Kauaʻi Community College culinary arts student Kuʻuleinani Breen was awarded the 2015 Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Vocational Education.
A Native Hawaiian, Breen was a Waiʻaleʻale Project student, which supports all expenses for students whom a college education is a stretch goal. She has excelled at Kauaʻi CC and has earned a place on the dean’s list three times and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Breen has earned the respect of faculty members and peers showing perseverance and diligence as a leader in her cohort group. One of her greatest contributions has been as a role model. She has applied strengths taught in the culinary arts pathway—the ability to manage time, communicate effectively and successfully, positively direct others to complete tasks, give full attention as a listener, create new and inventive products and help student colleagues.
She looks forward to beginning her career in the food service business and serving as a community leader. Breenʻs goal is to one day have her own restaurant.