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2002 – 2003 Awardees

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The Bedell Award was established by WEF to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member association (i.e., HWEA). Criteria for this award include organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.

 

2002-2003 Bedell Awardee Lance ManabeThe 2002-2003 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell award isLance H. Manabe, who is currently a Project Engineer with the local consulting engineering firm Fukunaga & Associates, Inc.

Lance was born in Honolulu and graduated from Kailua High School in 1981. After high school, Lance attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1988. He began his engineering career as a Civil Engineer for Wilson Okamoto, where he was employed from 1988 to 1989. Since then he has also worked at the City & County of Honolulu and local consulting engineering company Engineering Concepts, Inc. Lance earned his Professional Engineer’s license in 1994.

Lance has been an active member of HWEA for several years. His service to the Association includes:

1995 -1996 Conference Committee Member
1996 -1997 Conference Committee Chair
1997 -1998 Conference Committee Member
1997 -1998 Newsletter Committee Member
1998 – 1999 HWEA Secretary-Treasurer
1999 – 2000 HWEA Vice President
2000 – 2001 HWEA President
2001 – 2002 HWEA Past President
2001 – present Collection System Committee Member

 

Lance received HWEA Service Awards in 1996-1997 and 2000-2001 for his continued involvement in HWEA. He was responsible for creating several of the T-shirt designs for our HWEA annual conferences. In 1995, his design received recognition from WEF for Member Association Best T-Shirt. In 2001, as a member of the Collection System Committee, he helped organize the first biennial collection system workshop. He has currently agreed to manage the Association’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5-S Chapter). He plans to re-energize this group by involving them in fundraising activities for the association.

Lance and his wife of eleven years, Dee, reside in Kaneohe. In addition to his role as a Civil Engineer, Lance has also been described as a Baker, Wedding Planner, and Game Master. If there is a social function in need of games, Lance is always there to provide the fun. Outside of the office, Lance is also an avid sports fan. His favorite sports are tennis, golf, and volleyball. He just loves anything to do with having fun.
Lance’s contributions to HWEA over the past years have been considerable and he brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the association. For these reasons, Lance is truly deserving of the WEF Bedell Award. Lance received his award from 2002 WEF President-Elect Larry Jaworski.

2003 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner

 

In April 2003, the Hawai‘i Water Environment Association (HWEA) chose Ms. Kiana L. Frank, a high school junior from Kamehameha Schools as the State SJWP winner at the 46th Hawai‘i State Science and Engineering Fair.  HWEA awarded Kiana a $250 prize and sponsored airfare for her and her parent to this year’s national competition.  The national competition was a three-day all expenses paid program that began on June 5 and ended with an awards presentation on June 7.   Aside from the academic pursuit of excellence, students were treated to a “Luau night” (complete with seashell center pieces, conga lines and limbo……limbo???), a dude ranch night (with horseback riding, line dancing, and campfires), and the final night included a medieval theme event.

In a ceremony held Saturday, June 7, Kiana was one of four finalists who competed for the national SJWP in Dallas, Texas.  Kiana was selected as a finalist from a pool of 37 state SJWP winners.  She received $500 for this national competition.

The national winner was Ms. Heather Mispagel, a Georgia High School student from Athens, Georgia who was awarded $2,500 and received an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the international competition.

Kiana’s project was entitled, “The Effect of Agricultural and Residential Runoff on the Microbiology of a Hawaiian Ahupua’a.”  Her project examined the relationship between environmental runoff and the incidence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria in freshwater streams.  You can click here to view her abstract in Adobe pdf format.  After returning to the islands from the national competition, Kiana stated, “The SJWP competition was very exciting and just an amazing experience.”  She even had an opportunity to dance the hula.  She further stated, “Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity.”

Below are some photos of Kiana’s at the national competition:

Photo of the 4 finalists (L-R):  Bjorn Von Euler (ITT), Kiana Frank (Hawai‘i), Vijay Yanamadala (California), Robert McMillon (WEF), Alexandria Hope Antonioli (Montana), Sean Raj (Texas), and Charles Sorber (University of Texas at Austin)

Kiana with her finalist award

Kiana accepting her finalist award

Kiana and her board

Kiana and her presentation board

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Kiana and friend Tyler at “Luau” night

1999 – 2000 Awardees

1999-2000 WEF ARTHUR SIDNEY BEDELL AWARDEE

The Bedell Award was established by WEF to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member association (i.e., HWEA). Criteria for this award include organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.

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1999-2000 Bedell Awardee Jimmy HonkeThe 1999-2000 HWEA recipient of the Bedell Award is James K. Honke of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Design and Construction. Jimmy was an officer in HWEA in the early 90’s and served as WEF Director from 1995 – 1998. Jimmy was also honored to serve on the WEF Executive Committee from 1998-1999. Jimmy was a frequent traveler to WEF meetings and did an outstanding job of keeping the HWEA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs up to date on WEF business. Jimmy also wrote a paper on the positive effects that the Clean Water Act had on the environment in Hawai‘i. Check it out by clicking here.

