The Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) and the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers (HSPE) with the assistance of the College of Engineering of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) are tasked to select individuals who will receive annual prestigious awards. One of the highlights in the yearly observance of Engineers' Week during the month of February is the presentation of awards in the following four categories:
These awards are intended to give due recognition to the outstanding accomplishments, contributions, and achievements of individuals in the different specialized fields of engineering. The HCES Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a professional engineer who has retired within the last four years. The recipient of the Engineer Of The Year award is selected from among current senior practicing professional engineers who are 36 years of age or older. The Young Engineer Of The Year award also recognizes professional engineers but who are 35 years of age and younger. The Student Engineer Of The Year is selected from among engineering students currently enrolled in the University of Hawaii at Manoa.