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Moriwaki Public Policy Endowment Established


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An inspiring and gracious gesture by Sharon Y. Moriwaki will benefit the college’s Public Policy Center (PPC). Moriwaki, co-chair and principal investigator of the Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum and former PPC associate director, has made a charitable gift of $420,000 to the PPC through her estate plan. This is an especially meaningful gift due to its timing as she is retiring this semester.

The Moriwaki Public Policy Endowment will help fund the PPC’s non-partisan policy research, education of professionals for careers in public service, and civic engagement enhancing Hawaiʻi’s overall quality of life. This endowment will also ensure that the efforts of the center grow and sustain Hawaiʻi’s renewable energy future through its Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum and improve public policy through it survey research program.

“I am very proud to have been affiliated with the Public Policy Center during my UH career. I am so pleased that a search to recruit and hire my successor has been launched and that the new incumbent will now have more resources to continue coordinating the exemplary university/community partnership and projects of the Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum and to build our Survey Research Program—as both are vital resources to our local community,” said Moriwaki.

In addition to her role as associate director for the college’s PPC, Moriwaki served as assistant vice president of the university and continues to serve as co-chair of the 45-member Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum (HEPF) since 2002.  HEPF is a voluntary organization comprised of representatives from the electric utilities, oil and natural gas suppliers, environmental and community groups, renewable energy industry, academia, and federal, state and local government – all committed to a collaborative approach to energy policy development and long-term planning to achieve Hawaiʻi’s preferred clean energy future. Her current work is in the areas of community development, clean energy and sustainability policy development.

What would you like your legacy to be? If it may be accomplished through charitable giving, please contact Karla Zarate-Ramirez, Associate Vice President, Major Gifts, at or (808) 956-2906.

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