The most valued and important resources of the University of Hawaiʻi are its employees. Here are some ways we provide recognition.

Service and Retirement Awards

Service awards shall be provided to eligible employees to commemorate anniversaries in 10 year increments of creditable service. Retirement awards shall be provided to a retiring employee who has completed 10 or more years of creditable service.

Emerita / Emeritus

The Emerita/Emeritus title is an honor bestowed to eligible retired faculty members in recognition of dedicated and honorable service to the University. Eligible retired vice presidents and chancellors may also be awarded this title for their exceptional contributions to the University, long and distinguished service, and recognition as distinguished leaders in their profession.

Board of Regents’ Awards

Information about the following awards can be found on the Board of Regents’ page

  • Regents’ Teaching Medal
  • Regents’ Research Medal
  • Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service
  • Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance
  • Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocation Education

Campus Awards

There are various awards unique to each campus. To learn about them, please contact your Human Resources office.

The Governor’s Awards for Distinguished State Service are part of the state’s employee recognition and incentive program that is administered by the State Department of Human Resources Development. The 3 awards – Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Team of the Year – are designed to honor the state’s executive branch employees and managers who exemplify the highest caliber of public service and dedication in serving the people of Hawai‘i. Nomination Procedures, Instructions and Criteria Nomination Forms:

Nomination period opens in October and closes in November.  Nominations should be submitted to the System Office of Human Resources by UH File Drop to, by fax to (808) 956-3952, or by mail to 2440 Campus Road, Administrative Services Building 2, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822.

Please contact Marilyn Ho in the Office of Human Resources at (808) 956-8988 or via e-mail at for any questions or require additional information.