HONORING PARENTS WITH ENDOWMENT FUND
TO SUPPORT OKINAWAN PARTICIPANTS
Robert T. Nakasone has established the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund at the East-West Center to honor his late parents with a $50,000 gift. The fund will help Obuchi and Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB) award recipients who may need assistance to enhance their grants for travel and educational expenses.
Matsuro Nakasone emigrated to Hawai‘i from Okinawa, worked on a plantation field, married Tsuruko and later became a cook at the Lanai Plantation. The family moved to Honolulu where they started a “hot dog stand” on Hotel Street. With hard work they developed a successful small business and raised five sons and one daughter who all graduated from college. Matsuro died in 1995 at 92 years old and Tsuruko died in 2011 at 101 years old. Education and their Okinawan heritage were very important to them.
Obuchi Student Scholarships support Okinawan students for master’s or doctoral degree study at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) in fields deemed beneficial to Okinawan development needs or for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). These scholarships are offered through a joint venture of the United States and Japanese governments, specifically through the East-West Center and Okinawa Prefectural Government.
The Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association Fund for East-West Center Scholarships, established in 2005, provides awards for Asia Pacific Leadership Program participants from the Okinawan communities where WUB chapter are located who are unable to meet the full cost of program participation. WUB is a network of Uchinanchu and Uchinanchu-at-heart, whose members are from business and professional communities throughout the world.
EDDIE AND ELAINE FLORES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Eddie Flores, president and CEO of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, currently serves on the East-West Center Foundation Board of Directors. He established the Eddie and Elaine Flores Scholarship Fund as a $50,000 Permanent Named Endowment in 2011 and recently gave an additional $10,000 to the fund. The scholarship provides awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants with a preference for those from the Philippines, China and Hawai‘i.
2016 EAST-WEST CENTER/EAST-WEST CENTER ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Our sincere thanks to the businesses and organizations who helped make this conference possible through their generous donations.
La Frutera, Inc.
Philippine Department of Tourism
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
University of Hawai‘i Foundation
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Energy Policy Development Program
Embassy of the United States, Manila, Philippines
East-West Center Association Manila Chapter