UH West O’ahu employee receives 2013 President's Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Jodi Leong, (808) 956-9437
Dir of Communications, External Affairs and University Relations
Posted: Dec 9, 2013

James “Kimo” Yamaguchi
James “Kimo” Yamaguchi

UH West O’ahu Facilities Manager James “Kimo” Yamaguchi has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance.  This award honors a UH employee who exhibits dedication and sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial, shop or trucking position.

Yamaguchi played a central role in planning and preparing the UH West O’ahu campus for its transition from Pearl City to Kapolei.  He met frequently with architects to discuss specific details of each building and he oversaw the installation of fixtures, equipment and furniture at the new campus.  Yamaguchi also worked closely with the interim library director to set up the UHWO library building, and with very little staff.

Yamaguchi is commended for juggling a variety of duties and big projects, working long hours and on weekends, yet remaining focused, professional and determined.

Now that UHWO is open and running smoothly, Yamaguchi has turned his attention to maintaining and landscaping the new campus.  His colleagues say his hard work, leadership and compassion for UHWO have resulted in a truly beautiful campus that inspires creativity, reflection, peace and a commitment to learning.

The President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance will be presented to Kimo Yamaguchi at the monthly meeting of the Board of Regents on February 20, 2014 at UH Mānoa.