Melissa Matsubara Honored As Ke Kaukahi Award Winner

The Special Events and Recognition Committee, on behalf of the Staff Council, presented the Spring 2020 Ke Kaukahi Recognition of Excellence award to Melissa Matsubara, Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs. If you ask Melissa why she works in study abroad, she will tell you that she wants to make the world a better place by helping students have life-changing, eye-opening experiences. She also goes out of her way to help students find scholarships and financing to allow them to have international experiences.   

She is always the first to volunteer her time and energy to any new project, which could benefit students or staff and faculty. This year, with study abroad being postponed, Melissa has jumped in to help with advising and has been a huge asset to the team. Melissa embodies all three of the values HPU embraces, aloha, kuleana, and pono, with her endless dedication and enthusiasm.


President Gotanda presents Melissa Matsubara with her Ke Kaukahi award.