Some of the most important figures, including Nobel prize nominees, in finance, politics, film, music, medicine, and even sports have come from the education system in Hawai‘i.

Have a look below to see the famous alumni who graduated from Hawai‘i:

Famous Alumni of Hawai‘i

Nobel Prize nominee for work on crop diseases and maize hybrids

– Soon-Kwon Kim

Vice Minister of Education in Beijing, China

– Hao Ping

Planning Secretary and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines

– Arsenio Balisacan

Leader in Korean nursing, first woman to head a Korean government ministry

– Mo-Im Kim

Writer, former newscaster on Nippon Television Network

– Yoshiko Sakurai

International development economist and business executive, President of PacMar

– Puongpun Sananikone

Minister of health for Republic of Palau. Founded Belau Medical Clinic

– Victor Yano

Director-general of the World Health Organization and advocate for childhood vaccinations

– Jong-Wook Lee

Singer, songwriter and founding member of the Mākaha Sons of Ni’ihau

– Israel “Iz” Ka‘ano‘i Kamakawiwo‘ole, aka ‘Braddah Iz (Brother Iz)

Senior vice president of chemical sciences at Elan Biopharmaceuticals. Inventor of two patented HIV protease inhibitor medications

– Hing Leung Sham

Professional baseball player –New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates

– Tyler Yates

President, Republic of the Marshall Islands

– Christopher Loeak

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