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Donor promises to give $9M to University of Hawaii

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An anonymous donor is promising to give $9.2 million to the University of Hawaii in support of astronomy, oceanography, culinary arts and other programs. 

University of Hawaii Foundation spokeswoman Margot Schrire said today the donor has already given some of the money to the school. But most of the funds will be given to the university upon the donor’s death. The donor will remain anonymous until he or she passes. 

The money will fund scholars at the Institute for Astronomy and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology or SOEST. 

It will also help pay for the design and construction of a new Culinary Institute of the Pacific facility. 

The donation will support student scholarships and work in geriatric medicine and rare Hawaiian plants. 

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