Sports Trailblazer Ivanelle Hoe Honors Family with Scholarships

Kapiʻolani Community College
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Dir of Communications
Posted: Apr 26, 2016

Ivanelle Hoe
Ivanelle Hoe

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 back. To honor nurses for extending her life since 2007 as she struggled with an aggressive cancer, Ivanelle established the Ivanelle Hoe Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Kapi‘olani Community College.

Just as nurses cared for her body and mind, the culinary arts too are dear to her heart and integral to her family’s success. In honor of her mother Grace Ching Hoe, her aunt, Arline Ching Hoe, and the members of the Ching and Hoe families she created the Ching - Hoe Endowed Culinary Arts Scholarship to support culinary and budding epicureans at Kapi‘olani CC.

These new gifts build on her history of support. In 1995, to honor her swimming coach Soichi Sakamoto, Ivanelle established the Sakamoto-Hoe Scholarship Endowment. 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 4 years.  In return, I decided I should try to help someone else, as education makes one independent and self-sufficient.” She added, “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, Ivanelle set a world record in the 100m butterfly as a senior at Roosevelt High School. She collected seven Hawaiian swimming records and captured the 1957 Amateur Athletic Union indoor 200m breaststroke.

Ivanelle 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, Ivanelle 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 You can also make a gift at


The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations.





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