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HWEA Receives Award from WEF


Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) received the prestigious Public Communication and Outreach Program Award, Member Association category, from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The award was presented during a ceremony at during the 89th WEFTEC® 2016, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition on September 24, 2016 in New Orleans, La. The event hosted thousands of global water quality experts and exhibiting companies at New Orleans Morial Convention Center from September 24-28, 2016.

Award Hall 2016

The WEF Public Communication & Outreach Program Award recognizes WEF members for significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues among the general public through the development and implementation of public education programs.

According to the WEF Public Communication & Outreach Program Awards subcommittee, “HWEA has done an impressive job of ramping up its public education programs in the past few years. They are actively promoting and participating in a variety of outreach and educational activities including field trips, school visits, and more. They have made extensive use of social media.”

“In recent years, HWEA has made a strong effort to increase the focus on public outreach and communication by increasing their participation in public expositions and community service events. While they work to stimulate public awareness through the public education committee, they also promote public outreach through 4 additional committees (Communication, Pretreatment, Student Activities & Young Professionals), allowing HWEA to provide a more effective approach to communicating with the public.” (WEF Leaders August Issue).

Public Outreach 2016

The Public Education Committee thanks everyone who has participated and supported these efforts over the years. Water professionals at HWEA hold an important job in the community protecting the environment and public health. As stewards of water resources, we should be proud of our different roles in the industry and seize opportunities to educate others on the value of water. It is our kuleana to help our family, friends and the community understand the collective impact that we all have on public infrastructure. Congratulations to the entire membership, let’s continue to spread the message and improve the program.

HWEA 2016 Award

Email public-education@hwea.org if you would like to join the committee or help at our next event. For more information on WEF Awards, see http://www.wef.org/awards/.

HWEA 5-S Chapter


Membership in the HWEA Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (also known as the “5-S Chapter”) is bestowed on individuals in recognition of outstanding service to the association or to WEF.  The original chapter was established in 1940 by theArizona Water and Pollution Control Association.  The idea was conceived by A.W. “Dusty” Miller and F. Carlyle Roberts, Jr. to recognize the fact that many members do not receive the coveted Bedell Award or become Association President, but nevertheless contribute in some outstanding measure to the affairs and success of an Association.

You CANNOT join the Society – you must be “selected” – on the basis of merit.  The HWEA Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers is one of many 5-S chapters established in member associations across the country, Canada, and Europe.  5-S members can be identified by a lapel pin of a golden shovel (pictured above) which must be worn by all members at official HWEA events.

The HWEA 5-S Chapter was established in 1982.  There are six basic criteria for qualification to membership in the HWEA 5-S Chapter:

  • Service to HWEA as President;
  • Service to HWEA as Annual Conference Chair;
  • Service to HWEA as National Director;
  • Recipient of either the William D. Hatfield or Arthur Sidney Bedell Award;
  • A “founding father” of HWEA; or
  • Outstanding contribution to HWEA or WEF

Click on the thumbnail on the left to see a larger image of the 2006 inductees into the HWEA 5-S Society.  All members of the HWEA Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers are listed below in chronological order.  Members with an asterisk (*) next to their name are former Presidents of HWEA.

NO.

