IfA Employee Service Awards
Back row: George Herbig (emeritus) , Paul Uemura (30
years), Elaine Olson (20), David Tholen (20).
Row 3: Darryl Watanabe (15), Peter Onaka (10), Robert McLaren
(10), Joshua Barnes (10), David Griep (20).
Row 2: Michele Tom (10), Donald Mickey (30), Pui Hin Rhoads
(20), Lauren Anzai (20).
Front row: Gale Yamada (20), Nancy Lyttle (15), Karan Hughes
(15), Debra Hew-Harano (10), IfA Director Rolf-Peter Kudritzki.
A ceremony to recognize long-time employees on all three islands
took place on March 5 in the IfA Manoa auditorium. In addition,
astronomer James Heasley received an award for his efforts
to increase public outreach, and the mid-2001 retirement of
George Herbig (now astronomer emeritus) was acknowledged.
Donald Mickey (astronomer), Paul Uemura (electronic technician),
and Patricia (Gail) Forbes, an administrative officer at Mauna
Kea Observatories Support Services (MKSS), received a certificate
and pen for 30 years of service. Those honored for 20 years
of service were Lauren Anzai and Gale Yamada (administrative
officers); Elaine Olson (Mees Observatory electronics engineer);
David Tholen (astronomer); NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
(IRTF) Hilo staff members David Griep (telescope operator),
George Koenig (observatory superintendent), Sammie Pung (observatory
technician), and Douglas Toomey (electronics engineer); and
Manuel A. Santos, who works for MKSS at Hale Pohaku.
Seven Research Corporation (RCUH) employees were honored for
15 years of service: Karan Hughes (IRTF project assistant);
Nancy Lyttle (executive administrative assistant); IRTF staffers
Darryl Watanabe (electronics technician) and Anthony Denault
(software engineer); and MKSS employees Jason Hashimoto, Tracy
Miyashiro, and Walter Poha. (UH does not give awards at the
Those receiving 10-year awards included astronomers Joshua
Barnes, Kenneth Chambers, Gerard Luppino, Robert McLaren, and
Tobias Owen; Peter Onaka (electronics engineer), Michele Tom
(personnel officer), Debra Hew-Harano (personnel specialist),
Pui-Hin Rhoads (computer section head), and Chris Kaukali (administrative
officer) from Manoa; Warren (Joey) Perreira (observatory technician)
and Kaila Rhoden (administrative officer) from Maui; and MKSS
manager Ronald Koehler and MKSS employee Gordon Granger from
the Big Island.