UH Hilo’s Keola Donaghy Recognized by Governor Lingle for Innovation Awards


Well this is too cool, I recently had the chance to meet UH Hilo Professor Keola Donaghy at a recent Big Island Internet Society Tweet Up, and I’ve been keeping in contact with him via twitter since then.

I even added his blog “Culture Hacks” to the FBI Blogs recently, but this buggah… he is so humble… I never even find out he was recently awarded a prestigious award from Governor Lingle until I read her Press Release!

Governor Linda Lingle today recognized six recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Awards for their ingenuity and commitment to developing creative ways for Hawai‘i to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The recipients, three each for the months of July and August, include private sector organizations, government entities and private citizens. The winners have developed innovative solutions to challenges, invented and implemented new technologies with worldwide applications, and contributed to the creation of a stronger economic future for the state….

Innovation by an Individual:  Keola Donaghy

Keola Donaghy, an assistant professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, has spent more than 100 hours translating the search terms that appear on the Google Internet page into Hawaiian.  Because of his efforts, Hawaiian has become the first native American language available through the “Google in Your Language” program.  Donaghy hopes the Google initiative is another step toward giving the Hawaiian language the same status as other major languages, particularly in the fast-moving information technology sector.

Governor Lingle Names Innovation Award Winners

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