MEMBER

YEAR
INSTALLED

1 William A. Bonnet * 1982
2 Michael J. Chun * 1982
3 Gordon L. Dugan * 1982
4 Christopher G. Hong * 1982
5 Maurice K. Kaya * 1982
6 Wally Miyahira 1982
7 Frank G. Stone, Jr. * 1982
8 Albert M. Tsuji * 1982
9 Vernon K. Yamamoto * 1982
10 Spencer Yim 1982
11 Reginald H.F. Young * 1982
12 Lawrence K. Agena * 1983
13 Clay Harrison 1983
14 Kenneth T. Ishizaki * 1983
15 James S. Kumagai * 1983
16 L. Steven Lau 1983
17 B.J. McMorrow* 1983
18 Martin McMorrow* 1983
19 Charles Saiki 1983
20 Ben Taguchi * 1983
21 Albert Q.Y. Tom * 1983
22 Robert Barletta 1984
23 Brian Gray 1984
24 Victor D. Moreland * 1984
25 David R. Yogi, Jr. * 1984
26 David B. Bills* 1986
27 Joe Hanna 1987
28 Lee A. Mansfield * 1987
29 Clement K. Souza * 1987
30 Horace Batezel * 1988
31 Dennis Tulang * 1988
32 Roger S. Fujioka * 1989
33 Ivan K. Nakatsuka * 1989
34 Robert Purdie, Jr. 1990
35 Jeff Howard 1991
36 Roy Abe * 1992
37 James K. Honke * 1992
38 Nick Musico 1993
39 Andrew L. Amuro 1994
40 Michael M. Miyahira 1994
41 Myron H. Nomura * 1994
42 Audrey Yokota 1994
43 Steven Y.K. Chang * 1995
44 Vijay Kumar 1995
45 Russell Okita 1995
46 Westley Chun 1996
47 Edith Eldeen 1996
48 June Nakamura 1996
49 Tina Marie C.D. Ono * 1996
50 Allen Perry 1996
51 Ian Kagimoto * 1997
52 Debra L. Leigh 1997
53 Lance Manabe * 1997
54 Peter Ono * 1997
55 Suzette Hokama 1998
56 Guy Moriguchi 1998
57 Linda Uchima 1998
58 Dina Ueoka Lau 1998
59 Walter Billingsley 1999
60 Leighton Lum * 1999
61 Pamela R. Tsugawa 1999
62 Lori Kajiwara * 2000
63 Kevin Nakamura 2000
64 Audrey Uyema Pak 2000
65 Leanne Watanabe 2001
66 Greg Chung 2001
67 Steve Parabicoli * 2002
68 Dwight Nakao 2002
69 John Katahira 2002
70 Tina Nakasone * 2003
71 Lisa Kimura 2003
72 Ian Arakaki 2003
73 Eassie Miller 2003
74 Anna Lee 2004
75 Paulette Chang 2004
76 Jon Kawamura 2004
77 Kristie Ching * 2005
78 Jay Stone 2005
79 Travis Hylton 2005
80 Greg Arakaki 2006
81 Dan Clark 2006
82 Wynn Miyamoto 2008
83 Dawn Barsana 2008
84 Shannon Holman 2009
85 Scott McAdam 2009
86 Lori Kahikina-Moniz 2010
87 Mark Goodrowe 2010
88 Lori Nishida 2011

Notes:
(1) * – Denotes Past President
(2) List Current as of March 2007

Award History

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1966-67 Nathan Burbank, Jr.
1969-70 Albert Tom
1975-76 James Kumagai
1978-79 Chris Hong
1981-82 Frank Stone, Jr.
1984-85 Spencer Yim
1987-88 Michael Chun
1989-90 Reginald Young
1992-93 Victor Moreland
1993-94 David Bills
1996-97 Lee Mansfield
1997-98 Dennis Tulang
1999-2000 James Honke
2000-2001 Roy Abe
2002-2003 Lance Manabe
2003-2004 Kenneth Ishizaki
2005-2006 Edie Eldeen
2006-2007 Eassie Miller
2008-2009 Lori Kaj Morikami

WEF WILLIAM D. HATFIELD AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1974-75 Howard Cue
1977-78 Galen Toyooka
1980-81 Charles Saiki
1983-84 Clement Souza
1986-87 Raymond Sugita
1990-91 Nicanor Musico
1992-93 Ian Kagimoto
1993-94 Allen Perry
1996-97 Kevin Nakamura
1997-98 Clifford Kiger
1999-2000 Guy Moriguchi
2003-2004 Richard Antonio
2006-2007 Solomon Naone

WEF LABORATORY ANALYST EXCELLENCE AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1996-97 Xijin Zhang
1997-98 Barney Asato
1998-99 Lourdes Vazquez
1999-2000 Anita Fernandez
2000-2001 Robert Rychlinkski
2003-2004 Terrence Tanaka
2005-2006 Merlita Empeno Cabuantan
2007-2008 Jacqueline “Snookie” Mello

