Richard H. Cox with 2014 recipients of the Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowships

Richard H. Cox has made a generous gift of $60,000 to the East-West Center to support the Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowships, Arts Program and International Graduate Student Conference.  Mr. Cox is a former Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) vice president, and chair and commissioner of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Commission on Water Resource Management.

The Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowships provide awards for Degree Fellows and Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellows with a preference for students from Vietnam.  Mr. Cox has been a loyal member of the Arts ‘Ohana since 2005.  His donation to the Arts Program will support two exhibitions — The Textile Treasures: Works from the Permanent Collection and The Arts of Indian Parsi Textiles — and their educational outreach and teacher workshops.  Mr. Cox attended several sessions of the 14th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) in February and was inspired to support the next two IGSCs which will provide opportunities for graduate students from around the world to present their work in a formal, international setting in a number of areas focusing on the Asia Pacific region.


Dr. Ashok Malhotra and Joshua Lelemia Irvine

1960’s alumnus Ashok Malhotra created the Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Award to reward and encourage EWC students to be involved in public service.  During his recent trip to Honolulu, Dr. Malhotra met with Joshua Lelemia Irvine, a 2014 recipient from Hawai‘i, who said “Dr. Malhotra inspires me.  Listening to his stories is motivating and puts life into perspective.  His legacy of being a world citizen began here at the East-West Center.”


Larry E. Smith

The East-West Center community was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former Education Director and longtime community supporter Larry Smith.  He suffered a fatal heart attack in December 2014 shortly after arriving in New Delhi to attend a conference.

Larry Smith’s family and a group of friends and admirers established the Larry E. Smith Scholarship in his memory. This scholarship will provide awards for Degree Fellows and Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellows at the East-West Center with an interest in World Englishes, language learning and culture, linguistics and related fields.

Donate online to the Larry E. Smith Scholarship and select “Larry E. Smith Scholarship” for the designation, or send your contribution to:

            East-West Center Foundation
            1601 East-West Road
            Honolulu, HI 96848-1601
            Tel: 808.944.7105

Download more information on the Larry E. Smith Scholarship