Isemoto Contracting supports UH Hilo Centennial Campaign

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Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

When Isemoto Contracting Chairman Larry Isemoto read in the newspaper that Barry Taniguchi had established five new Endowed Faculty Funds at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on behalf of KTA Super Stores, he was inspired. Isemoto knew the University’s most important goal in its current Centennial Campaign is to increase the size of its endowment.

Last December, Isemoto Contracting Company stepped forward with a $50,000 donation. Like the Taniguchi gift, funding will be utilized to build an endowment for each of UH Hilo’s five degree-granting colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management; College of Hawaiian Language; and College of Pharmacy. The funds will be used at the discretion of the deans of the respective colleges to support the recruitment and retention of faculty.

Isemoto Contracting has been involved in a number of construction projects over the years on the UH Hilo campus and is currently completing work on the new Student Life and Event Center, set to open this fall.

Isemoto Contracting is a major Hawai‘i Island general contractor headquartered in Hilo. Founded in 1926, the company is headed by Larry Isemoto and Leslie Isemoto, who serves as COO. The company regularly appears on Building Industry magazine’s “Top Ten” list in revenue generated by Hawai‘i contractors.

“This gift will have a transforming impact on UH Hilo because it responds to two of the University’s highest priorities: building our endowment and investing in our faculty,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng.


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