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Kenneth Otagaki selected as 2005 CTAHR outstanding alumnus

Otagaki and other CTAHR award recipients to be honored at 17th annual awards banquet

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Merrissa Uchimura, (808) 956-6016
Kristen Bonilla, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Mar 24, 2005

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) presents its 17th Annual Awards Banquet, "Growing Together: A Celebration of Learning and Community," on Thursday, April 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village‘s Coral Ballrooms.

The annual awards banquet is a celebration of the excellence and accomplishments of the college‘s students, faculty, staff and alumni.

This year, CTAHR honors Dr. Kenneth Otagaki as its Outstanding Alumnus. Otagaki studied animal science at UH and received his bachelor‘s degree in 1940. His contributions to Hawaiʻi agriculture span six decades and reveal his remarkable foresight. He was an early and outspoken advocate for agricultural diversification, and he worked to protect green space and conserve agricultural land. A supporter of farmers throughout the state, he also helped train young agriculturists from around the world, strengthening CTAHR‘s international relationships. His commitment to diversified agriculture, environmental protection, and community building reflect CTAHR‘s vision today.

The 2005 Ka Lei Hano Heritage Award will be presented to the Family and Community Education program and their tireless volunteers for their dedication to projects and activities that educate, assist, and enrich local families and communities. For more than 50 years, the Hawaiʻi Association for Family and Community Education has provided education, leadership development training, and community service benefiting Hawaiʻi families.

Other awards that will be presented during the event include student awards, staff awards, and excellence awards for instruction, extension and research.

Tickets for the event are $50 for an individual seat and $500 for a table of 10.

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