The Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award was established by Tadashi and Elizabeth Kunimoto to honor the founders of Chikara Products, Inc., specializing in Hawaiʻi foods such as Aloha Tofu, Maui Natto and Chikara Konnyaku. This award is given in alternate years: on even years to a faculty member, and on odd years to a student, who makes a significant contribution to career and technical education in the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges.
Yamamoto, a Natural Science faculty for 40 years, developed and taught the first horticulture and agriculture courses at Kauaʻi CC. While teaching courses, Yamamoto manages projects such as ʻUlutopia, Hi!ag and Hawaiʻi Ag One that bring funds and recognition to the college. More importantly, these projects provide opportunities for students and community members to learn about culturally appropriate agriculture in a practical and engaging way.
His ability to collaborate with other organizations has fostered long-lasting partnerships that have benefited all who have engaged with Kauaʻi CC.
Yamamoto’s dedication embodies teaching, overseeing labs, mentoring students, collecting data, hosting international students and caring for indigenous plants on campus. His unwavering commitment to students, Kauaʻi CC and community has provided positive outcomes that will serve future generations to come.