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KCC Faculty Honored For Excellence in Teaching

Posted May 22, 2022, 4:00 PM HST ·Updated May 22, 1:26 PM

Several faculty members of the University of Hawaiʻi system recently received awards for their inspirational teaching, including two from Kaua‘i Community College.

Among the awards, 15 faculty members from throughout the state were honored with the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes faculty who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values beneficial to students.

Duke I. Lang, a carpentry instructor at KCC, was one of the recipients.

A Kaua‘i Community College instructor also won the Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education. The award honors outstanding achievement and significant contribution to vocational and technical education by a community college faculty member or student. It was established by family members to honor the namesakes’ role in development of the food industry in Hawai‘i.

Brian Yamamoto, a faculty member in the Natural Science Program at KCC, was this year’s winner.

“Our world-class faculty are the heart of UH,” UH President David Lassner said in a press release. “Every day, they inspire our students as they model excellence in scholarship and engagement both inside and outside of the classroom to improve lives across our islands.”