Maui student receives 2007 Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Arlene Abiang, (808) 956-5637
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jun 12, 2007

The University of Hawaiʻi has selected Maui Community College student Reese Lee as the recipient of the 2007 Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education. Established by family members to honor the namesakes‘ role in development of the food industry in Hawaiʻi, the award recognizes outstanding achievement and significant contribution to vocational and technical education by a community college faculty member or student.

Lee is praised for his dedication to self-improvement through education, hard work and community service. He recently completed an independent study curriculum in the Administration of Justice (AJ) program at Maui CC while at the same time working as a full-time Adults Corrections Officer.

Lee served as a role model for his fellow students at Maui Community College. He was instrumental in exposing the world of corrections to his classmates by organizing and leading them on tours of Maui Community Correctional Center. In addition, he worked closely with the AJ faculty to improve the curriculum and program by giving valuable feedback and advice.

Lee is also committed to giving back to his community. As a martial arts instructor, he teaches children on Maui to make better choices and the values of hard work and self-discipline through martial arts.

"Reese is a positive, can-do person who enjoys serving others," noted Maui CC Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto.