University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2001
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095, University & Community Relations
|University of Hawaii Alumni Association Announces Its 2001 Distinguished Alumni Awards Honorees|
HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii Alumni Association will honor seven outstanding alumni at its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The honorees are:
Naleen Naupaka Andrade
Naleen Naupaka Andrade (BA '76, MD '82) is the chair of the John A. Burns School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. She manages 40 faculty members, develops strong psychiatric resident and medical education programs and brings in over $12 million in contracts and grants. Andrade tirelessly works to meet the health needs of native Hawaiians and was instrumental in convincing Congress to pass the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act. Her commitment to the community goes beyond her medical expertise. In 1979 she took a leave of absence from the medical school to organize and implement the restoration of Kahikolu Congressional Church in South Kona. She is also chair of the board of trustees at Queen's Medical Center and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is the recipient of numerous honors including UH Hilo's Distinguished Alumni Award, Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award, Na Pokii Hawaiian Scholars Award and the Best Doctors of the America-Pacific Region.
Jack S. Fritz
Jack S. Fritz (BA '73, JD '79) is speaker of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Congress. He was one of the first students from Micronesia to graduate from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law. Fritz represented the State of Chuuk in Congress for more than 20 years and has been its speaker for more than a decade. He plays a crucial role in guiding this young nation toward stability, political maturity and economic development. Fritz delivered his nation,s acceptance speech when FSM was admitted to the United Nations in 1991. A strong UH supporter, he actively encourages students from Micronesia to enroll at UH and supports the law school's efforts to provide special training and educational programs for the judges in Micronesia. He is a member of the Chuuk state, Pohnpei state and FSM Supreme Court Bar Associations and is the president of the FSM National Group for the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians, Union.
Haruyuki Kamemoto (BS '44, MS '47) is professor emeritus of the university's Department of Horticulture. Born and raised on a flower farm in Manoa, his early interest in flowers led to his bachelor,s, master,s and doctoral degrees. After receiving his PhD from Cornell, he returned to the UH Manoa horticulture department. His diligent research resulted in 34 seed-propagated dendrobium orchid varieties and 36 anthurium varieties, many of which have become industry standards. He has been cited for his work on tropical flowers, particularly his breakthrough research in dendrobium orchid breeding behavior. His orchid research also played a major role in taking Hawai`i's dendrobium industry from a $150,000 enterprise in 1970 to $15.4 million in 1997. Kamemoto received numerous honors including the Society of American Florists Hall of Fame, Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science, American Orchid Society Gold Medal of Achievement and the UH Regents, Medal for Excellence in Research.
Robert N. Katayama
Robert N. Katayama (BA '50) is president of Kapolei Holding Corporation. He served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. After graduating from Yale Law School, he entered the Judge Advocate General. During his army career he received 24 decorations and awards. After leaving the army, Katayama joined Baker and McKenzie, the nation's largest law firm. He later returned to Hawaii, where he joined Carlsmith Ball. Katayama has been listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the West. His volunteer activities mirror his professional accomplishments. His leadership positions include the 442nd Veterans Club, the Oahu AJA Veterans Club and the Japanese Cultural Center. Katayama is a longtime UH supporter and has served on the dean's advisory council of the law school, the Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board for Japanese Eyes, American Heart and the planning committee of Universal Values in a Democratic Society: Nisei Veteran Endowed Forum Series.
Lydia L. W. Tsui
Lydia L. W. Tsui (BBA '75) is president of Panda Travel, Inc., the largest wholesale travel company in Hawaii in sales, volume and market share. Her success in business is matched only by her success in the community. Tsui generated more than $100,000 for various community organizations, including the Hurricane Iniki Relief Fund and the McKinley High School Scholarship Fund. Her belief that communities are only as good as its citizens can be seen in her longtime support of Hawaii police officers. She served on the police commission and assisted in initiating neighborhood watch programs. She was recognized by the Honolulu chief of police for improving the quality of life in Chinatown. Her support of UH athletics is also well known. During the late 1990s when revenue, attendance and general support of athletics was at its lowest point, she supported UH marketing efforts to motivate the community to reconnect with the athletics program.
Edwin S. N. Wong
The late Edwin S. N. Wong (BA '51) was chair, president and chief operating officer of Waterhouse, Inc. During his successful business career, Wong never forgot his alma mater. As a longtime supporter of UH athletics, he and the late Alexander Waterhouse founded the official football booster club, Na Koa. Without Na Koa, athletics would have experienced shortfalls in many programs. Wong also served the University in other capacities - past chair of UH Foundation Board of Trustees, member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the School of Travel Industry Management, member of the University of Hawaii President's Club and life member of the UH Alumni Association. He was also an active community supporter. He served as chair of the Blood Bank of Hawaii, chair and life member of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai, chair and life member of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau and chair of the board of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
Kane S. Fernandez
In addition, a special UHAA President's Award will be presented the late Kane S. Fernandez (BBA '58). Fernandez and his family name are synonymous with family entertainment throughout the State of Hawaii. A lifelong businessman, showman, and community leader, Kane was the son of E.K. and Rose Fernandez, founders of the entertainment company best known for its carnivals. After graduating from Punahou School in 1954, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii. Following a four-and-a-half year stint in the United States Navy, he returned home to join the family business and eventually became the president and chief executive of Fernandez Entertainment, Inc. In 1976, he received the first Oo Award for Outstanding Hawaiian Businessman presented by the Hawaiian Business and Professional Association. In addition to his reputation as an astute businessman, he was involved in a number of civic activities and developed a reputation for his commitment to education and youth. Known to his friends as an avid fisherman, a world traveler, a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor, and a generous philanthropist, he had a strong commitment to educating generations of our state's children. He served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club, Hawaii Theatre Center, the Bishop Museum, Variety School and the University of Hawaii Foundation.
Tickets are still available for this event by calling 956-ALUM (2586). The cost is $60 per person or premium tables can be purchased for $1000, $2,000 and $3,000.
NOTE: Digital photos of the honorees are available. Please call Jim Manke