WEF LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1963-64 B.J. McMorrow
1963-64 Shinji Soneda
1963-64 Albert Tom
1997-98 Charles Zickafoose
2000-2001 Chris Hong
2002-2003 Chew Lun Lau
2002-2003 Reginald Young

HWEA QUARTER CENTURY OPERATORS CLUB

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
2003-2004 Christopher Hong

HWEA OPERATIONS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1997-98 David Yamada

HWEA BILL HONG OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1995-96 Kevin Nakamura
1997-98 Herman Tomboc

HWEA OPERATIONS INCENTIVE AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1993-94 Clifford Kiger
1993-94 Edie Eldeen
1993-94 Kevin Nakamura
1994-95 Gary Carlino
1994-95 Valton Nakea
1994-95 Robby Robinson
1995-96 Cesar Arucan
1995-96 Dennis Yamaguchi
1996-97 Terry Onizuka
1996-97 Ed Torres

HWEA OPERATIONS CHALLENGE WINNERS

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1994-95 Hawaii
1995-96 Hawaii
1996-97 Kauai
1997-98 Kauai
1998-99 Kauai
1999-2000 Kauai
2000-2001 Hawaii
2001-2002 Team Aqua
2002-2003 Maui
2003-2004 Maui
2004-2005 Maui
2005-2006 Maui

HWEA APPRECIATION AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1995-96 Lori Kajiwara
1995-96 Linda Uchima
1996-97 Narendra Bagade
1996-97 Walter Billingsley
1996-97 Kristie Ching
1996-97 Suzette Hokama
1996-97 Jay Stone
1996-97 Pamela Tsugawa
1996-97 Dina Ueoka Lau
1996-97 Tina Nakasone
1997-98 Anita Fernandez
1997-98 Myron Honda
1997-98 Robert Rychlinski
1997-98 Lourdes Vazquez
1997-98 Leanne Watanabe
1998-99 John Harrison
1998-99 Kyle Yukumoto
1998-99 Ken Kawahara
1998-99 Kevin Mori
1998-99 Cheryl Kaneshiro
1998-99 Lesley Toyota
1998-99 Grant Moriwaki
1998-99 Royce Fukunaga
1998-99 Ann Tsuhako
1998-99 Anita Fernandez
1998-99 Robert Rychlinski
1998-99 Greg Chung
1998-99 Jay Stone
1998-99 Leanne Watanabe
1999-2000 Tom Myers
1999-2000 Mike Nishimura
1999-2000 Anna Lee
1999-2000 Leland Lee
1999-2000 Cindy Masuoka
1999-2000 Craig Chung
1999-2000 Wade Thode
1999-2000 David Yamada
1999-2000 Kevin Kashimoto
1999-2000 Travis Hylton
2000-2001 Paul Arita
2000-2001 Jay Hamai
2000-2001 Debra Ikeno
2000-2001 Lynn Katahara
2000-2001 John Katahira
2000-2001 Ayako Kawabata
2000-2001 Jason Lau
2000-2001 Sheryl Nojima
2001-2002 Ian Arakaki
2001-2002 Mark Goodrowe
2001-2002 Dwight Ho
2001-2002 Lisa Kimura
2001-2002 Lori Kajiwara
2001-2002 Jon Kawamura
2001-2002 Woodie Muirhead
2001-2002 Michael Nishimura
2001-2002 Kyle Okino
2001-2002 Jeff Rebugio
2001-2002 Kris Swanson
2001-2002 Gayle Takasaki
2001-2002 Linda Uchima
2002-2003 Roger Aoki
2002-2003 Paul Arita
2002-2003 Paulette Chang
2002-2003 Robin Hirano
2002-2003 Jimmy Honke
2002-2003 Debra Ikeno
2002-2003 Ayako Kawabata
2002-2003 Jon Kawamura
2002-2003 Garrett Leong
2002-2003 Reef Migita
2002-2003 Randall Shimoda
2002-2003 Doug Yamamoto
2002-2003 Ryan Yamauchi
2004-2005 Greg Arakaki
2004-2005 Richard Harada
2004-2005 Taryn Takiguchi
2004-2005 Anita Fernandez
2004-2005 Lourdes Vazquez
2004-2005 Lyle Shizumura
2004-2005 Merlita Empeno
2006-2007 Dennis Tulang
2006-2007 Lori “Kaj” Morikami
2006-2007 Joel Frenzel
2006-2007 Sheldon Hunt
2006-2007 David Nagamine
2006-2007 Linda Hijirida
2006-2007 Cheryl Kaneshiro-Takeuchi
2006-2007 Linda Uchima
2006-2007 Freddie Leonor
2006-2007 Andrew Amuro
2006-2007 Wynn Miyamoto
2006-2007 Julie Yamato
2006-2007 Tina Sprague
2006-2007 Denis Lau
2006-2007 Theo Leong
2006-2007 Brooke Webber
2006-2007 Lianna Chang
2006-2007 Lauren Ishima

