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Memorial Tribute Service To Be Held in Honor of Avis Morigawara

February 26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Saunders Hall Courtyard


Avis Morigawara, a long-time employee of the Mānoa Chancellor’s Office, passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2012. In accordance with her wishes, a private service was held.

Avis Morigawara served the University of Hawai‘i for more than thirty-one years, beginning in the Admissions Office at Kapi‘olani Community College and moving to the Mānoa Chancellor’s Office. For the last 11 years, she was the assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In her years with the University, Avis worked with and touched the lives of innumerable students, faculty, and staff. She was always the go-to person who knew who to contact for whatever job that needed to be done, who could tell you the appropriate procedure or policy for almost anything. She spent countless hours assisting students, faculty, staff, and community members in navigating the complex rules and regulations of the University. She was the heart and soul of Academic Affairs.

A woman of boundless energy, Avis was an active member of the “5:00 AM Exercise Group” that met regularly in the Stan Sheriff Center Weight Room, always starting her day with a rigorous workout.

A memorial tribute to honor Avis for her many contributions to the University will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 4:00 pm in the Saunders Hall courtyard. Please join us to celebrate Avis’s life and spirit.


Avis was a proud alumna of UH Mānoa having earned both her BA and MA in Asian Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Japanese Studies, while working full-time in the Vice Chancellor’s Office. A scholarship fund has been established in her name to support undergraduate students focusing on Japanese studies at UHM. Gifts in Avis’s honor may be made to the UH Foundation to benefit the Avis Morigawara Scholarship Fund for Japanese Studies. If you would like to make a gift to the fund, please send checks payable to UH Foundation, reference Avis Morigawara Scholarship Fund for Japanese Studies, and mail it to:

UH Foundation
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

Contributions will also be accepted at the memorial tribute. To contribute online, visit:

Gift Commitment Form

Event Sponsor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Center for Japanese Studies, Mānoa Campus

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