Congratulations to the 2017 AWWA Hawaii Section Award Recipients!
Please congratulate them if you see them!


2017 George Warren Fuller Award Recipient: 


The George Warren Fuller Award is presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the Sections’ respective selected member for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent, and constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller.

Ken Ota’s service to the Hawaii Section and water industry exemplifies the ideals of the George Warren Fuller. Ken has been a member of the Hawaii Section since August 1995, and has served the Hawaii Section in numerous capacities:

  • 2006 - 2007 - Legislation / Regulation Committee
  • 2007 - 2011 - Manufacturer Trustee
  • 2011 - 2012 - Vice Chair
  • 2012 - 2013 - Chair
  • 2013 - 2014 - Past Chair, Scholarship Committee Chair
  • 2014 - 2017 - Director

Born and raised on Maui, Ken has over 25 years’ experience in the Water, Wastewater, and Irrigation industry. He attended Baldwin High School and graduated at the University of Hawaii Manoa in Business Finance. Ken is the President and CEO of Pacific Pipe Company a distributor of engineered construction products for the Civil, Irrigation, Agriculture, and Golf Industry in Hawaii and Guam.  Ken is also active in the community and participates on the A&B Sugar Museum Board of Directors and was previously on the Board of Directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Maui Contractors Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

2017 Outstanding Section Member Award Recipient:


The purpose of this award is to recognize a member who, through their interest and demonstrated activity, has contributed significantly to the progress and well-being of the Hawaii Section AWWA, but who has not otherwise previously been recognized.

Trevor has worked very hard at organizing workshops for the Hawaii Section for many years. He has organized workshops throughout the state, worked hard at maintaining the budget, and put many hours into subject topics and securing attendance for these workshops.






2017 Special Recognition Award Recipient:


The purpose of this award is to recognize members who have untiringly served the section in some capacity during the past year.

Joy worked very hard to bring up a new AWWA web site to replace our old site. The old site was compromised making it nearly impossible to access. Joy stepped up, created the new site, and began training the officers on how to populate the site.








2017 Scholarship Award Recipient:


Kelli is the daughter of AWWA Hawaii Section Member Mike Miyahira.  Kelli attended Whittier College studying Music Therapy with a cumulative GPA of 3.37.  She went on to Graduate School at New York University, with a current GPA of 3.95.  This is an excerpt from her essay:

“I have been able to practice music therapy with preschoolers who have auditory and speech disabilities, adults on a locked psychiatric unit, and currently with pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis in New York City. These valuable experiences have kept me in a constant awe of the ways in which music can: reach those who are deemed too far gone; contain and hold a variety of emotional states in the safety of musical form; and to be used as a resource in which a patient’s strengths, interests, and challenges can manifest and also be worked through.”