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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Kauka de Silva, headshot

Kauka de Silva

Kauka de Silva is a professor of art at Kapi‘olani Community College. He combines his talent, knowledge and patience to create a truly exceptional learning environment. ACommunity Collegeording to his students, de Silva is a unique teacher who creates a dynamic, warm, fun atmosphere for learning and experimentation.

A master and leader in his fields of ceramics and sculpture, de Silva is an inspiration. His students say that he is friendly, patient and positive, genuinely encouraging, and willingly gives his time to them. They add, "His ability to communicate inspires us to achieve our goals and some to pursue our studies in art." "Kauka has touched each of our lives. He is the essence of aloha."

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

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Kauka de Silva, headshot
Kauka de Silva
David A. Krupp, headshot
David A. Krupp
Lena Y.P. Low, headshot
Lena Y.P. Low
Paul Lyons, headshot
Paul Lyons
Joni Onishi, headshot
Joni Onishi
Mary C. Summers, headshot
Mary C. Summers
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David Yang