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New Executive Director of Development for UH Hilo

Mariko Miho
Mariko Miho

Announcement from the Chancellor:


I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mariko Miho as Executive Director of Development for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Miho was born and raised in Honolulu and is the daughter of the late Katsugo and Laura Miho. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1980 with a BA in psychology and has been working in leadership and development positions supporting public higher education for the past 18 years.

Previous posts include director of development at UH West Oahu, community affairs and special programs coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i community colleges; vice president of donor services and marketing at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation; and associate vice president of development at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation.

Earlier in her career Miho worked in diverse settings in Tokyo, Japan, Northern California and Hawai‘i, as a language trainer, business-to-business marketing communications specialist for Hewlett Packard, and nonprofit executive for performing arts and cultural organizations.

Her many interests include hula, taiko, zen meditation, Hawaiian culture and values, flower arranging, community and ethnic history, and animals, to name a few.

Mariko brings a wealth of experience, skills, and enthusiasm to UH Hilo. She will be going out into our ‘ohana and the community to develop collaborative relationships for the benefit of our students and our university.

Her office is located in the Kilauea Financial Plaza and you can find her contact info here.


Donald Straney

Kamehameha Schools delegation tours site of new College of Hawaiian Language building

A delegation from Kamehameha Schools stands with UH Hilo officials at the construction site of Haleʻōlelo, Hilo’s new College of Hawaiian Language facilities. (Left to right) Handley Null, Jacobsen Construction project manager; Mariko Miho, UH Foundation senior director of development for regional and community colleges; Stacy Clayton, Kamehameha Schools director of the extension education division; Brandon Ledward, Kamehameha Schools director of the ‘āina-based education department; Don Straney, UH Hilo chancellor; Matt Platz, UH Hilo vice chancellor for academic affairs; Andrea Furuli, UH Hilo development office interim director.
Rendering of Haleʻōlelo, the new College of Hawaiian Language facilities currently under construction.

Nine members of the Kamehameha Schools Extension Education Services Division visited the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus on March 4. The intent of the visit was to hear about what UH Hilo is doing to recruit, retain and graduate Native Hawaiian students, to learn more about partnership efforts that exists with Kamehameha Schools, and to explore new collaborative opportunities.

UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney hosted the event. Presentations were made by faculty, staff and students representing Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, Nā Pua Noʻeau Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, and the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science.

The skylight is the "piko" or the center of the new College of Hawaiian Language building.
The skylight is the “piko” or the center of the new College of Hawaiian Language building.

Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, interim executive assistant to the chancellor, presented an overview of Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao, the UH system initiative to become a model indigenous-serving institution. She also discussed UH Hilo’s efforts to develop a campus plan.

Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, led a hard-hat tour of Haleʻōlelo, the new College of Hawaiian Language facilities currently under construction.

Representatives from Kamehameha Schools included Stacy Clayton, director of the extension education services division; Alapaki Nahaleʻa, director of community programs on Hawaiʻi island; Brandon Ledward, director of the ʻaina-based education department; Carrie Larger, director of the career and post-high counseling and guidance department; Robert Medeiros, director of the enrichment department; Mark Ellis, director of program support; Kerri-Ann Hewett-Fraser, program manager; and Hannah Pau and Heidi Dangaran, program managers on Hawaiʻi island.

UH Hilo’s Chief Development Officer to become Director of Institutional Advancement at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Announcement from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney

Margaret Shiba
Margaret Shiba

I am pleased to announce a staffing update to UH Hilo’s development team.

On January 16, 2013, Margaret Shiba will become the Director of Institutional Advancement at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, where she will work closely with Executive Director Ka‘iu Kimura on enhancing the funding base for this dynamic education and outreach center. ‘Imiloa has grown in significance and outreach since its opening in 2006, and Margaret will assist its leadership in addressing the challenges and opportunities of its next phase of development.

Margaret has been with the UH Foundation for the past eight years, serving as the Chief Development Officer for UH Hilo. Those duties will be temporarily assumed by Andrea Furuli while a search is conducted to fill this position.

Thank you, Margaret, for your continuous hard work and efforts, and especially for your dedication to providing our donors with a quality experience!

Don Straney

2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon now underway

Announcement from Margaret Shiba, senior director of development:

Dear UH Hilo Faculty and Staff,

This is to announce the start of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon. Donations will be solicited from our database of UH Hilo alumni and friends, through calls made by students recruited, trained, and supervised by the UH Foundation. As always, donors will have an opportunity to direct their gifts to whichever unit of UH Hilo they wish to support or to the chancellor’s campus-wide enrichment fund.

While the calls all originate from the foundation’s calling center on O‘ahu (student callers are recruited from UH Manoa and Kapiolani CC), the phonathon scripts include up-to-date information on our campus and some of the highlights of the past year. Chancellor Don Straney personally met with the students callers in Honolulu last week, and he took time to answer their questions and to treat them to cookies from Big Island Candies!

This is the first of three phonathons for UH Hilo this year. In January we are planning a phonathon on behalf of Vulcan athletic programs, and in early early February, parents of UH Hilo students will be solicited.

In case any of your friends or contacts in the community mention receiving one of these calls, I want you to be aware of this important campaign. All funds raised will come back to Hilo, and every donor—whether paying by check or credit card–will receive prompt written confirmation from the UH Foundation indicating UH Hilo as the beneficiary. We look forward to great success with this campaign and more funds to meet campus needs.

Please wish us luck and do whatever you can to encourage generous donations to our good cause! Mahalo!

Margaret Shiba & Andrea Furuli
UH Hilo Office of Development/UH Foundation

P.S. Just so you are aware, anyone who prefers not to receive this sort of fundraising call is always able to request placement on a “Do Not Call” list, which the UH Foundation strictly observes.