Eddie Flores Jr., founder of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, donated $1 million to the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
UH announced today that the donation from Flores and his wife Elaine will go to creating the Eddie and Elaine Flores Jr. Real Estate Lecture Series.
“This lecture series would not be possible without the vision and support of Eddie and Elaine,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business in a statement. “Eddie is a successful entrepreneur and an accomplished real estate investor, author and educator.”
The Flores Real Estate Lecture Series will highlight issues and trends in Hawaii’s real estate industry and elsewhere. The program also will provide participants network opportunities.
Flores created his brokerage firm, Sun Pacific Realty, in 1972 and now operates a real estate school.
This the second $1 million donation Flores has gifted to the college. In 2007, Flores established a $1 million scholarship endowment at the school, which provided more than 160 scholarships to students.
“I am a very proud graduate from Shidler College of Business,” Flores said. He received his bachelor’s of business administration degree from the school in 1970. “The college taught me everything and provided all tools to be successful in business. This gift is my way of giving back to the college and to the community.”
Roley said the college plans to name the Shidler courtyard after Flores.
“We are proud to have the L&L legacy attached to the college forever,” Roley said.