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Award was established by Tadashi and Elizabeth Nakaeda Kunimoto to honor Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto, founders of Chikara Products, Inc., specializing in Hawai‘i’s foods, such as Aloha Tofu, Maui Natto, and Chikara Konnyaku.

The Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award will be awarded on alternate years; even years to a faculty member, and odd years to a student, who makes a significant contribution to career and technical education (CTE) in the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC).

Nominations are currently closed


Faculty or students with a service record in the UHCC CTE programs.



  1. Demonstrates commitment to CTE by investing time in teaching, counseling, or participating in activities and presentations, e.g., research, workshops, exhibits and related programs that enhance CTE in Hawai‘i.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of technological changes occurring in CTE and impact on current and future workforce in Hawai‘i.
  3. Provides leadership in promoting technological changes using media, networks, and other means of communication.
  4. Encourages students to conduct independent research in CTE.


  1. UHCC CTE student
  2. Demonstrates commitment to CTE by his/her leadership, enthusiasm, participation in independent research, reporting of research findings, involvement in student activities and willingness to take risks to make positive changes in the current and future workplace.

Award Schedule

The award is presented to a faculty member and student in alternate years.

2018 – 2019 – student
2019 – 2020 – faculty
2020 – 2021 – student
2021 – 2022 – faculty
2022 – 2023 – student
2023 – 2024 – faculty
2024 – 2025 – student
2025 – 2026 – faculty

Past Recipients

Jenny Kelly: Animal Science
Ingelia White