28th Annual Banquet honors leaders and up-and-comers
CTAHR's 28th Annual Awards Banquet on May 6 honored Ernest Tottori, right, the chairman of HPC Foods Ind. and its iconic Taro Brand, with the 2016 Ka Lei Hano Award and William Aila Jr. with the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award for his public service at Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
“Both men have demonstrated innovative leadership and sustained commitment and are invaluable resources to the college and to Hawai‘i,” said 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. “Bill Aila is the voice of advocacy, long active in efforts to preserve Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources.”
The event also recognized 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 also celebrated faculty, staff and student award honorees, as well as CTAHR scholarship students and the donors who make scholarships possible.
Read more about the awardees and view photos from the evening.