Give an Unrestricted Gift
Unrestricted gifts are used to help areas of the East-West Center where the need or the opportunity is the greatest.  Making an unrestricted gift allows the Center to apply your funds where they will have the most impact.

Founded in 2001, the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is a signature program of the Center.  The program attracts high potential leaders from across the Asia Pacific region and links regional awareness with personal and professional leadership development.  The APLP is a nine-month program with a minimum four-month residency requirement.  During the first term all participants are based at the Center in Honolulu and live on campus.  The second term, participants are involved in applied leadership activities in work, research or project development.  Currently celebrating its 14th anniversary, the APLP has created a network of 517 dynamic leaders in 54 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.

Nainoa Thompson Fund for APLP Scholarships
Nainoa Thompson is a Native Hawaiian navigator and the executive director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. His dedication to the rebirth of traditional voyaging, and to sharing the cultural revival that has spread across Polynesia with the rest of the world, has played a leading role in helping build understanding and relations across the Pacific and beyond.  He has been a distinguished speaker and strong supporter of the APLP since its inception.

The Nainoa Thompson Fund for APLP Scholarships (NTF) was established by the APLP Class of 2005 as a legacy project in honor of Mr. Thompson.  The fund provides scholarship support to meritorious APLP fellows who are unable to meet the full cost of program participation such as travel to Hawaii, accommodation and living costs and program fees.

Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP)
The Asian Studies Development Program’s mission is to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies through faculty and institutional development programs, publications, and community outreach. Since its inception in 1990, these programs in Hawai‘i have been attended by more than 1,500 American college and university professors and administrators, including many from Hawai‘i, as well as over 150 educators from leading universities in East and Southeast Asia. ASDP is a joint project of the East-West Center and the University of Hawai‘i.

New Generation Seminar (NGS)
The New Generation Seminar provides the next generation of Asia Pacific and American leaders an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of key regional issues, discuss policy options for issues of common critical concern, and build an international network.  The program is an intensive two-week shared study, dialogue and travel program with a thematic focus, selected to reflect a timely and important challenge or trend that affects countries across the region.  Three hundred thirty-eight rising regional leaders from 26 Asia Pacific countries and the U.S. have broadened their vision, deepened their knowledge, and internationalized their perspectives.

East-West Center Alumni Scholarship Fund
Your gift makes a real difference in the lives of East-West Center students to prepare them for leadership positions in the Asia Pacific region.  These stand-alone scholarships make the Center’s transformational educational programs accessible to all qualified graduate degree fellows, regardless of their economic resources.  All alumni and friends of the EWC are welcome to designate their gifts to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.  Because this is not an endowment, gifts to the fund are available for immediate use.

East-West Center Association Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships
EWCA alumni created the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships as a legacy to help future generations of students share the EWC experience. Contributions can be made in the form of cash, bequest/trust, appreciated securities, or life insurance.  This fund includes all gifts from donors who designate their donations to the endowment.  The principal of the fund is invested to produce income.  The principal remains untouched, so the endowment can last into perpetuity.  Income from the investment of these funds is used to fund scholarships.

Wall of Honor Program
For over 50 years, the East-West Center has been supported by many who believe in its mission and work hard to achieve it.  Through their work, they have shaped the Asia Pacific region and inspired others who came to the East-West Center.

Honor East-West Center persons—past or present—who have been important in your life and to the East-West Center by making special gifts of $100 per honoree.  The honorees must be affiliated with the East-West Center as alumni, professional participants, students, fellows, staff, host family, Friends of the East-West Center, or members of an EWC board.

Arts Program
The East-West Center Arts Program presents programs that serve as a window to understanding other nations and peoples. Participating artists represent the artistic wealth and cultural diversity of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Close collaboration with leading agencies and arts organizations in the region ensures the quality and authenticity of the activities presented under the auspices of the Center.

Arts ‘Ohana
East-West Center Arts ‘Ohana is a distinguished group of individuals who support the success and growth of the Arts Program at the East-West Center.  Special programs arranged exclusively for ‘Ohana members provide unique opportunities to enjoy EWC exhibitions and performance-demonstrations in intimate settings.  Annual memberships are $5,000 at the Statesman level, $1,000 at the Ambassador level and $500 at the Member level.  Contributions exceeding $50 are tax deductible as permitted by law.


Create Your Own Fund
You can start your own fund to transform lives through scholarships at the East-West Center with only $25,000.  When the fund reaches $50,000, it will become a Permanent Named Endowment.  Please call Gary Yoshida, Development Officer, at 808.944.7196 or email for more information.