HWEA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1993-94 Victor Moreland
1993-94 Bruce Roll
1994-95 Cory Waki
1994-95 Geeta Rijal
1995-96 Jennifer Eng
1995-96 Matthew Nunogawa
1995-96 Muruleedhara Byapanahalli
1996-97 Muruleedhara Byapanahalli
1997-98 Reid Takamiya
2000-2001 Lara Hutto
2001-2002 Sumon Kanpirom
2002-2003 Reid Nishimura
2002-2003 Tieshi Huang
2003-2004 Kiana Frank
2003-2004 Derek Takahashi
2004-2005 Jandi Iha
2004-2005 Carol Matasci
2005-2006 Logan Lee

HWEA SERVICE AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1963-64 Francis Aona
1964-65 B.J. McMorrow
1965-66 Albert Tom
1965-66 Franklin Sunn
1966-67 Christopher Hong
1967-68 Russell Smith, Jr.
1968-69 Nathan Burbank, Jr.
1968-69 B.J. McMorrow
1969-70 Ben Taguchi
1970-71 Albert Tsuji
1971-72 Frank Stone, Jr.
1971-72 Clay Miller
1972-73 Reginald Young
1973-74 James Kumagai
1974-75 David Holmes
1974-75 Francis Aona
1975-76 Harold Herras
1976-77 Kenneth lshizaki
1977-78 Lawrence Agena
1977-78 Christopher Hong
1978-79 Michael Chun
1978-79 Nathan Burbank, Jr.
1979-80 Martin McMorrow
1980-81 Vernon Yamamoto
1980-81 Reginald Young
1981-82 Gordon Dugan
1982-83 William Bonnet
1983-84 Maurice Kaya
1983-84 Wallace Miyahira
1984-85 David Bills
1985-86 David Yogi, Jr.
1986-87 Clement Souza
1986-87 Michael Chun
1987-88 Dennis Tulang
1988-89 Roger Fujioka
1989-90 Victor Moreland
1989-90 David Bills
1989-90 Eassie Miller
1989-90 Ian Kagimoto
1990-91 Lee Mansfield
1990-91 Roy Abe
1990-91 Tina DeJesus
1991-92 James Honke
1992-93 Myron Nomura
1992-93 Dennis Tulang
1992-93 Edie Eldeen
1992-93 Joe Padron
1994-95 Ivan Nakatsuka
1994-95 Steve Chang
1995-96 Joe Padron
1995-96 Dennis Tulang
1995-96 Lee Mansfield
1995-96 Allen Perry
1995-96 Roy Abe
1995-96 Victor Moreland
1995-96 Westley Chun
1995-96 June Nakamura
1995-96 Tina Ono
1996-97 Ian Kagimoto
1996-97 Lance Manabe
1996-97 Peter Ono
1996-97 Myron Nomura
1996-97 Russell Okita
1997-98 Roy Abe
1997-98 Edie Eldeen
1997-98 Suzette Hokama
1997-98 Dina Ueoka Lau
1997-98 Michael Lau
1997-98 Guy Moriguchi
1998-99 Leighton Lum
1998-99 Tessa Ching
1998-99 Steve Parabicoli
1998-99 Walter Billingsley
1998-99 Pamela Tsugawa
1999-2000 Allen Perry
1999-2000 Lori Kajiwara
1999-2000 David Nagamine
1999-2000 Tina Nakasone
1999-2000 Audrey Uyema Pak
1999-2000 Kevin Nakamura
1999-2000 Lee Mansfield
1999-2000 Grant Moriwaki
1999-2000 P.Y. Yang
2000-2001 Lance Manabe
2000-2001 Greg Chung
2000-2001 Leanne Watanabe
2001-2002 John Katahira
2001-2002 Dwight Nakao
2001-2002 Steve Parabicoli
2001-2002 Ivan Nakatsuka
2001-2002 Dan Peters
2001-2002 Victor Moreland
2002-2003 Ian Arakaki
2002-2003 Lisa Kimura
2002-2003 Matthew Louis
2002-2003 Joe Padron
2002-2003 Jimmy Honke
2002-2003 Dennis Tulang
2002-2003 Tina Nakasone
2003-2004 Peter Ono
2003-2004 Jon Kawamura
2003-2004 Paulette Chang
2003-2004 Anna Lee (2)
2003-2004 Roy Abe
2004-2005 Kristie Ching
2004-2005 Jon Nishimura
2004-2005 Roy Abe
2004-2005 Ann Tsuhako
2004-2005 Randall Shimoda
2004-2005 Elson Gushiken
2004-2005 Jay Stone
2004-2005 Travis Hylton
2004-2005 Kenneth Ishizaki
2005-2006 Dwight Nakao
2005-2006 Edie Eldeen
2005-2006 Dan Clark

