WAILUKU - The top employees, managers, teams and retirees in Maui County government in the past year were honored earlier this month at a luncheon at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
Mayor Charmaine Tavares presented the top employees with framed certificates and a carved wooden plaque. Recent retirees were presented with a framed certificate.
"I'm proud that all of our county employees, who very often go above and beyond their job duties to serve the public," said Tavares. "These awards recognize employees who have stood out for their exceptional work - those who have gone even further than the already outstanding work that our 2,000-plus employees do each day. Our community is well served by their commitment and contributions."
The police Communications Section/Central Dispatch was honored as one of Maui County government’s “teams of the year.” Shown at the awards luncheon at Maui Tropical Plantation (from left) are Marianne Feiteira, Kehau Filimoe‘atu, Lorelee Robello, Susie Egdamin and Davelynn Racadio.
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The event was emceed by county employees: Laura Sea-ton of the Department of Public Works and Kathy Mayo of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns' Kaunoa Senior Services Division. Those attending the luncheon were entertained by firefighter Jarret Roback and Wilson Kanakaole.
The honorees follow:
* Employees of the Year: Mahina Martin, communications and community relations director, Office of the Mayor and Department of Management; Faye Okazaki, buyer, Department of Finance; Robert J. Spenser, firefighter; Wayde Oshiro, housing program specialist, Department of Housing and Human Concerns; Kathleen Aoki, the newly named deputy director of the Department of Planning; Keith Moniz, juvenile counselor, Police Department; Milagros Layao-en, legal clerk, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney; Nadine Orikasa, clerk typist, Department of Public Works; Leslie Hondo, plant electronics repairer, Department of Environmental Management; Da-vid Sakoda, arboriculturist, Department of Parks & Recreation; and Shirley Falcon, customer service representative, Department of Water Supply.
* Managers of the Year: Carol Gentz, Community Development Block Grant manager, Office of the Mayor and Department of Management; Derrick Arruda, fire captain; Aaron Shinmoto, planning program administrator, Department of Planning; police Sgt. Peter Delima; Earle-Ray Kukahiko, district supervisor, Department of Public Works; Jeffrey Anderson, west parks district supervisor, Department of Parks & Recreation; and June Ono, accountant, Department of Water Supply.
* Teams of the Year: Budget Office, Office of the Mayor and Department of Management; Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing Re-cords Section, Department of Finance; Enhanced Information, Assistance & Outreach Branch, Department of Housing and Human Concerns; Zoning Administration & Enforcement Division, Department of Planning; Communications Section/Central Dispatch, Police Department; Asset Forfeiture Team, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney; Wailuku Highways Division, Department of Public Works; "Just for the Fun of It" fishing program, Department of Parks & Recreation; and Water Plant Operations, Department of Water Supply.
* Retirees: John Kahalehoe Sr., 39 years; Edward Hinau, 35 years; Theresa Jarnesky, 30 years; Lani Duponte, 27 years; Colleen Suyama, 27 years; Elizabeth Williams, 26 years; Diane Wakamatsu, 19 years; Cheryl Marsh, 18 years; Joyce Nobriga, 18 years; Clemens Savella, 18 years; and Gordon Amaral, 12 years.
In prior events on Molokai and Lanai, police Sgt. Eugene Santiago was named employee of the year for Molokai, and Keith Aoki, a construction equipment mechanic with the Department of Public Works, was named Lanai employee of the year.
The employee recognition program is coordinated by the County of Maui Department of Personnel Services in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and the directors and deputies of each department, which nominates its own individual and team winners.