2019 Hawai'i ACTE Award Winner - Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.

Andrew Akana

Kapiolani Community College

Andrew Akana has been teaching the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) since 2005 as an adjunct instructor and began teaching full-time in 2015.


Andrew has a unique ability to assure the greatest acquisition of information and to maximize classroom participation. Despite a 1400+ page text for the course, he has the innate ability to focus on assuring that information is practical, realistic, and highly applicable to common events seen by EMTs.  As a result, 91% of his of his completers passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician cognitive and skills examination with their first attempt. The national average is 71%.


At KCC, he has been instrumental in creating emergency “scenarios” in various areas on campus to include the cafeteria, parking lot, and court yard areas.   These stages scenarios help students gear up and perform as a first responder.  He continues with the practice to use working EMTs to assist with the required skills check-off of all EMT students.  During these encounters, he elicits information from them about current trends and challenges in their practice and how KCC can best address these.


Through his expertise in instruction, he was the personally asked by the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) to help improve the EMS services for the entire island. Due to the large call volume for ambulance assistance in the state, he has worked with HFD on training firefighters when responding to emergency calls. Currently, he is also working to develop instructors in the fire department to continue with training.