“Gopal” Gopalakrishnan is
a professor of oceanography at Honolulu Community College.
Students and peers praise his warm and caring personality,
deep commitment to community service, unfailing devotion to
teaching and fine sense of humor. While this award requires
at least 3 nominations, Gopalakrishnan received accolades from
37 individuals. He is greatly appreciated by the oceanography
program and the Honolulu CC family.
Gopalakrishnan has devoted 27 years to education after obtaining
his doctorate from the University of California’s Scripps
Institute of Oceanography. His classroom has been enhanced
by his direct insights, gained through extensive field experience.
Remodeling and technological modernization of his classroom
came through significant grants that Gopalakrishnan obtained.
He has shown consistent commitment and dedication to his students,
both within and outside the classroom. He has assisted many
of them in their various career choices. “This humble
man and exceptional teacher shares with students a keen knowledge
of and fascination with his discipline, engaging students and
inspiring them in their academic and career pursuits,” writes