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Sadayasu Family Supports UH Hilo Centennial Campaign

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Posted: Jun 16, 2008

HILO — Longtime Hilo residents Jim and Anne Sadayasu always intended to give back to UH Hilo, where they started their college careers in the early 1960s. But first they needed to put their three sons through undergraduate and graduate school on the mainland and the UH Mānoa Law School. When they read recently about the UH Centennial Campaign and UH Hilo‘s goal to increase the size of its endowment, they knew the time was right.

The Sadayasus stepped forward in May with a $50,000 donation to UH Hilo, inspired by the example of Barry Taniguchi of KTA Super Stores and Larry Isemoto of Isemoto Contracting, each of whom earlier donated $50,000 to fund endowments to support the recruitment and retention of faculty at the university. The gift will support two $25,000 endowed faculty funds at the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics.

"The Sadayasu family wishes to thank the people of the Big Island for their support throughout the years," they said at a recent gift acceptance ceremony.

"We in turn are indebted to the Sadayasu family for a gift that will help us attract and retain the highest caliber faculty members, while building UH Hilo‘s reputation as a top quality educational destination," said Chancellor Rose Tseng.

About the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo
The University of Hawaiʻi Hilo is a comprehensive university with six undergraduate colleges, six master‘s programs and two doctoral programs. Enrollment has doubled since 1980 to more than 3,600 students coming from all fifty states and more than 40 countries.

About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is an independent, university-related, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds according to priorities determined by the academic leadership of the University of Hawaiʻi and approved by the Board of Regents. Founded in 1955, the Foundation provides a full range of fund raising and alumni relations services for all ten UH campuses.

About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Centennial Campaign
The Centennial Campaign is an historic private fundraising initiative to raise $250 million to support the University of Hawaii‘s commitment to our students, our community and our world. For more information about the Centennial Campaign, please visit