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At left is Robert Yamane, Hawaiʻi CC professor with Hawaiʻi CC’s Anne Chung and Leeward CC’s Warren Kawano

Two University of Hawaiʻi community college professors have been honored for their outstanding contributions to education and advising in the field of business technology. Anne Chung, an assistant professor in business technology at Hawaiʻi Community College has been named the Hawaiʻi Business Education Association (HBEA) Educator of the Year. Business Technology Instructor Warren Kawano of Leeward Community College was honored with HBEA’s Outstanding Career and Technical Student Organization Advisor award. Both were presented with their award at the HBEA state conference in Honolulu on January 31.

More on Anne Chung

Anne Chung graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies, a minor in business administration, and a teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in 1993 as a high school teacher and worked for the Department of Education for 16 years. While teaching full time at the high school level, she earned her master’s degree in occupational studies from California State University at Long Beach.

Having taught at Hawaiʻi CC since 2009, she is a Gen VII Wo Learning Champion and a Gen VIII Community Colleges Leadership Champion, and in 2014 she received the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She is an active HBEA member and is currently the HBEA president. She has served as HBEA president-elect, vice president, awards committee chair and state conference chair. She also serves on the Western Business Education Association executive board and this year will serve on the association’s nominating committee.

Chung aims to challenge and inspire students to achieve their objectives by celebrating their successes while encouraging them to improve. Her teaching style encourages application of course content to real-world contexts to make the Hawaiʻi CC business technology program relevant and attractive to students and valuable to employers.

More on Warren Kawano

Warren Kawano has 10 years of teaching experience at the secondary and postsecondary level. He holds a bachelor of arts in business and marketing education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a master of business administration with a concentration in finance from Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

Kawano has taught at Leeward CC since 2008 as a part-time lecturer and full time since fall 2010. Prior to teaching at the college, Kawano was a high school business teacher and the director of the Academy of Finance at Waipahu High School from 2004 to 2010. He has advised the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)/Enactus Business Club at Leeward since starting full time in fall 2010. Since taking over the PBL/Enactus Business Club, he has increased membership from 6 to more than 30 and implemented many projects such as the Holiday and Spring Fairs, Dress for Success Clothing Drive, Interview and Professional Dress Workshops, the Student Business Competition and Career Dynamics Week at Leeward CC.

Kawano believes that student learning expands far beyond the classroom and that participation in clubs, projects and initiatives outside of the classroom are vital to a student’s personal and professional growth. The PBL/Enactus Business club aims to develop future leaders through projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for community members.