Richard was honored recently as a 2011 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Hawai‘i.
“This award was less about me and really about all of us,” he told me. “I was pleased to be able to acknowledge June’s contributions, as well as my family’s – especially Mom and Pop.”
He was happy, too, that he had a chance to talk about the “common sense” value of using geothermal energy here in Hawai‘i.
He said it was hard to follow Chef Alan Wong and Dr. Henry Yang. “They are both very, very special individuals,” he said.
“Something like this award was beyond my wildest imagination when I flunked out of UH the first time around,” he said. “It just goes to show: Not ‘no can.’ ‘CAN!’”
- Leslie Lang