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Hilo Honors Outstanding Service

Posted on | August 18, 2011 | Comments Off

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From left, Keiki Kawaiaea, Kirk Mikami, Rebecca Ostertag and Kolby Santiago

The university is honoring Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, Kirk Mikami, Rebecca Ostertag and Kolby Santiago with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor’s Award.

Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa is an assistant professor at the Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and the recipient of the Koichi and Taniyo Award for Excellence and Innovation. Kawaiʻaeʻa has been instrumental in the development of the Nā Honua Mauli Ola Hawaiian cultural pathways and the Moenahā culture-based curriculum design and instructional method that impact native learners in culturally healthy and responsive ways. She is a true role model. Read more.

Kirk Mikami is an accounting clerk in the business office and the recipient of the Outstanding University Support Employee Award. He has contributed to countless improvements to the existing processes and procedures and is always looking to make operations more efficient. His attitude is that everyone, pulling together, can make UH Hilo a better place to work and a better place for students to get a true education. Read more.

Rebecca “Becky” Ostertag is an associate professor of biology and the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Scholarly and/or Creative Activities. She is a highly productive research scientist with a prolific and consistent publication record. She shares her love for science through her mentoring and continuously receives high teaching evaluations for her hands-on approach and encouraging style. Read more.

Kolby Santiago is a financial aid counselor in the student affairs office and the recipient of the UH Hilo Professional Staff Award. She counsels and provides information and support for students and parents on financial aid. A true team player, Santiago really cares about the students and is held in the highest regard by all those who work with her. Read more.

These honorees will be recognized along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony to be held Tues., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. at Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information to to the awards ceremony website.

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