HWEA 25-30 YEAR MEMBERSHIP AWARDEES

Fiscal Year Awarded Recipient
1993-94 B.J. McMorrow
1994-95 Lawrence Agena
1994-95 Francis Aona
1994-95 Yasuo Arakaki
1994-95 Michael Chun
1994-95 Gordon Dugan
1994-95 Christopher Hong
1994-95 James Kumagai
1994-95 Robert Purdie, Sr.
1994-95 Reginald Young
1994-95 Charles Zickafoose
1994-95 Hiromi Okuda
1995-96 Kenneth Ishizaki
1995-96 Brian Gray
1995-96 Thomas Fujiwara
1995-96 Wayne Hashiro
1995-96 James Honke
1995-96 Maurice Kaya
1995-96 Chew Lau
1995-96 Edward Lau
1995-96 Robert Lau
1995-96 Kenneth Masatsugu
1995-96 Kay Muranaka
1995-96 Jerry Nunogawa
1995-96 Ben Taguchi
1995-96 Walter Takeuchi
1995-96 Ben Tanaka
1995-96 Ping Yi Yang
1995-96 Vernon Yamamoto
1995-96 Stanley Young
1995-96 Po Chan
1996-97 Foo Lim
1996-97 Victor Moreland
1996-97 Calvin Kim
1996-97 Randolph Distajo
1996-97 Robert Ishida
1996-97 John Ishikawa
1997-98 William Bonnet
1997-98 Royce Fukunaga
1997-98 Gordon Goeas
1997-98 Dennis Kaneshiro
1997-98 Hans-Jurgen Krock
1997-98 Myron Nomura
1998-99 Gordon Dugan
1999-2000 Leighton Lum
1999-2000 Cedric Takemoto
1999-2000 Earl Ng
1999-2000 Ivan Nakatsuka
1999-2000 Douglas Gomes
1999-2000 Steven Chang
2000-2001 Dennis Tulang
2000-2001 Denis Lau
2000-2001 Dave Yogi
2001-2002 Steven Saturno
2001-2002 Leland Lee
2001-2002 Cary Kondo
2001-2002 Clement Souza
2002-2003 Edie Eldeen
2002-2003 Glenn Hirano
2002-2003 Dominick Marino
2002-2003 David Nagamine
2002-2003 Jon Nishimura
2002-2003 Kenneth Sakai
2002-2003 Dale Takanishi
2002-2003 Kenneth Tenno
2003-2004 Jay Hamai
2004-2005 Robert Spetich
2004-2005 David Bills
2005-2006 Roy Abe
2005-2006 Francis Hino
2005-2006 L. Stephen Lau
2005-2006 Eassie Miller
2005-2006 Harry Muranaka
2005-2006 Sheryl Nojima
2005-2006 Robert Purdie
2005-2006 Karen Sumida
2005-2006 Bert Yamamoto
2005-2006 Lambert Yamashita
2008-2009 Gerald Yoshimoto
2008-2009 George Oliva
2008-2009 Dan Taira
2009-2010 Stephen Green
2009-2010 Steven Parabicoli
2009-2010 Howard Ikeda
2009-2010 Warren Kersten
2010-2011 Douglas Yamamoto
2010-2011 Guy Moriguchi
2010-2011 Peter Ono
2010-2011 Lee Mansfield
2011-2012 Zachary Asato
2011-2012 Wayne White
2011-2012 Westley Chun
2011-2012 Paul Scott
2011-2012 Craig Arakaki
2011-2012 Gary Okamura
2012-2013 Joseph Sagnis
2012-2013 Wayne Salas
2012-2013 Calvin Ota
2012-2013 Alden Abe
2012-2013 Cyril Hamada

