CPA firm establishes endowed scholarship at the Shidler College of Business

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Unyong Nakata, (808) 286-0702
Senior Director of Development, Shidler College of Business
Posted: Oct 27, 2015

From left, Roley, Chew, Hiyane, Miyashiro, Brian Isobe, Blake Isobe, Tanaka, Pourjalali and Nakata.
From left, Roley, Chew, Hiyane, Miyashiro, Brian Isobe, Blake Isobe, Tanaka, Pourjalali and Nakata.

The Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa has received a gift to create an endowed scholarship from N&K CPAs, Inc.  The endowed scholarship will provide tuition assistance to the best and brightest Accounting students at the College in perpetuity.

N&K has selected the Shidler College of Business’ Accounting program as the recipient of its endowment to assist deserving accounting students in preparing for a career in public accounting.  Many of the leaders and team members of N&K are proud graduates of UH Mānoa's Accounting program and the firm continues to recruit from there.

“We believe this gift is a good way to give back to the University and assist young students who aspire to become a CPA someday,” said Alton K. Miyashiro, N&K managing principal.

“We are grateful to N&K for investing in the best and brightest Accounting students,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “N&K has been a longstanding partner of the College via internships, hiring our graduates, and student mentoring.  It is wonderful to now have them as part of our scholarship program in perpetuity.”

The N&K CPAs Endowed Scholarship joins a scholarship program that is the largest in the entire UH System. It provides, on average, $1 million in tuition assistance to deserving Shidler College of Business students each academic year.  This enables students to graduate on time, without debt, and with internship and study abroad experiences.

In 1973, Sadao Nishihama and Glenn Kishida formed a partnership and, with a staff of nine, opened their office at 1001 Bishop Street to provide accounting and tax services.  

Since its humble beginnings, N&K has grown to a firm of eight principals and over 60 personnel to become one of the largest local CPA firms in the state.  Today N&K is a full-service CPA firm providing attest, tax and consulting services to Hawaiʻi-based businesses with a local approach to service delivery along with global connections and resources.

(Full photo caption, from left) UHM Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley, Lawrence M. Chew, Wesley B. Hiyane, Alton Miyashiro, Brian Isobe, Blake S. Isobe, Michael I. Tanaka, UHM School of Accountancy Director Hamid Pourjalali and Unyong Nakata, senior director of development at UH Foundation.  Missing from photo:  Dwayne S. Takeno and Chad Funasaki.

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