Recent gifts to the University of Hawaiʻi advance units involved in the state’s economic and natural environments.
Bank of Hawaiʻi announced a three-year pledge of $120,000 to sponsor the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization. The UH Mānoa program conducts and shares research with the public and provides a forum for scholars, policy makers and business leaders to discuss economic policy choices.
UHERO’s services range from industry forecasts to publications on sustainability science for watershed landscape.
The Bank of Hawaiʻi gift includes support for UHERO’s free online data portal, which provides up-to-date information on a wide array of economic and social indicators for the state and county economies.
“UHERO’s research helps business owners manage their businesses and contributes to the development of sound public policy,” said Al Landon, announcing the gift in March 2010 as chair and chief executive officer.
Through another partnership, UHERO provides reports each Friday on KITV 4 morning news.
In the second largest gift since Harold Lyon’s founding gift for the arboretum that bears his name, Susan and Steve Chamberlin have contributed $200,000 to the endowment established by her father.
Robert Cushing, former UH Regent and head of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association, bequeathed $100,000 to support the 193-acre arboretum’s enrichment fund.
“My father made his gift because he admired and respected Harold Lyon and because Hawaiian agriculture was so essential to his working life here,” says Susan Chamberlin. “It seemed important to me to acknowledge the continued importance of the botanical world in Hawaiʻi. I also wanted to acknowledge the stability and renewed interest in the arboretum under Director Christopher Dunn’s leadership.”
Chamberlin lived in Mānoa and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Her husband Steve grew up in Mānoa, received a BBA from UH Mānoa, enjoyed success in real estate in Philadelphia and San Francisco and has taught at UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business.