Hawaii Community College Student Named Recipient of 2003 Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial

Annual award recognizes an individual for outstanding contribution to career and technical education

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Aug 5, 2003

The University of Hawaiʻi has announced Renee Bell as the 2003 recipient of the Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Career and Technical Education.

Established by Tadashi and Elizabeth Nakaeda Kunimoto to honor their parents‘ role in development of the food industry in Hawaiʻi, the award recognizes a faculty member or student within the UH Community Colleges system for outstanding achievement and significant contribution to career and technical education.

Bell is a second-year student in the food services program at Hawaiʻi Community College. While she and her husband are both physically challenged, Bell maintains a positive attitude and is determined to succeed in whatever her goals may be, which currently include running her own restaurant.

Bell is willing to put out that little extra effort to succeed, and is not apprehensive about working and communicating with her instructors. She is well-liked by her peers, including one who was hearing impaired and in the same food services program. Bell offered her services as a note-taker to this individual, and even took a sign language class in the evenings to learn how to better communicate with her classmate. According to one of her professors, "she is a hard worker and conscientious studentů(who) with continued education and job experience, will become a success in her chosen field."

Bell will be recognized for her contributions to the community along with other UH award winners at a system-wide ceremony in October.