28th Annual Banquet honors leaders and up-and-comers
CTAHR's 28th Annual Awards Banquet on May 6 will honor two men who have demonstrated innovative leadership and sustained commitment to Hawai‘i's agricultural industry and natural environment. Ernest Tottori, left, the chairman of HPC Foods Ind. and its iconic Taro Brand, will receive the 2016 Ka Lei Hano Award for his entrepreneurial vision. William Aila Jr. will receive the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award for environmental and cultural leadership through public service at two state agencies.
“Both men are invaluable resources to the college and to Hawai‘i,” says Maria Gallo, CTAHR dean and director for research and Cooperative Extension. “Ernest brings the voice of experience, both within the local food industry and as a member of the CTAHR Advisory Council. He demonstrates how to pair hard work with creative approaches to carry a family business successfully into the fourth generation,” she explained. “Bill Aila is the voice of advocacy, long active in efforts to preserve Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources through the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.”
In addition, the banquet will recognize Sen. Daniel Akaka for the work of the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests and the CTAHR Fashion Design and Merchandising program for the 50th anniversary of its Senior Fashion Show. It will also celebrate faculty, staff and student award honorees, as well as CTAHR scholarship students and the donors who make scholarships possible.
Read more about the awardees or view banquet registration information.
View photos from the 2015 banquet.