students in athletic attire smiling and giving the shaka hand sign
UH Mānoa student-athletes.

“Unite and move forward as one.” That is the vision driving Pūpūkāhi I Holomua, an elite philanthropic society for University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Athletics that supports student-athletes’ success and ability to achieve their ambitious academic and athletic goals.

The driving force behind this new society is an energetic team that includes donors Kent Youel, Eric Fujimoto an advisory with the Hoʻea Wealth Advisory Group, and Ryan Tanaka, president of Waterhouse Inc.

UH is our only state university. Its athletic achievements bring a great sense of pride to everyone in Hawaiʻi,” said Youel. “Direct support by fans, boosters and local businesses is essential to keeping us competitive, and I am proud to help in this effort.”

Society privledges

Members will be offered complimentary access or special opportunities to purchase access to the following:

  • Quarterly breakfast gatherings with the UHMānoa Director of Athletics and his staff to share expertise, collaborate and discuss the current state and future of the UHMānoa Athletics program
  • Access to the Ed Wong Hospitality Room during athletics events
  • Preferred parking
  • Field pass for a select football home game (subject to availability)
  • Travel privileges to select away games
  • Access to special events and celebrations

The minimum gift commitment for Pūpūkāhi I Holomua membership is $5,000 per year for five consecutive years – $25,000 total.

“The Letterwinner’s Club supports the Pūpūkāhi I Holomua initiative to support the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Athletics Department in providing an unparalleled experience for student-athletes,” said Justin Clapp, president of the Letterwinner’s Club.

David Matlin, director of UHMānoa athletics added, “The core of any athletics program is its student-athletes. The demands of being a student and an athlete are significant. They are role models for youth in our local community and representatives of our state around the world. We are delighted to launch Pūpūkāhi I Holomua to help our students win on the field and in the classroom.”

Join Pūpūkāhi I Holomua

To be part of the elite club that works together to build and improve facilities, provide much-needed nutritional meals, the best in quality training equipment and the latest in overall wellbeing care, please contact: