(from L to R): Seated: Ned Shultz, Mila M. Kaʻahanui, Dan Boylan Standing: UH West Oʻahu Alumni President Shannon Takai, David Hashida, Dean Hashida, Michael LaGory, Suzanne Casart, Jeannie Ohta, Richard LaGory, Carmen S.L. Earl, Gary Earl, Drizza Tabisola-Nuesca, Ezekiel Nuesca, Hayley Nuesca, Rodney Nuesca, Chancellor Maenette Benham, Director of Development and Alumni Engagement C. Kent Coarsey.

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu honored its pioneering graduates during its spring 2018 commencement ceremony, presenting them with a special medallion commemorating their graduation in 1977.

The six were celebrated as Nā Lehua ʻŪla Scholars and cited for their role in UH West Oʻahu history. The May 5 ceremony included two of UH West Oʻahu‘s original faculty, Dan Boylan and Ned Shultz, who presented Mila M. Kaʻahanui and the families of Miles Hashida, Richard LaGory and Eulogio Tabisola with the Nā Lehua ʻŪla medallion and certificate.

“This year, in partnership with the UH West Oʻahu Alumni Association, we are presenting a new recognition, Nā Lehua ʻŪla, awarded to distinguished graduates of the Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu who have, like the red lehua once common in the ʻEwa district, blossomed forth and become a source of both sustenance and beauty,” said UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Maenette Benham during the commencement ceremony.

“These individuals have contributed to and made an important impact in their community with the knowledge and skills gained through education at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu.”

Read more about the scholars at E Kamakani Hou. For more images, see the UH Alumni website.