Paul S. Onomura, a retired diesel mechanics professor at Honolulu Community College, has died, school officials said Tuesday.
As a long time faculty member of the Transportation & Trades division, Onomua dedicated his professional life to supporting his students and colleagues.
Affectionately known as “uncle” to all his students, he restructured and revitalized the diesel mechanics program to accommodate flexible intake of students. His experience in the industry enabled him to design and create work stations for the program despite budget constraints.
Outside of the classroom, Onomura shared his knowledge with colleagues and the community through workshops and meetings. In 2005, he was awarded the University of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
A memorial service will be held at Mililani Memorial Chapel (Waipio) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.