Hawai‘i’s Space Science Teachers Extraordinaire
Melvin Inamasu and Violet Harada
Courtesy: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Growing up in Hilo, Art Kimura aspired to be either a marine biologist or a pilot. Instead, his career took a life-defining turn when he earned a degree in zoology and became a high school science teacher. After a stint as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Art and his wife Rene returned to Honolulu after his assignment in Okinawa and began teaching: Art at McKinley High and Rene at Hongwanji Mission School. Over the last 30 years, the Kimuras have received local and national accolades as master educators in promoting science and space education for students.