Guy Toyama Memorial Fund Establishes a New Scholarship for Hawaii Students

An investment in students commemorates the life of a Hawaii visionary while fostering positive change now and in the future.

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is announcing its first academic scholarship in partnership with the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF). The academic scholarship, available to qualifying high school or college students who live in Hawaii and are pursuing a degree in the fields of sustainability, entrepreneurship or related disciplines, is made possible by donations from friends, family and businesses, and furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy's Keauhou Poke Contest

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

“Guy understood that, in order to create a sustainable future, we need to invest in the students of today. This scholarship is a small step toward creating businesses and systems that accomplish this goal,” said Rod Hinman, Steering Committee Chair of the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

Eligible students must enroll in a 2‐year or 4‐year college program, and should demonstrate a commitment to an area of study related to sustainability. Examples include: permaculture, environmental management, architecture or green building, ecology, ecological economics, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and renewable energy, green business management, or philosophy/ethics with a sustainability focus.

In addition to the academic scholarship managed by the HCF, the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF). Through the ISF, the fund will provide grants for non‐profit projects focused on innovation and sustainability. The combination of grants and academic scholarships will create positive outcomes for future generations.

The late Guy Toyama shows off his award winning Abalone Poke.

The late Guy Toyama shows off his award winning Abalone Poke.

Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never‐ending spirit of kuleana will be carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many.

Hawaii Community Foundation’s scholarship program awards over $4 million each year and consists of more than 180 different scholarship opportunities established by generous individuals, families, businesses or organizations to assist Hawaii’s residents in obtaining a college education. Some scholarship funds are part of the HCF and some opportunities are through private foundations that contract with HCF to administer their scholarships. Students apply online with one common application and, if eligible, can be awarded from one or more of these funds. To submit an online application, search for a scholarship or find more information, please visit

About the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the memory of Guy Toyama by establishing scholarships and awarding grants to non‐profits working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction, and local food production. Requests for additional information can be addressed to, or by visiting

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