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Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community

Service Award Winner

Kem Lowry, headshot

Kem Lowry
UH Manoa

Kem Lowry is a professor and chair of the urban and regional planning department at UH Manoa. His dedication to community service, which spans more than 30 years has set a standard of service that few have matched. Not only has Lowry dedicated countless hours working with community organizations, his entire career has been dedicated to improving the lives of people in this state as well as other countries.

While the focus of Lowry’s service has been both increased community capacity for informal problem solving through mediation and collaborative planning and for assessing outcomes, his contributions to civic engagement, community building and reflective practice are immeasurable. He has been involved with many organizations including the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and the H. John Heinz II Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Lowry is an important faculty "diplomat," garnering goodwill on behalf of the university through his good acts.

The Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award has honored faculty members for significant contributions that strengthen ties between the University of Hawai’i and the community.

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Linda Cox
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Donnalyn Kalei
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Roy Kamida


Lee Stein, headshot
Lee Stein
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Stephen Wehrman


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Ralph Kouchi
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Nelda Quensell