2006 Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award

 


2005 Lab Analyst

The 2005-2006 recipient of the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award goes to Merlita Cabauatan of the City & County of Honolulu. Merlita is currently a Sanitary Chemist I assigned to the Leeward Region, primarily at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant. Merlita is essentially in charge of performing all process control analyses required by operations to make process control adjustments. Her pleasing personality and hard working attitude have gained her the respect and full cooperation of the operations and maintenance staff. Merlita also works with City environmental engineers from her division to perform special projects not only for the Honouliuli WWTP, but for the Department as a whole. Because of her willingness to accept jobs, she has become a valuable asset to the organization. She has also served in the facilities safety committee program, and annually serves as one of the instructors in teaching the mandatory Sexual Harassment class.

Merlita is an active member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee, and volunteers her time to organize the laboratory event at the annual Operations Challenge by gathering equipment and supplies necessary for the event. She has also participated as a member of the Honouliuli Operations Challenge team, and has helped to coach the team. She has also participated in past conference presentations, demonstrating laboratory analysis techniques.

Merlita has been very active in various community activities over the years. She serves as committee chair for the Cub Scout Pack 136, which administers and supervises cub scout leaders. She is responsible for all administrative activities necessary to keep the organization functional, including registration, social functions, accounting, classes and fund raising. She has also been very active in her parish, contributing her time to decorate the altar every Sunday. Merlita has also been a PTA member, volunteering for activities such as fund raising, field trip chaperon, social activities, classroom helper, library inventory volunteer, and serving as a driver to transport kids to various educational activities.

Merlita also has a brown belt in karate. Part of her activity besides teaching white belt students is to get involved in humanitarian projects like collecting canned goods for the homeless and donating to the food bank. She also helps coordinate and organize school karate tournaments, such as assembling trophies and keeping score. She has participated in tournaments both locally and on the mainland. As if a day has 48 hours, Merlita also dances hula on weekends and performs free at various venues when requested!

Merlita’s accurate and timely laboratory results have contributed greatly in the efficient and effective operation of the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant. Her willingness to share her knowledge and go “beyond the call of duty” is to be commended. We congratulate Merlita Cabauatan, recipient of the 2005 – 2006 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award.

2006 Arthur Sidney Bedell Award

 

2005 Bedell

The 2005-2006 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell award is Edie Eldeen, who is employed with the City & County of Honolulu’s Department Environmental Services, Regulatory Control Branch. Edie has been a member of WEF since 1978 and has served previously as HWEA Membership Chair (1990 to 1996) and as HWEA Conference Co-Chair (2006). Prior to moving to Hawaii, Edie was also very active in the Iowa Water Environment Association.

