UH Mānoa students receive Edwin M. Hastings Memorial Scholarship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tia L Ikeno, (808) 956-3617
Spec Proj Coord, Travel Industry Management School
Posted: Aug 28, 2009

Sixteen deserving undergraduate students studying at the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa received scholarships thanks to a newly established Edwin M. Hastings Memorial Scholarship donation of $42,000.  The merit-based scholarships support TIM students who are Hawai‘i residents with a preference to those who graduated from local high schools. 


Born in Brooklyn, the late Edwin “Ed” Hastings spent his entire career in the tourism industry, which began in New York with World Cruises.  When Conrad Hilton purchased the famous Waldorf Astoria, he promoted Ed to General Manager. In 1955, Ed moved to Hawai‘i to manage Matson’s hotels, but returned to New York to rejoin Conrad Hilton when the Matson properties were sold to Sheraton in 1959.  Eventually Ed returned to Hawaiʻi to manage the Hilton Hawaiian Village and then the regional operations of Hilton Hotels in the Pacific and the Far East.  He supervised the Hilton hotel openings in Kona and on Maui and was instrumental in developing the Japanese market by making frequent visits to Japan to establish business relationships.


Ed was honored as a travel industry pioneer at the TIM School’s annual Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism Banquet in 2007.  Dr. Juanita C. Liu, the TIM School’s Interim Dean said, “This generous support for our hard-working students during these tough economic times is very much appreciated.  It reaffirms the commitment from our community and the industry in support of preparing future professionals for the State’s largest industry.  We are truly grateful for the foresight and generosity of the Hastings family in supporting our students.  This year total scholarships awarded to TIM students now exceed $70,000. 


The following TIM students received a Hastings scholarship for the upcoming academic year-- Ashley Chang, Tracy Imamura, Maymy Kan, Lindsay Kikawa, Shelley Kim, Michelle Lam, Lauren LeVault, Ruth Eli Manuel, Elaine McLemore, Christina Pirscher, Tasha Rames, Natasha Takase, Mathew Tanaka, Farrah Truong, Andrea Wong, and Evan Yamashita.  The Edwin M. Hastings Trust is administered by Bank of Hawaiʻi, trustee.