Jimmy graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and has worked at the City and County of Honolulu for 20 years. As both a consultant and City and County employee, he was influential in implementing projects such as the 301(h) waiver for the Sand Island and Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plants and improvements to the Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Jimmy and his wife, Karen have a son and a daughter and now are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren.
Much mahalos to Jimmy for all of his years of dedicated service to HWEA and the Water Environment Federation!  Click on the thumbnail image to see Jimmy receiving his award from 2000 WEF President Al Goodman at the HWEA conference banquet.

1999-2000 WEF WILLIAM D. HATFIELD AWARDEE

The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. Criteria for this award include: 1) preparation of reports that fulfill the information requirements of his or her superiors and provide useful suggestions for facility and operational improvements; 2) promotion of good public relations with the community; and 3) involvement in dissemination of information concerning advancements in the field.

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1999-2000 Hatfield Awardee Guy MoriguchiThe 1999-2000 recipient of the Hatfield Award is Guy Moriguchiof Aqua Engineers of Kaua‘i. Guy earned an Associates Degree in Automotive Mechanics from Kaua‘i Community College and shortly after started his career in water quality as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the County of Kaua‘i’s Wastewater Management Division in 1980. Guy worked for Kaua‘i County until 1994 and then took up employment with Aqua Engineers where he is currently employed as a Team Leader.  Guy not only is responsible for operations and management for two wastewater treatment plants but is also responsible for a drinking water system in South Kaua‘i. He is currently certified as a Grade 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, a Grade 2 Water Treatment Plant Operator and holds a Grade 1 Water Distribution license.

Guy has been active in HWEA, previously serving as the PWO Representative from 1995 to 1998. He has also served as an alternate on the Kaua‘i “Nitrifier” teams which participated in the national Operations Challenge at the annual WEFTEC conferences.  Guy has also been very active over the years in the Kaua‘i Operators Association (KOA).

Guy and his wife Alison are the proud parents of two daughters. Guy is a retired softball player who enjoys playing with cars by taking them apart and putting them back together again.  Hopefully, he doesn’t have any spare parts left over when he is done playing.
Congratulations Guy, and keep up the great work!  Click on the thumbnail image to see Guy receiving his award from 2000 WEF President Al Goodman at the HWEA conference banquet.

1999-2000 WEF LAB ANALYST EXCELLENCE AWARDEE

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The Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism, and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Criteria for this award include: 1) employment involving direct analytical responsibilities at an educational, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratory which performs wastewater related analysis 2) involvement in WEF/HWEA and other professional organizations; 3) outstanding efforts in the area of wastewater and environmental aquatic analyses; 4) involvement in community activities and public relations; 5) presentations at professional conferences, meetings, etc. relevant to water quality analysis; 6) professional certifications; 7) continuing education; 8) contributions beneficial to the nominee’s facility; and 9) unusual initiative or performance “beyond the call of duty.”

 

1999-2000 Lab Excellence Awardee Anita FernandezThe 1999-2000 recipient of the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award is Anita E. Fernandez of the County of Maui’s Wastewater Reclamation Division.  Anita earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of San Francisco.  She was hired as a Chemist by the County of Maui in 1990 and now holds the position of Laboratory Supervisor.  Among the more demanding responsibilities that Anita has includes: 1) Insuring that Maui County conducts seven day per week fecal coliform analysis on its reclaimed water to be in compliance with the State Department of Health’s water reuse guidelines, 2) Effluent nutrient testing to meet EPA requirements and to aid operators in process control, and 3) Participating in a split sample microbiology program to insure quality control at her laboratory.

Anita has been an active member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee since 1994 and currently serves as the committee’s Vice Chair.

Anita is married with two children and is considered an avid baseball fan as she is often seen supporting her husband’s softball team and her son’s baseball team (She actually belted a pinch hit triple for the Maui Turd Busters at last year’s PWO Softball Tournament on the Big Island!).  Anita also enjoys playing golf and hopes one day to be on the LPGA Tour (Laboratory Professional’s Golf Association).

Congratulations Anita on a job well done!  Click on the thumbnail image to see Anita receiving her award from 2000 WEF President Al Goodman at the HWEA conference banquet.

2000 – 2001 Awardees

2000-2001 WEF ARTHUR SIDNEY BEDELL AWARDEE

The Bedell Award was established by WEF to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a member association (i.e., HWEA). Criteria for this award include organizational leadership, administrative service, membership activity, stimulation of technical functions, or similar participation.

