28 March 2024

Outstanding Alumnus

Ken Kamiya of Kamiya Gold, Inc. is CTAHR’s 2023 recipient

Outstanding Alumnus

The 2023 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Alumnus goes to Ken Kamiya, founder of Kamiya Gold, Inc.

Since graduating from CTAHR in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Tropical Crop Production, Ken has shown a significant and lasting impact in the local papaya industry, applying his expertise in agriculture and knowledge in collaboration with CTAHR. He is an exemplary individual and we are proud he is our alumnus; his dedication to our college, the Hawaiʻi agriculture industry, economic vitality, and people is immeasurable. 

Ken was instrumental in utilizing his experience and connections to help the papaya industry survive the ringspot virus threat by working with CTAHR, the USDA, and Cornell University to develop a GMO papaya. His effort contributes to our food security, the nutrition of our kupuna, and our local economy.

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