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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Fred Kalani Meinecke, headshot

Fred Kalani Meinecke

Fred Kalani Meinecke is an assistant professor of Hawaiian language at Windward Community College.

Known to his students as Kumu Kalani, his determination to keep the Hawaiian language alive is recognized by all of his students and peers alike.

He is said to “breathe life into the Hawaiian language through his personal and intimate knowledge of both culture and language.” His boldness offers his students a “greater sense of hope and pride.”

Meinecke has inspired many of his students to continue their education through graduate level work, and many have become teachers themselves.

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. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

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Loni Delaplane
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