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Ralph Yoshioka, center, was presented the Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service by Board of Regents Acting Chair Wayne Higaki and UH President David Lassner.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ITS Telecom Analyst Ralph Yoshioka was recognized with the Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service. Yoshioka is a proud UH Mānoa alum who has worked at the university for 27 years.

Known as the “Voice of Mānoa,” Yoshioka’s name is synonymous with “telecom” on campus.

He is described as selfless, kind, humble and dedicated. He attends to a vast number of large and small telecom issues, helping everyone in a calm, patient and efficient manner.

Yoshioka’s best characteristic is his ability to treat all customers, and their problems, with utmost professionalism.

Here’s what his fans say:

  • “I can never tell if Ralph is busy or stressed because he always makes me feel like my problem is his number one priority.”
  • “He always makes me feel like I am the only important person that he serves.”

Here’s what many may not know—Yoshioka is also a longtime volunteer shuttle driver for Student Housing’s Mānoa Move-In, giving up his Statehood Day holiday to warmly welcome the campus’ new students.

“I have no doubt that Ralph will continue to offer amazing and unstinting service to UH, because that is just what Ralph does every day,” says a colleague.

The Willard Wilson Award is named in honor of Willard Wilson, longtime UH administrator and secretary to the Board of Regents, who set the standard for exemplary service to the university during his 40-year career.