Journalism Awards & Fellowships

National Awards 

2013 Asian American Journalists Association Award
Soundtracking ‘The Descendants’ With ‘Real’ Hawaiian Music, NPR

2000 Asian American Journalists Association Award 
Nona Beamer: Hawaiian Elder, NPR

1998 Communicator Award
Hawaii film “Picture Bride,” NPR

Regional Award (California and Hawaii)

2014 Award of Excellence in Freelance Journalism 1st Place – Audio
Guild Freelancers, a unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild
‘If It Swings:’ An Asian-American Jazzman’s Pioneering Career, NPR

Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter Excellence In Journalism Awards


2018 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Remembering A Legendary Hawaiian Musician, NPR

2018 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
Postal Service Marks Lunar New Year with Stamp by Kam Mak, VOA

2017 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Chinese American Broke Barriers, Reached Back Centuries to Create Bambi, VOA

2016 Feature Reporting 1st Place
‘Moana’ Making Waves Around Globe, VOA

2016 General News/Enterprise Finalist
Ancient Hawaiian Farmers Offer Lessons in Sustainability, VOA

2015 General News/Enterprise Finalist
These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz, NPR

2014 Feature Reporting/Finalist
A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery, NPR

2014 General News/Enterprise Finalist
Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe to Navigate World Without Instruments, VOA

2014 Feature Reporting/Finalist
“Rock Star” Botanist Rappels Down Cliffs to Save Hawaii’s Rarest Plants, VOA

2013 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
“Linsanity” Details Rise Of Asian-American Basketball Star, VOA

2013 Feature Reporting Finalist
“If It Swings:” An Asian-American Jazzman’s Pioneering Career, NPR

2012 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Soundtracking ‘The Descendants’ With ‘Real’ Hawaiian Music, NPR

2012 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
‘Mother of Outcasts’ To Be A Saint For Leprosy Work, NPR

2010 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Ukulele Festival, PRI’s “The World”

2010 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
Hawaii’s First Saint, AARP

2008 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
Barack Obama’s Hawaii Roots series, “Weekend America” and VOA
Obama’s Hawaiian Getaway
Hawaii Helped Shape Barack Obama
Madelyn Dunham, Cornerstone of Barack Obama’s Life

2008 Feature Reporting Finalist
Kealii Reichel, PRI’s “The World”

2006 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
Korean Wave Washes Over USA, VOA

2005 General News/Enterprise Finalist
First Hawaiian Grammy, PRI’s “The World”

2004 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Jazz Ukulele, VOA

2004 General News/Enterprise Finalist
Hawaii Film Festival Offers Moviegoers Unique View of Asia, VOA

2003 Feature Reporting Finalist
Controversy Over Kava, KQED’s “Pacific Time”

2002 General News/Enterprise 1st Place
Humpback Whale Song, “Living on Earth”

2002 Public Service Reporting 1st Place
Duke Kahanamoku, PRI’s “The World”

2001 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Hawaiian Awa, “Living on Earth”

2001 News Reporting Finalist
Ehime Maru, NPR

1999 Investigative Reporting 1st Place
Bishop Estate two-part series, HPR
1999 Series Reporting 1st Place
Hawaiian Language Movement, HPR
1999 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Wayfinders: Polynesian Navigation, NPR
1999 Public Service Reporting 1st Place
USS Missouri Museum, NPR

1998 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Kalaupapa: Father Damien Film, HPR

1998 Public Service Reporting 1st Place
USS Missouri: Final Voyage, HPR

1997 Feature Reporting 1st Place
Bla Pahinui, NPR

Daily Newspaper

2018 General News/Enterprise 3rd Place
A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future, the Los Angeles Times


2005 Feature Writing/Short Form 1st Place
In Tune with the Aloha, Keola Beamer’s Aloha Music Camp
Honolulu Magazine

2005 Industry or Trade Reporting 1st Place
Hawaii Music issue, Honolulu Magazine


2006 Public Service Reporting Finalist
Chinatown Summit: Revitalizing Honolulu’s Chinatown, Honolulu Municipal Television


2018 Association of Independents in Radio Legends Mentor, (AIR)

2015 AIR Entrepreneurial Coaching Fellow

2001 – 2013 University of Hawaii, Pacific New Media, Continuing Education

2010 Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Research grant to record oral histories at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai

2009 Web 2.0 Training Fellow, Knight Digital Media Center, UC Berkeley

2009 Environmental Fellow, National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai

2008 Producer Training, The Environment Report, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2005 Multimedia Reporting, Knight Digital Media Center, UC Berkeley

2003 East-West Center China Study Tour, East-West Center, Honolulu

2002 Cross-Media Reporting Fellow, Maynard Institute, Oakland

1999 NPR Mid-Career Fellow, National Public Radio Diversity Initiative

1995 Multicultural Producers Forum, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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