Maui Community College Culinary Arts student receives Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award

University of Hawaiʻi
Kymber-Lee Char, (808) 956-9437
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Aug 17, 2009

HONOLULU — Judy Toba, a culinary arts student at Maui Community College, has been named recipient of the Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career and Technical Education.

Established by Tadashi and Elizabeth Nakaeda Kunimoto in honor of their parents‘ role in developing the Hawaiʻi food industry, this award recognizes a community college faculty member or student from one of the UH community colleges for outstanding achievement and contribution to vocational and technical education.

Toba is truly an exemplary individual who has made significant contributions through scholarship and her volunteer efforts. She has spent numerous hours volunteering at food and wine events on Maui and Oʻahu to program activities. Toba is dedicated to career advancement and participates in educational opportunities designed to enrich her understanding of the culinary arts and strengthen her supervisory and managerial skill sets.

As a student team leader, Toba has gained the respect and admiration of the faculty and her peers. She has established leadership towards many extra-curricular program events, campus-related opportunities and industry-related benefits that require flexibility and professionalism. Her ability to take on new responsibilities, interact with faculty, develop new niche chocolate products and create written processes needed for wholesome food product development are exhibited at a high level of commitment to excellence.

Toba has been conscientious, reliable and committed to new learning experiences and emerging technologies. In all instances, her performance exceeded expectations and program benchmarks. She represents the highest standards of the Maui Culinary Academy as a modest and positive role model of superlative student success.

Toba will be recognized for her achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony to be held September 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information on the awards ceremony, visit