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Bedell Awardee Roy AbeThe 2000-2001 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell award is Roy K. Abe, who is currently a Vice President at the consulting engineering company, Hawai‘i Pacific Engineers. Roy was born in Honolulu and graduated from Kaimuki High School in 1975. After high school, Roy attended the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where in 1979 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He then attended graduate school and received a Master of Science degree in Sanitary Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. Roy began his engineering career as a Project Engineer for M & E Pacific, where he was employed from 1980 to 1987. Along the way, he earned his P.E. license and from 1987 to present has been with Hawai‘i Pacific Engineers.

Roy and his wife of six years, Amy, reside in Kaneohe. Roy’s favorite foods include potato chips and chocolate. During his free time which is extremely limited, he attends UH Warrior football games. Some day he hopes to fly his radio controlled airplane which he built but has never had the time to actually fly. Roy’s favorite televison shows are now only shown as re-runs. These shows include Seinfeld and Home Improvement. His favorite musical group, the Beach Boys, is also in the re-run mode.

Roy has been an active member of HWEA for several years. His service to the Association includes:

1992 HWEA Conference Committee Chair
1993 – 1995 HWEA Environmental Affairs Committee Chair
1995 – 1996 HWEA Secretary-Treasurer
1996 – 1997 HWEA Vice President
1997 – 1998 HWEA President
1998 – 1999 HWEA Past President
1998 – 2000 HWEA Public Education Committee Member
2000 – present HWEA Public Education Committee Vice Chair
2000 – present HWEA Collection System Committee Member

 

Roy has received HWEA Service Awards in 1990-91, 1995-96 and 1997-1998 for his continued involvement in HWEA. In 1993, Roy assisted with the start up of the Environmental Affairs Committee which later became the Government Affairs Committee. As the President of HWEA, Roy helped to create two new committees, the Safety Committee and the Research Committee. Roy has also prepared and submitted two EPA grant proposals. One was for the Water Reuse Video Public Outreach Project and the other was for the production of collection system public service announcements.
Roy’s contributions to HWEA over the past years have been considerable and he is always willing to put full effort into the task at hand. For these reasons, Roy is well deserving of the WEF Bedell Award.  Roy received his award from 2001 WEF President Jim Clark and 2000 HWEA President Steve Parabicoli.

2000-2001 WEF LAB ANALYST EXCELLENCE AWARDEE

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The Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism, and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Criteria for this award include: 1) employment involving direct analytical responsibilities at an educational, industrial, commercial, or municipal laboratory which performs wastewater related analysis 2) involvement in WEF/HWEA and other professional organizations; 3) outstanding efforts in the area of wastewater and environmental aquatic analyses; 4) involvement in community activities and public relations; 5) presentations at professional conferences, meetings, etc. relevant to water quality analysis; 6) professional certifications; 7) continuing education; 8) contributions beneficial to the nominee’s facility; and 9) unusual initiative or performance “beyond the call of duty.”

 

Lab Analyst Awardee Robert RychlinskiThe 2000-2001 recipient of the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award goes to Robert Rychlinski of the County of Maui.  Robert was born in Michigan in 1959 and moved to Hawai‘i when he was young. He graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology. Robert began his employment with the County of Maui as a Lab Technician in 1993. He was promoted to his current position of Sanitary Chemist III in 1995. Besides performing routine sampling and analysis, Robert has taken on responsibilities to improve the quality and accuracy of data obtained from laboratory analysis. He has developed a schedule of ongoing quality control testing of standards for chemical analysis and performs quality control testing on instruments and equipment. His contributions will help the County of Maui’s Central Wastewater Laboratory achieve accreditation and certification.

Robert has been a member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee since it was established in 1996. He has contributed procedures to help formulate the Standard Laboratory Analytical Procedure Manual which will help lab colleagues and wastewater operators with their daily process control. He has also developed a Quality Assurance Manual for Maui County’s Central Wastewater Laboratory and has shared it with members of HWEA’s Laboratory Committee. Robert also contributes his time as a judge in the laboratory event at the HWEA Conference Operator’s Challenge.

Robert routinely volunteers his time to help young intermediate students develop their science projects. He insists that the students learn the correct sampling and testing procedures which lead to accurate and precise data. By doing so, the students better understand the work they have accomplished and they typically continue and expand on their respective projects in subsequent years.

Robert, his wife Jarene and their three year old son Steven, reside in Pukalani. In his spare time, Robert enjoys raising tropical fish and diving. He also is an avid runner and participates in a number of road races such as the Hana Relay, Maui Marathon and the Haleakala Run to the Sun. Robert is also hockey fanatic and is a rabid fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

Robert is a diligent employee and laboratory professional who routinely goes beyond the call of duty while on the job. He is an excellent choice to receive the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award.  Robert received his award from 2000 HWEA President Steve Parabicoli.