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Family Honors Mother with Hilo Scholarship

Posted on | August 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Family Honors Mother with Hilo Scholarship

Wayne Y. and Laurie Hamano of Kailua created the Momoyo Hamano Endowed Excellence Scholarship at UH Hilo to honor Wayne’s mother, Momoyo Hamano, who lives in Hilo. The Hamanos started this endowment with a $25,000 gift. The Student Access and Success Fund—a matching gift program made possible by a donation from an anonymous donor—Hilo is matching the Hamano’s donation. The Momoyo Hamano Endowed Excellence Scholarship will provide scholarship assistance to undergraduate students at Hilo in any area of study.

Momoyo’s father passed away when she was in the 8th grade, and her mother had no choice but to pull her out of school so she could work on the plantation and help support the family. While she always regretted not being able to return to school, she successfully passed on her value of higher education to her two sons, Wayne, an executive with Bank of Hawaiʻi, and Paul, an attorney in Hilo.

“As the child of hard-working immigrants, my mom was never afforded the opportunity to finish high school, let alone college. We hope that the endowed scholarship in her name will make it possible for future generations of students to successfully complete a university education,” stated Wayne Hamano, vice chairman of Bank of Hawaiʻi.

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