Donor Recognition

Member Donors Create Lasting Legacies

Endowments provide continuing support for ARCS Scholar Awards. They can be—

  • Tributes, like the endowment established in 1985 by Dr. George and Virginia "Betti" Starbuck in remembrance of their grandson, E. Palmer Payne, Jr., for an award in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Betti was the eigthth president of ARCS Honolulu Chapter, serving from 1984 to 1986.
  • Bequests, like the fund established in 2004 by the estate of Inagural ARCS Honolulu board member Sarah "Sally" Ann Martin to provide for PhD students in the College of Natural Sciences
  • Remembrances, like the Ellen M. Koenig Memorial Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation, which provides annual grants to support ARCS awards in any approved discipline.

Read the stories of some of the remarkable women who created or are memorialized by endowed funds.

Helen Jones Farrar, headshot
Helen Jones Farrar

Born in the early 1890s to the wealthy kama‘aina family that co-founded Bank of Hawai‘i, Helen Jones attended O‘ahu College, majored in science at Smith College, and was one of the first women to obtain a driver's license on O‘ahu. She married R.J.H. Farrar and moved to Hawai‘i Island, where she became fascinated by construction of the first telescopes on Mauna Kea and the young astronomers she met. Her nephew Russel Richards established the Helen Jones Farrar Award as a fitting memorial. The award goes to an ARCS Scholar in astronomy or tropical agriculture.

Maybelle C Roth, newspaper clipping
Maybelle F. Roth

Bellingham, Wash., native Maybelle Felker earned a BS in home economics from Oregon State University and moved to Hilo following her husband’s death in 1927. She taught English in Asia and Spain, earned master’s degrees from the University of Hawai‘i and UC Berkeley, and authored A Tentative Three Year Secondary Course of Study in Spanish. After retiring as a UH associate professor, she traveled widely and was active in the Hawaiian Historical Society and Malacological Society. She established an ARCS Award for students studying conservation biology at Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Shelagh Kresser headshot
Shelagh Scoville Kresser

Shelagh Scoville was born in Pasadena in 1928 and studied at Dominican College in San Rafael. She opened The Gallery in Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1950 to showcase contemporary work by local artists. While president of the ARCS Honolulu, she created the Federick Mosson Kresser ARCS Award in engineering in memory of her husband, president of Pacific Construction Company. Active in National Society of Arts and Letters and National League of American Pen Women, Shelagh wrote a children’s book, The Chronicles of Fitkin Le Fraise, and Ulu's Dog, a collection of short stories.

Hazel Bretzlaff Von Allen
Hazel Van Allen

Hazel Lois Van Allen was described as a “vivacious wahine” and gracious hostess with homes in Reno and Honolulu. But she was humble and private in her role as benefactress. Hazel and her husband, retired Army Col. William Van Allan, established the Bretzlaff Foundation Trust in honor of her first husband, W. Herbert Bretzlaff, to support education, the arts, and social organizations. The Bretzlaff Foundation ARCS Award supports a student in Engineering.

Charlotte Yates
Charlotte Moulton Yates

1942 Punahou School alumna Charlotte Moulton Friel was known for a lively personality and penchant for shopping. She and husband Mark Reid Yates traveled extensively and were active in the Pacific Club, Oahu Country Club, and Outrigger Canoe Club. They endowed the Dr. Guy Moulton Yates ARCS Award in medicine in memory of their son. A lifelong member of P.E.O., Charlotte supported numerous community organizations, financed acquisition of an organ console at Central Union Church, and donated works of art to various museums.

Jackie Takeshita
Jackie Takeshita

The ever elegant and gracious Jackie Takeshita attended MidPac School and University of Hawai‘i. She was active in ARCS, serviing as Honolulu President 1998–2000, and remains a patron of Ballet Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Opera Theatre. When she and husband Clifford Laughton launched their satelite telecommincation company, they named it Columbia Communications Corp. in honor of NASAʻs space shuttle. The endowment they funded from the proceeds supports the Columbia Communications ARCS Award in astronomy.

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Mona Marie Elmore

Born in 1924 in Pasadena and trained in Dewey educational pegagogy, Mona delighted in being "Mrs. George Orton Elmore." The former teacher and school superintendent and her real estate developer husband moved to Kaua‘i and then Honolulu, where they were unwavering supporters of ARCS. She sought advertures abroad and intelligently quizzed ARCS Scholars at home. ARCS Honolulu used her 2019 bequest to establish the George Orton and Mona Marie Elmore ARCS Scholar endowment, annually funding awards in astronomy, oceanography, and other approved ARCS disciplines. Read more about her gift

Cheryl Ernst
Cheryl Ernst

Born in Seattle in 1956 and trained in journalism at the University of Washington, Cheryl moved to Kailua to marry Advertiser reporter Andy Yamaguchi. Her favorite activity during 30+ years as a Univeristy of Hawai‘i public information officer—writing about scientific research—led her to ARCS. She has served several terms as chapter co-president. Cheryl used her inheritance to establish the H. Keith and Sue Ernst Endowment to honor her parentsʻ hard work, intellectual curiosity, and belief in higher education. She is active in Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and Jane Austen Society of North America.

Jane Katayama, Mason Russo, Daniel KatayamaJane and Daniel Katayama Scholar of the Year Mason Russo and sponsors


ARCS Scholar Award Sponsors ($6,000)

Niki Lee
Dr. Jacqueline Maly
Elizabeth Asteriadis

Scholar of the Year Award Sponsors ($1,000)

Jane and Daniel Katayama
Vanelle Maunalei Love

Friend of ARCS (over $100)

Elizabeth Nesbitt
Caron Ogg
Elizabeth Wainwright
Leslie Wilson
Stephanie Laws
Brent Tully
Cindy Hunter
Jane Katayama

Dr. Mark Hixon on ARCS Scientist Honor

Dr. Mark Hixon, Photo by Chris Pala

"I am especially grateful that ARCS Honolulu appreciates the mentoring of graduate students, who are society’s future scientists during an era when science is increasingly under attack."

ARCS Honolulu Chapter named marine ecologist Dr. Mark Hixon its 2021 ARCS Scientist of the Year for his remarkable record of research, mentorship and public outreach. He is the Sidney and Erika Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology and chairs the Zoology Graduate Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Photo by Chris Pala

Scholar Update: Marine Biologist Shayle Matsuda

Shayle Matsuda at ocean overlook“The increasing frequency and severity of global coral bleaching events, the devastation to reef ecosystems and the communities who rely on them led to my dedication to coral reef conservation.”

As a University of Hawai‘i at Manoa doctoral candidate, 2019 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Shayle Matsuda pioneered new molecular techniques to study symbioses between coral, algae and bacteria. He continues that work as part of an international coral reef restoration project under a 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship—a premier postdoctoral program in conservation science that supports early-career scientists and seeks solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges.

Scholar Update: Lunar Luminary Paul Lucey

Dr. Paul Lucey in labsuit

"When I began research in planetary science as an undergraduate, I saw it as a tangible way to explore space and make meaningful contributions to that endeavor. As time passed, I have enjoyed helping many students do the same, and watch them become successful scientists."

1987 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Dr. Paul Lucey received the NASA Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal recipient for lifetime achievement in the study of the Moon and other rocky planets. A professor in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, he has been instrumental in developing imaging spectrometers for NASA. His use of hyperspectral imagery to efficiently map lunar materials and quantitative modeling of near-infrared spectra have generated key insights regarding the composition of the lunar crust and interior. Read more