A gift from your estate can be designated to student scholarships or a program at the East-West Center.

While cash contributions are always appreciated, there are other creative and flexible giving options that can benefit you and the East-West Center.  Consider, for example, donating real estate, stocks, marketable securities, or other assets in return for a series of regular payments.  Many planned giving options offer generous tax benefits as well.

Whether it is naming East-West Center Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or other liquid or non-liquid assets, we encourage you to consult with your financial advisor to discuss the options.

The East-West Legacy Society recognizes alumni and friends who support the mission of the East-West Center in their estate plans. An honorary designation is conferred upon all known donors who have included the East-West Center in their estate plans.

No matter what you choose to give, you will be honored through:

• Recognition on our website
• Acknowledgement on the Honor Roll of Donors in Burns Hall
• Invitations to special events for major donors.

You need not be wealthy to leave a legacy.  Help ensure the sustainability of the East-West Center in a way that makes your core values known to others.  Generations to come will benefit from your gift.  Your support of our mission will be long remembered and serve as an inspiration to others.

For more information, please contact Gary Yoshida, Development Officer, at 808.944.7196 or



(L to R): Mary Hammond, Gary Lin, Karen Knudsen, Gary Yoshida

Ms. Yi-Chieh Lai, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology from Taiwan, is the first recipient of the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship privately funded by the Gary S.H. Lin Fellowships.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the National Taiwan University of the Arts and a master’s degree in musicology from the Taipei National University of the Arts.  An accomplished player of the traditional Chinese guzheng, or plucked zither, her long-range goal is to use her guzheng

Yi-Chieh Lai
performance skills to promote Chinese culture and cross-cultural communication and understanding.  Yi-Chieh’s research explores the transformation and development of the Chinese guzheng ensemble and solo traditions in the making of Taiwanese identity.