In Iowa, Edie planned and facilitated 6 semi-annual 2-day seminars for water and wastewater operators in 1979 to 1988 and actively participated in seminars sponsored by the Iowa State University and Iowa University. She was a founding member of the Iowa Wastewater Laboratory certification program and holds certification in both water and wastewater operations in Iowa.

She is a member of the WEF Membership Committee and also a member of the WEF Membership Diamond Club since 1995, sponsoring over 125 new members. She served on the first national Operations Challenge team for Iowa. She has also served as a Operations Challenge laboratory event judge at the WEFTEC held in Kansas City. Edie has also volunteered much of her time to facilitate and promote HWEA and the wastewater treatment field in Hawaii.

Edie has an extensive background in wastewater treatment plant operations. Prior to coming to Hawaii in 1988, Edie worked over 10 years at several wastewater treatment plants in Iowa in supervisory capacities, including an industrial wastewater treatment facility. At many of the facilities, she was the direct responsible charge for the day to day operations of the plants.

Edie has been employed by the City & County of Honolulu since 1988. From 1988 to 1992, she has worked as a Grade IV Operator at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, operating the multiple hearth furnace. From 1992 to 1999, she served as a Supervisor III assigned to the Wahiawa Wastewater Treatment Plant. There, she was not only responsible for the Wahiawa WWTP, but also the Whitmore Village Pretreatment Facility, Mililani Pretreatment Facility and nine employees. Duties included operations and maintenance of the facilities under a State of Hawaii Consent Decree. She also assisted in the pre-construction phase of the plant upgrade, perform public education tours and talks, trained new employees, wrote reports, conducted compliance monitoring, sampling, laboratory testing, procurement of supplies, grounds maintenance, and plant security. During this span of time, the plant received operational compliance awards each year.

Edie is currently the responsible charge of the City’s Liquid Waste Hauler Program. Her current duties include permitting, enforcement, compliance monitoring discharge sites, sampling, compliance monitoring of hauler submitted discharge reports, report writing, investigation work, maintenance of six individual databases, public education, forms design, hauler discharge billings pretreatment device inspection and enforcement, user permit program assistance, and procurement.

Edie’s contributions to HWEA and the water environment field have been considerable and she is always willing to put forth effort to educate people about the field. For these reasons, we congratulate Edie Eldeen as the 2005 – 2006 recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.

2003 – 2004 Awardees

2003-2004 WEF ARTHUR SIDNEY BEDELL AWARDEE

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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.

The 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award is Kenneth T. Ishizaki, Vice President of the consulting engineering company Engineering Concepts, Inc. Ken joined the Hawaii Water Pollution Control Association (HWPCA) in 1968, just six years after its founding. If you asked him why he joined the HWPCA, his answer will be that as one of the very few students enrolled in the University of Hawaii sanitary engineering graduate school program, it was bestowed upon the students as a perk. In those early days when slide rules ruled and handheld calculators were still a distant dream, very few civil engineering graduates enlisted in the master’s degree program of this particular specialty field. Since then, Ken has been a mainstay of the association, experiencing the name change of the organization to the present Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) and the profound growth of the organization’s membership. He served the association as HWPCA Secretary-Treasurer in 1974, and in ensuing years went on to serve as Vice-President, President and finally Past-President in 1978. Of the distinguished 73 sanitary professionals in Hawaii who hold the coveted Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5-S) keepsake that recognizes service to the organization and the community, Ken is chronologically numbered as the fourteenth inductee, which took place in 1983.

Ken has continued to be active in the association and the water environment field. He has served on the State of Hawaii Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Most notably, he has been a member on the HWEA Water Reuse Committee since it was formed in the early 1990s. Throughout the years, this committee has served as an advisory body to the Hawaii State Department of Health (SDOH), with an aim to promulgate practical standards for the recycling of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes in Hawaii.  In its most recent revisions to its Reuse Guidelines, the SDOH relaxed some of their requirements, finally recognizing the position that the Reuse Committee has long advocated – reuse of wastewater, done properly, is a safe and beneficial practice. Currently, Ken is serving as HWEA’s National Director on the Water Environment Federation (WEF) House of Delegates for the 2002 to 2004 term.

