Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education
Kunimoto Award Winner
Renee Bell is a second-year student in the food services program at Hawaii Community College. While physically challenged, Bell maintains a strong positive attitude and is determined to succeed in whatever her goals may be, including running her own restaurant.
Bell willingly puts in the extra effort to achieve both inside and outside the classroom and is well liked by her peers and instructors. As a prime example of her selfless compassion and desire to help others, Bell offers her services as a note-taker to a fellow student who is hearing impaired and took a sign language class in the evenings to learn how to better communicate with her classmate.
Bell has two adult children, one of whom is a fellow classmate attending Hawaii CC and is also pursuing a degree in food services.
One of Bell’s professors predicts, "She is a hard worker and conscientious student and with continued education and job experience, will become a success in her chosen field."
The Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education rewards outstanding achievement and significant contribution to vocational and technical education by a community college faculty member or student.
The award was established by family members to honor the namesakes’ role in development of the food industry in Hawaii.
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