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Regents’ Medals of Distinction

The Regents’ Medal of Distinction is awarded by the Board of Regents to Individuals of exceptional accomplishment and distinction who have made significant contributions to the university, state, region or nation or within their field of endeavor.

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2009 Recipient

2008 Recipient

2007 Recipient

2006 Recipient

2005 Recipient

1999 Recipient

  • Noel P. Kefford, former College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources dean and author of the Industry Analysis System

1997 Recipients

  • George Chaplin, editor-in-chief of the Honolulu Advertiser for 26 years and honored by three nations for promoting better understanding between countries
  • Elmo Hardy, evolutionary biologist and world authority on big-headed flies important in agro-ecosystems
  • Hiroshi Tanaka, community advocate and education proponent instrumental in the development of UH Hilo
  • Mamoru Yamasaki, a staunch supporter of higher education during 33 years as a legislator
  • Wood Zimmerman, renowned entomologist on O‘ahu and a union activist on Maui

1996 Recipient

  • Gerald Sass, Freedom Forum executive supporting Asian studies fellowships at the University of Hawai‘i

1995 Recipients

  • Ernest Akamine, a UH plant physiologist who laid the foundation for handling tropical crops developed in Hawai‘i
  • Mackay Yanagisawa, the "shogun of Hawai‘i sports," a player, coach, manager, club owner and creator of the Hula Bowl Classic

1994 Recipient

  • Maya Angelou, a writer, educator, humanitarian and social activist hailed as one of the great figures in contemporary literature

Medal Recipient

Eliot Deutsch, headshot

Eliot Deutsch

Eliot Deutsch is an internationally renowned scholar. He has served as a visiting professor to Harvard, Chicago and Cambridge universities and visiting lecturer around the world. He has published 16 books, which have been translated into multiple European and Asian languages. In 2002, he was awarded the Degree of Vedanta Sudhara by the International Congress of Vedanta.

Deutsch joined the University of Hawai‘i faculty in 1967 and served as editor of Philosophy East and West. He helped create the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and served as its president. He also has been active in the American Philosophical Association, American and British Socieites for Aestehtics and the International Metaphysical Society. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other scholarly organizations.

The emeritus professor of philosophy has been an important participant in the university‘s East-West Philosophers Conference, held most recently in 2005.