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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Joni Onishi, headshot

Joni Onishi

Joni Onishi is a professor of accounting at Hawai‘i Community College. She challenges students to understand aCommunity Collegeounting concepts and learn to think independently by giving them the hands-on experience of setting up a mini-business in the classroom. Students hold Onishi in high regard. Her style of teaching, sincerity, pleasant disposition and consistent smile are magnets.

Onishi is constantly updating her curriculum and seeking out innovative ways to make the subject more relevant and interesting. Always willing to share her enthusiasm for education, she routinely visits high school classes to make students aware of the college’s programs. She is one of Hawai‘i Community College’s best ambassadors of higher education.

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