mission," said Ron Ho.
Gift Impact Stories
Jill Abbott  
Celebrating the Strength of Single Parents
Jill Abbott so admired the strength and resilience of the single parents she taught at Kapi‘olani CC that she created a scholarship to help students in similar circumstances after she retired.
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Remembering Kal
Former UH Mānoa student Kal Warrington Silvert never let physical limitations get in his way. After his untimely passing at 23, more than 40 individuals, charitable foundations, and businesses together donated $12,000 to support a scholarship in his name.
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Fun Factory Scholarships  
It Began on a Rainy Day

500 Fun Factory scholars, and counting. Meet two recipients and hear how this fund got started.


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Annual Giving  
Meet Our Callers
Student callers helped raise almost $1 million during the last fiscal year and more than $16 million over the calling center’s 16-year history.
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Disney Grant  
Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide
Scientists, governments and NGOs believe that it is vital to carry out practical scientific research to help find new, cost-effective approaches to coral reef conservation. The Disney Conservation Grant is helping UH researchers do just that.
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Endowment Report  
FY 2013 Endowment Report
Learn about the endowment that is building an economic foundation that will support the University's mission for generations to come. Read the full report.
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Jellyfish Lady  
Discovery Channel profiles UH Jellyfish Lady
The "Jellyfish Lady" — that's how the Discovery Channel describes Dr. Angel Yanagihara of JABSOM. Learn about her research and an ointment she fondly calls "the sting stopper."
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Impact Videos
Discovering the Deep Reefs
"At the end of every one of these projects there's a special moment, when you know something that's important. That no one else knows. And now you get to go forward and tell the world." - Brian W. Bowen, HIMB, recipient of Seaver Institute award
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Katie Hoppe  
From Student to Teacher
Six years after graduating from Wai‘anae High School, Katie Hoppe returned to her alma mater as a teacher. With the help of the James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation Scholarship in Teacher Education, Katie is making a difference in her community
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Event Photos
Hoku Society  
Honoring our Brightest Stars
We hope you enjoyed the Hōkū Society dinner where we celebrated the power of dreams and the lasting legacies your gifts are building.
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Heritage Society  
Heritage Society Symposium 2013
Heritage Society members and special friends of the University of Hawai‘i enjoyed a thought-provoking and fun event that featured presentations by exceptional professors from across the UH System.
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Honolulu CC Scholarship Event  
Honolulu CC Donor and Scholarship Mahalo Reception
Honolulu CC donors and scholarship recipients enjoyed time together at this year’s Mahalo Reception. Chancellor Erika Lacro warmly welcomed guests and recognized scholarship recipients and the generous donors who are helping students succeed.
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Game Plan  
Game Plan
UH Mānoa athletic coaches and student athletes joined donors and supporters at an exclusive luncheon at the Plaza Club, Honolulu to unveil the "The Game Plan."
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Shidler Event  
Shidler College of Business Scholarship Luncheon
The Shidler College of Business scholarship luncheon recognized donors for their commitment to education and the incredible impact their support is making.
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Office of Estate & Gift Planning
Dieter and Annette Mueller-Dombois
Dieter and Annette Mueller-Dombois are planning ahead to support the generation to follow.
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UH Foundation News
Giving Tuesday
December 3:
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$60,000 Gift Boosts UH Hilo Athletics

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Suisan Co. Creates Rex Y. Matsuno Culinary Scholarship at HCC

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