Tsutomu Yamasaki and Fumie Yoshimori Yamasaki could attend school only until the eighth grade. They worked hard to ensure their daughters would have greater opportunity.
In 2008 the daughters—all educators with University of Hawaiʻi ties that span three decades—extended the favor by establishing a scholarship fund in their parents’ memory.
The fund will benefit students with financial need at Kauaʻi Community College, where Peggy Cha, left, served as chancellor from 1998 until her retirement this year. Bette Yamasaki Uyeda, center, retired as a UH Mānoa financial aids and student academic advisor and works as fund development administrator for Pālama Settlement. Jean Yamasaki Toyama is a professor of French and interim associate dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.
“We’re all UH alumni,” notes Cha. “Two of our husbands are UH alumni and also worked for UH. The university has truly been an important part of our family.”