$1M anonymous donation supports Hawai‘i CC students, faculty


Hawaiʻi Community College
Margot Schrire, (808) 376-7818
Senior Executive Director of Communications, UH Foundation
Posted: Apr 12, 2021

Students persevere and fulfill their dreams at Hawai‘i CC
Students persevere and fulfill their dreams at Hawai‘i CC
Students persevere and fulfill their dreams at Hawai‘i CC
Students persevere and fulfill their dreams at Hawai‘i CC

Link to file video of Hawai‘i Community College (details below):  https://bit.ly/3wKWRJ9

Students, staff and faculty at Hawai‘i Community College will soon benefit from a new scholarship and professional development opportunities thanks to an anonymous $1-million gift.

“We are eternally grateful to the generous donors who are forever shaping the life trajectory of so many of our Hawai‘i Island residents by making a quality higher education affordable,” said Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas.

Typically, 78% of Hawai‘i CC alumni stay on island and contribute to the Hawai‘i Island community.

“With 97% of our students coming from Hawai‘i, and 89% of them from Hawai‘i Island, this gift is directly supporting our community’s future teachers, farmers, nurses, chefs, social workers, auto mechanics and so many other sectors so vital to our quality of life,” Solemsaas said.

From the donation, $920,000 of the gift funds the A Hua Maila Endowed Scholarship, supporting full-time and part-time students pursuing a degree in any area of study. The phrase, A Hua Maila (And/Until it is realized), carries with it the intent to not only revisit and reinforce one’s hua (purpose, impetus), but also holds a commitment and intent to produce something, playing off another meaning of hua (fruit, product, end result).

Ka ʻĪkoi Leo: Hawai‘i Language Culture Committee Chair and Hawaiian Studies Instructor Ākeamakamae Kiyuna said, “This fund will not only continue a student’s huaka‘i (trip, journey, voyage, mission) and their reinforcement of their hua, but it will also lead them to graduation and beyond, an expected hua of their journey here at Hawaiʻi Community College.”

$80,000 funds the E Huakaʻi (the journey) Professional Development Endowment, supporting professional development for Hawai‘i CC faculty, staff and student leaders. This fund provides the monies essential for professional development opportunities that help to reinforce the hua of individuals or departments/divisions, and also lead to new growth and accomplishments.

University of Hawaiʻi Foundation CEO and UH Vice President of Advancement Tim Dolan said, “These generous donors have immense vision and drive to profoundly improve the lives of our Hawai‘i Island families. Strategic philanthropy in higher education has powerful outcomes, and truly changes lives for the better. We are excited about the impact their giving is poised to make for so many of our neighbors! Mahalo!”

VIDEO BROLL (1 minute, 57 seconds of file/prepandemic video)
0:00-1:29 - various shots of Hawai‘i CC students and programs
1:29-1:35 - Hawai‘i CC campus
1:35-1:57 - Hawai‘i CC commencement ceremony 2018


Founded in 1941, Hawai‘i Community College is one of 10 campuses in the University of Hawai‘i system. Hawai‘i Community College strives to educate life long learners who will be productive and engaged citizens capable of meeting the complex challenges of our island and global communities.

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. www.uhfoundation.org