Regents’ Medals of Distinction
The Regents’ Medal of Distinction is awarded by the Board of Regents to Individuals of exceptional accomplishment and distinction who have made significant contributions to the university, state, region or nation or within their field of endeavor.
UH Executive Policy PDF on awarding of medals of distinction.
- William Kwai-Fong Yap, higher education advocate and benefactor
- Winona Kapuailohiamanonokalani Desha Beamer, kumu hula, educator, author, composer and entertainer
- Alice Augusta Ball, pioneering chemist
- Abraham Piianaia, Hawaiian cultural expert
- Eliot Deutsch, philosophy scholar
- Noel P. Kefford, former College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources dean and author of the Industry Analysis System
- George Chaplin, editor-in-chief of the Honolulu Advertiser for 26 years and honored by three nations for promoting better understanding between countries
- Elmo Hardy, evolutionary biologist and world authority on big-headed flies important in agro-ecosystems
- Hiroshi Tanaka, community advocate and education proponent instrumental in the development of UH Hilo
- Mamoru Yamasaki, a staunch supporter of higher education during 33 years as a legislator
- Wood Zimmerman, renowned entomologist on Oahu and a union activist on Maui
- Gerald Sass, Freedom Forum executive supporting Asian studies fellowships at the University of Hawaii
- Ernest Akamine, a UH plant physiologist who laid the foundation for handling tropical crops developed in Hawaii
- Mackay Yanagisawa, the "shogun of Hawaii sports," a player, coach, manager, club owner and creator of the Hula Bowl Classic
- Maya Angelou, a writer, educator, humanitarian and social activist hailed as one of the great figures in contemporary literature
Eliot Deutsch is an internationally renowned scholar. He has served as a visiting professor to Harvard, Chicago and Cambridge universities and visiting lecturer around the world. He has published 16 books, which have been translated into multiple European and Asian languages. In 2002, he was awarded the Degree of Vedanta Sudhara by the International Congress of Vedanta.
Deutsch joined the University of Hawaii faculty in 1967 and served as editor of Philosophy East and West. He helped create the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and served as its president. He also has been active in the American Philosophical Association, American and British Socieites for Aestehtics and the International Metaphysical Society. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other scholarly organizations.
The emeritus professor of philosophy has been an important participant in the universitys East-West Philosophers Conference, held most recently in 2005.