Kent Kobayashi

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa associate horticulturist was recognized by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) for his significant work and contributions in the field of horticulture.

Kent Kobayashi of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS, is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award by HortTechnology, a primary publication of the ASHS. The award recognizes an individual whose reviewer skills, expertise in horticulture, and specific areas of research, instruction and extension are outstanding.

Kobayashi, who is also an American Society for Horticultural Science Fellow, splits his time between teaching, research and extension. His research efforts focus on light effects on plants, and he has mentored dozens of students throughout his tenure at UH Mānoa. Kobayashi has also offered tips on farming at home during the COVID-19 pandemic on his micro-hydroponics website.

“I am honored to receive this award from our national horticultural society,” said Kobayashi. “I am grateful to Dr. Richard Criley in our department whose expertise as a reviewer and editor has been a model for me throughout my career. I’m also glad to bring recognition to TPSS, CTAHR and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.”