International students honored for volunteer work on Mauna Kea


More than a dozen students from Hawaii Community College’s Intensive English Program were recognized recently for their extensive volunteer efforts at the visitor center on Mauna Kea.

The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station on Mauna Kea held its annual Volunteer Awards Banquet on Sept. 28. International students from HCC and UH-Hilo contributed 34 percent of a total of 12,244 hours this past year. Many of the volunteers are current or former students in HCC’s Intensive English Program, which encourages students to participate in all kinds of volunteer activity. Seventeen current or former IEP students were recognized for their efforts as volunteers at the Mauna Kea visitor center.

Awards were given in different categories depending on the amount of hours volunteered.

— Volunteering 25-99 hours: Yuko Usui, Risako Mise, Misato Yamauchi, Chise Uchiyama, Haruka Sato, Haruno Washisu, Nozomi Nakazawa, Haruko Nakazawa and Ryotaro Toshima;

—Volunteering 100-249 hours: Miki Domoto, Katsuyuki Uezono, Misaki Hiraoka, Ayako Onishi, and Yuka Sorimachi.

—Volunteering 250-499 hours: Shoma Takemoto;

— Volunteering 500-999 hours: Sachika Nojiri; and

—Volunteering 1,000 or more hours: Gin Tezuka. Gin Tezuka, Sachika Nojiri and Miki Yamane were each presented with the “Hoku” award for outstanding service. In addition, Gin Tezuka was recognized as the “Most Dedicated” volunteer of the year.

The IEP provides academic English language instruction and comprehensive support services to international students pursuing academic, personal, and professional goals. Students learn the language skills they need to enroll at an American university.

 

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