Chancellor Hinshaw honors Nakamura, Yoshida and Magno for Outstanding Service on UH Mānoa staff

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Diane Chang, (808) 956-0391
Office of the Chancellor
Posted: Jul 27, 2009

HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI — UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw has bestowed 2009 Chancellor‘s Awards for Outstanding Service on Gwen Nakamura, Stan Yoshida and Angel Magno. The annual award recognizes UH Mānoa staff members who demonstrate outstanding work performance, service and leadership. Criteria include record of competence and efficiency, exceptional contribution in the attainment of program objectives, creative solutions to difficult problems, and integrity and dedication to the mission of a program.

Said Chancellor Hinshaw, "These folks are truly great in what they do for UH Mānoa and how they do it. We are blessed to benefit from their many contributions—they really knowing how to knock the ʻt‘ off the word ʻcan‘t‘! Mahalo for being part of our UH Mānoa ʻohana."

Nakamura, UH Mānoa‘s assistant band director, also serves as assistant director of the marching band and director of the concert band. Working at UH Mānoa for over 18 years, the dedicated teacher writes shows for the marching band, serves as conductor of the pep band at events, and imparts values to students such as teamwork, self discipline, personal accountability and showmanship. Her dedication to the University, and its athletics programs, has prompted some to recognize her as the Warriors‘ No. 1 fan, as she enthusiastically energizes band and audience members with her dance moves, tambourine playing and game attire, including her signature balloon hat.

Yoshida is UH Mānoa‘s working supervisor-janitor with Buildings and Grounds Maintenance, serving the campus for the past six years. Described as a dedicated and respectful worker, he often lends a hand during staff shortages or particularly arduous jobs such as stripping or waxing floors. Under his leadership, he and his team have made it a priority to further the level of service and work quality of those they serve—including highly utilized buildings such as Marine Sciences, Kennedy Theatre, Watanabe Hall and the University Health Services clinic.

Magno is an agricultural research technician-farm Foreman with UH Mānoa‘s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). He is responsible for the management of a team that implements field experiments and collects research data in Hawaiʻi County, and does his job exceptionally well. With 27 years of service, his leadership on the farm—and his dedication to the county and agriculture industry through education and training—are respected and appreciated. He applies his problem-solving and technical skills to repair and maintain farm equipment and facilities to better serve the community, efforts that have reduced operational costs.

Nakamura, Yoshida and Magno will be recognized for their achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony to be held September 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information on the awards ceremony, visit

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Mānoa students matriculate in an enrichment environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit