Photo depicting the 2013 Distinguished Alumni honorees
(from left to right, top to bottom): Eric Matsumoto, Valerie Takata, and Larry Kimura; and the Distinguished Service honoree: Gerald De Mello.
UH Hilo’s Alumni and Friends Association are currently accepting nominations to honor selected individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions.
Each year, the Association grants one or more Distinguished Alumni Awards to individuals based on the nominee’s professional accomplishments, service to the community, and service to the University. Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have completed at least 50% of his/her educational program at UH Hilo. For those who attended the institution prior to 1973 when UH Hilo was a 2-year college, that means one year at UH Hilo.
The Distinguished Service Award is given to those whose contributions to UH Hilo (financial or service) has benefited the University in numerous and significant ways. Nominees of the Distinguished Service Award must have demonstrated consistent contributions to the University over a reasonable period of time, and whose contributions have had positive impact on the students and/or the University.
The 2013 Distinguished ALUMNI honorees were Eric Matsumoto (16th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii), Larry Kimura (Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Language and Culture), and Valerie Takata (Complex Area Superintendent for State of Hawaii, DOE: Hilo-Waiakea). The Distinguished SERVICE honoree was Director of University Relations and External Affairs emeritus, Gerald De Mello.
Download a nomination form or call 808-974-7501 or 808-974-7643 for more information. The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2013.
UH Hilo’s 14th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet is set for Saturday, February 22, 2014 at UH Hilo’s Campus Center Dining Hall, starting at 5:00pm with no-host cocktails and a silent auction.