Gifts for Our Ancestors and Descendants

Please join us in our 50th Anniversary Year in honoring our many connections, past and future. We are asking our supporters to donate this year in honor of a descendant or an ancestor. Your name and tribute will weave into the story for our next 50 years, a testimony to how vast and connected we all are.


Amy Nishimura, in honor of my aunt, her twisted spine created beautiful backbones
James Tueller, in honor of my four great-grandmothers all born between 1866 and 1870: Elisabeth von Almen Tueller, Anna Lundstrom Carlson, Kate Delong Heywood and Annie Clove Evans
Larry and Marilyn Myers, in honor of Robert Buss
Phil Bossert,  in honor of Dr. Mary Bitterman, who suggested to Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities that it fund the very first TV program that a local NEH affiliate council in the US had ever done and then worked with us to produce “Damien”
Robert and Adella Buss, in memory of Asian and Ethnic Studies scholar, Franklin Odo
Lance Genson Mahi La Pierre, in honor of my mother, Irene Taparra La Pierre
Mary Therese Perez Hattori, in memory of Dr. Joakim Jojo Peter, who taught us that we are only strong in community
Brent Kakesako, dedicated to Eusebio!!
Cristina Bacchilega, for my nonna who told stories while sewing, for my mother who rewrote her life in poems, and for Bruna & Talia, may they each live their own poems
Robin Jones, in honor of my parents, Robert and Nancy Jones
Lyz Soto, in honor of the first people to give her stories, Judith & Eric Soto
Aiko Yamashiro, for Daniel
Misty-Lynn Sanico, in honor of Alexander Boyd Mossman, who encouraged me to stay curious
Nancy Aleck, in honor of the newest navel orange on the branch and its nourishing mother tree
Todd Sammons, in honor of my parents, Chandler Leonard Sammons and Raleighnae Patterson Sammons
Vinnie Linares in honor of my multi-cultural grandparents who opened the doors of the world for me
Dawn Sueoka, in honor of Minoru, an artist and dreamer
Trixy ʻIwalani Koide, for my kūpuna who continue to guide me and keep me pono
Tisha M. Aragaki, for Daddy
Shelly Preza, in honor of my grandparents, Robert Abel Amaral & Soon Yai Amaral
Mark Ombrello, for Tino
Demaney Kihe, in honor of my brother, Richard J. K. Kihe