$65K for Shidler college raised through record, sold-out Executive Vineyards event

March 9, 2023

The 23rd annual Executive Vineyards event raised a record $65,000 for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. Held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on March 9, a sold-out event of more than 600 guests enjoyed an evening of networking, sampling delicious items from local restaurants and tasting a variety of wines and spirits with the iconic Diamond Head and Waikīkī Beach in the backdrop.

Inaugural Asian Field Study Reunion in the books

February 28, 2023

More than 100 alumni gathered on February 5 at Aloha Beer Company, founded by Shidler alumnus Steve Sombrero, MBA ‘94, for the inaugural Asian Field Study Reunion, sponsored by the Asian Field Study Association. The evening was packed with catching up with old friends, sharing stories, enjoying music and delicious food and drinks. Asian Field Study directors K.K. Seo, Jack Suyderhoud and Ben Bystrom relived the program's history and some lucky guests won fabulous prizes from the raffle.

TIM school receives $500K grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support Hawaiʻi HS grads

January 18, 2023

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) in the Shidler College of Business received a $500,000 gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support students who enrolled from Hawaiʻi high schools. The gift establishes a new scholarship that will assist juniors and seniors who demonstrate financial need and leadership abilities, with a preference for students of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Alumni Feature: Sage Creamery a sweet success

January 10, 2023

When Courtney Ro, BBA ‘12, was a student at Shidler studying management and accounting, she was busy preparing herself for her post-college path, which would include her first job out of college at Ernst and Young and then running her own bookkeeping business in 2017. She couldn’t have imagined it at the time, but the flexibility of setting her own schedule would allow her to help her husband, Zachary Villanueva, also a UH Mānoa alumnus (BA ‘15), sell handcrafted (?) ice cream while he was still working a full-time job. Now the pair operate Sage Creamery, scooping out flavors like strawberry fields, kiawe honey lavender and haulolo.

Alumni Feature: Her great balancing act of service and love

January 10, 2023

When Maura Mizuguchi, BBA ‘83, made the decision to earn her accounting degree after thumbing through the help wanted ads in the newspaper, she never looked back. She worked diligently at earning high grades and being involved in extracurricular activities to earn a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She successfully landed at the firm and eventually moved to the mainland. Since then, she’s worked at several Fortune 100 companies and is now the chief accounting officer of Cetera Financial Group.

Alumni Feature: Success is not always a straight line

January 9, 2023

Eva Kam, BBA ‘99, spent her childhood watching her father, Kwock Yum “Johnson” Kam open and grow the first L&L Hawaiian Drive-Inn on Liliha Street in 1976 with “Aunty Margaret,” the mother of his future business partner, Eddie Flores, Jr., BBA ‘70. She recalls that her father recruited friends, family, employees and customers to help grow the business and expand to seven locations over 10 years. On a 1991 family trip with Flores, the idea of franchising the company came up and the partners began. In the 1990s, Johnson Kam started to recruit employees to work in locations on the neighbor islands and in 1999, the first mainland location was opened as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Cerritos, California. 


Flores Real Estate Lecture featuring B.J. Kobayashi

6-7:30 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center 

In-person Info Session: 2023 Executive MBA

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Shidler College of Business, A-303

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Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Asia-Pacific Sustainable Marketing Case Competition

Asia-Pacific Sustainable Marketing Case Competition (APSMCC).

In-Person Info Session: TIM Graduate Program

Learn more about our MS degree in hospitality and tourism at the School of Travel Industry Management

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Virtual Info Session: Shidler Graduate Programs

Get more information about the Global MBA, Master of Accounting and MS in Finance, Marketing Management, and Information System Programs

In The News

TIM school gala seeks $400,000 for scholarships
February 27, 2023

“Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism,” the largest fundraiser for the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management at the Shidler College of Business, is on track to set a fundraising record this year, but officials say more money is needed to help Hawaii’s visitor industry firm up its hiring pipeline amid continued labor shortages and a graying workforce.

Studied To Death? Some Say Hawaii Doesn’t Need More Data Before Acting On Overtourism
February 27, 2023

As Hawaii tourism rebounds three years after being effectively shut down during the pandemic, political, community and business leaders are reprising a question central to policy discussions about the state’s most prominent industry: How many tourists is too many?

NSA Engages with Partners, Public During Top Scientific Conference in Hawaii
February 23, 2023

This year, NSA attended and sponsored the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) at the Hyatt Regency Maui. Held over three days in January, it serves as the longest-standing working scientific conference on information technology management in the world.

$250K endowed scholarship to support first-gen Shidler students
February 2, 2023

Being someone who truly understands the daunting role of being the first in a family to attend college, alumna Sheila Kan Chuang, has established the Kan-Chuang Hope Endowed Scholarship with a gift of $250,000 to support undergraduate students pursuing a degree at the Shidler college. The scholarship will help students who may be the first generation in their family to attend college.

$250K gift updates Shidler Student Leadership Center
January 8, 2023

The newly modernized Roland and Evelyn Casamina House of Finance Undergraduate Student Leadership Center was unveiled during a blessing ceremony held on January 6 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business.

UH’s online executive MBA program nationally recognized
January 3, 2023

According to Bankrate, a national consumer financial services company, Shidler College of Business has been ranked as one of the top five online executive MBA programs for 2022.

Class Notes

Class Notes: Kyle Oura (MAcc 2005) and Cindy Chen (BBA 2004)

June 7, 2018

Shidler alums Kyle Oura (MAcc 2005) and Cindy Chen (BBA 2004) moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2005 after graduating from UH Manoa.

Class Notes: Kelvin Chun (BBA 1982)

June 6, 2018

Kelvin Chun (BBA 1982) has been re-elected to the board of the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union. He will serve a three-year term. Chun is an award winning educator, magician, balloon sculptor and kite enthusiast.

Class Notes: Richard Baker (BBA 2014)

June 5, 2018

Richard Baker (BBA 2014) has joined Facebook as an operations analyst. Previously, Baker was an audit senior at Deloitte. Along with a BBA from Shidler, Baker also holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese from UH Manoa.

Mary Grace Jacot (BBA 2000)

May 21, 2018

Mary Grace Jacot (BBA 2000) has been named the 2018 First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year. Grace is president and CEO of S.E.T. - Pacific, Inc., an energy systems contractor based in Tamuning, Guam. Grace accepted her award at the Businesswoman of the Year gala in April and was featured on the cover of the May issue of Guam Business Magazine.