Melody of LoveChie Yamada taught shamisen in the UH Manoa Music Department from 1966 until she passed away in 1992. Her husband, James S. Yamada, chose to honor his beloved wife by establishing an endowment in her memory, to support the Department's unique ethnomusicology program that meant so much to her.
In 1997, Jimmy, as he was known to his family and friends, decided that he could give much larger gifts if he made them in exchange for a life-income plan. From 1997 to 2000, he established five charitable gift annuities, which paid him income for life and reduced his tax burden. He was very happy knowing that at his passing, the remainders of the annuity principals would be added to the Chie Yamada Memorial Endowment.
Jimmy spent the last years of his life studying Zen Buddhism. When he passed away in 2003, the Foundation learned that he had also made the Foundation, for the benefit of the endowment, the beneficiary of his IRA. In life and through his estate, Jimmy made a significant contribution to advance the study of music at the University of Hawai'i, in loving memory of his wife Chie. We express our deep gratitude to him, for his foresight and generosity.
You, too, can leave a legacy to benefit any of the University of Hawai'i's campuses, Colleges, Schools or programs by naming the University of Hawai'i Foundation in your Will, trust or qualified retirement plan. You may also make contributions of $10,000 or more in exchange for a life-income, e.g. charitable gift annuity. You don't have to be wealthy, just willing to help.
If you have already named the UH Foundation in your estate plan, please notify us so we may thank you and welcome you to our Heritage Society.