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Students at UH Mānoa

The people of Hawaiʻi have acknowledged the outstanding work done by numerous University of Hawaiʻi campuses, helping UH appear among the greatest in the state in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaiʻi’s People’s Choice “Best of” Awards, released on Sunday, August 16.

The 2020 honors include:

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A student from Windward CC‘s vet tech program.
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Art from Fiber Hawaiʻi 2020 showcased at Gallery ʻIolani.

“It’s gratifying and humbling to see multiple UH campuses recognized as the best by the readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser,” said UH President David Lassner. “This is a credit to our amazing and devoted faculty and staff who have adapted repeatedly to ensure UH continues to provide an excellent education for students during this unprecedented time. Public higher education has never been more critical to Hawaiʻi, and every one of our campuses has remained steadfast in our commitment to to support students of all ages and backgrounds throughout the islands achieve their hopes and dreams.”

The Hawaiʻi’s Best Awards are chosen each year by the readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This year’s publication featured more than 150 categories. Additionally, the 2020 Hawaiʻi’s Best Awards marks another consecutive year for UH Mānoa as the state’s Best College and Leeward CC’s sixth consecutive year of recognition in two categories.

“It is an honor for UH Mānoa to be recognized as the Best College by the people of Hawaiʻi,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “The campus is dedicated to being a Hawaiian place of learning to better support the community in every aspect possible. UH Mānoa has a creative and generous spirit, and I am proud of all the efforts made by our students, faculty and staff.”

“This selection of Windward CC‘s as Hawaiʻi’s Best in two categories and finalist in another recognizes the hard work and love our faculty and staff invest in our students, changing lives and inspiring excellence,” added Windward CC Chancellor Ardis Eschenberg. “Mahalo nui to the readers of Star-Advertiser for this award and to our students who make higher education relevant and meaningful.”

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From Leeward CC‘s production of “The Secret in the Wings.” From left, John R. Brajas, Jr., Jay Laeno, Margo Goriainov, Kira Moriguchi, Manuel Diaz, Skyla Clark and Sam Fukushima (Photo credit: Chelsea Yamashiro)
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