Ken’s contributions to HWEA and the environmental profession has been considerable during his more than 38 years as a consulting engineer. For his spirited and sustained service to the organization, we congratulate Kenneth T. Ishizaki as the 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.  You can click here or on the thumbnail image above to view Ken accepting his award from WEF Past-President Robert McMillan.

2003-2004 WEF WILLIAM D. HATFIELD AWARD

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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.

The recipient of the 2003-2004 WEF William F. Hatfield Award is Richard Antonio, Plant Manager with the South Kohala Wastewater Corporation. Richard has been with the South Kohala Wastewater Corporation plant manager since 1996. Previous to his present position, Richard was employed for nearly 30 years with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

In his role as Plant Manager, Richard is constantly in contact with the public, homeowners, contractors, hotel employees, hotel guests and government officials. His role is to ensure that not only all regulatory requirements are met but also that the company’s relationship with the various parties are kept in good standing. His knowledge of the industry and it’s relationships with the public sector are well understood and he has always been very supportive and helpful in his approach with the public.

Richard is meticulous in his documentation of what occurs in his facility, which includes the collection system and pump stations. He has a wealth of information (both documented and anecdotal knowledge) of the initial construction and progress of the wastewater infrastructure that is invaluable in providing information for improvements to the existing system as well as having a tremendous grasp of ways to improve the system. Richard is constantly looking for ways to improve the performance of the systems in a cost-efficient manner.

Richard is a Grade 2 Operator and supervises 3 employees who are extremely effective in maintaining and operating their wastewater system. His management skills are exceptional and are evident in the respect that his team gives him and the operation and overall condition of the facility. As a manager, implementation through subordinates and managing them as a team is the key to long-term and lasting success.

Richard’s strength lies in his ability to successfully go from the nuts and bolts of running a treatment facility to managing a staff that runs the facility. He has outfitted the South Kohala Wastewater System with a team of journey level people, including a journeyman electrician, plumber, welder, and a certified mechanic. With this team, he is able to deal with 90% of all work in-house, which is very cost-effective. He is very effective in matching the skills and strengths of the person to the job. He is also very committed to providing his team the flexibility to solve problems as a team and supporting that approach.

Throughout his career, Richard has always exemplified the true meaning of a Professional Wastewater Operator, and for this we congratulate Richard Antonio as the 2003 – 2004 recipient of the WEF William F. Hatfield Award.  You can click here or on the thumbnail image above to see Richard accepting his award from WEF Past-President Robert McMillan.

2003-2004 WEF LAB ANALYST EXCELLENCE AWARD

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

terrence_tanakawastewater 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.”

The recipient of the 2003 – 2004 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award isTerrence O. Tanaka, a Sanitary Chemist III with the County of Hawaii. Terrence has over 20 years of experience in the laboratory analyst profession. Terrence has been a member of WEF since 1995, and has been a member of the HWEA Laboratory Committee since it’s inception in 1996. He served as an Operations Challenge laboratory event judge in 1998, and also participated in the Operations Challenge as a member of the Hawaii County teams in 1995 and 1996 that went on to compete at the National WEF Operations Challenges in Miami and Dallas.

Terrence has served as an instructor for the State Training Center, teaching beginning and advanced level laboratory courses. He has provided valuable input for a comprehensive Facility Evaluation for the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant, including plant optimization and sulfide testing within the collection system.

He is dedicated to his profession, exemplified by his efforts to work on holidays, days off, and during emergency spills for the DOH. Terrence is the only person who does the NPDES compliance reporting for three Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plants, and operates the process control lab for two of the plants. He has continually educated the wastewater plant operators whenever they have had questions.

Over the last 20 years, Terrence has made many contributions to the Laboratory Analyst field and to HWEA. We congratulate Terrence O. Tanaka, recipient of the 2003 – 2004 WEF Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award.

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.