Sabra KaukaHawaiʻi DOE, Hawaiian Studies Resource Teacher



Sabra Kauka is a kumu of Hawaiian Studies and hula at Island School on Kauaʻi. The name of her halau is Na Pua o Kamaile. In addition she coordinates the Hawaiian Studies kupuna on Kaua‘i for the Department of Education. She teaches many traditional arts including making Kapa and weaving Lauhala. She is a founding member and president of Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana, the caretakers of Nuʻalolo Kai State Park on Kaua‘i. She also serves as a board member of Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), and on the Kaua‘i Community Partnership Hui for HI Hopes with Hale ‘Opio. 
Hoʻoipoipo Pa NakeaCastle High School, Teacher



Elizabeth Ann Ho’oipo K. Pa Nakea was raised by her maternal ‘ohana, her mother (Kapalama, with tutu), tutu (Kalihiwai), and her aunt and uncle (Kaneohe Bay, where she grew up with six boys).  Her hanai are Mahealeani, 5th daughter of her youngest sister, who attended Hawaiian immersion schools from K-10, Brian and Eric Martin.  A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Business, Psychology and Communications from U of Portland, Oregon, her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law, and a MA in Teaching with a license in special education from Chaminade University.  Ho’oipo established the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council in 1987, supporting public and native Hawaiian interests, from water rights, sovereignty and self-determination educational initiatives to the repatriation of Native Hawaiian iwi “Ka Ho’ina, Coming Home.”  She presently educates a therapeutic classroom, the TC (“TAROpy Center”), at Castle HS, for primarily Hawaiian boys suffering from “co-existing disorders:” mainly learning and attention challenges with “oppositional defiant disorder.” 
Liko HoeWaiahole Poi Factory



Liko Hoe was raised in the ahupuaʻa of Hakipuʻu and grew up during the reawakening of Hawaiian culture in the 1970ʻs often called the Hawaiian Renaissance.  His parents were deeply involved in that movement and included he and his two brothers in their activities perpetuating and reviving culture, resisting development and restoring water rights and traditional access to land.  As an extension of the revival of Hawaiian culture, Liko studied Hawaiian language at Kamehameha Schools and then at the University of Hawaii.  He has a B.A. in Hawaiian language and an M.A. in Religion with a focus on Hawaiian and Polynesian religions.  Liko has studied Hula under Kumu Hula Wayne Chang, John Kaʻimikaua, and Elsie Ryder.  He is currently an alakaʻi in Hālau Hula o Kukunaokalā.   Liko has taught Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies in the University of Hawaiʻi system since 1996 and currently lectures at Windward Community College.  Liko also helps to run the Waiāhole Poi Factory, which has been in his family since 1971. 
Makalapua AlencastreUH Hilo Ka Haka Ula O Keʻelikōlani, Professor



Raised on the islands of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi, Makalapua is the mother of three and grandmother of fourteen. Makalapua has focused her life’s work on the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the primary language of the home and education, as well as in cultural and recreational activities. Her professional and research interests, inspired by her commitment and respect for the Hawaiian language and culture, include language acquisition, immersion education-program planning and evaluation, educational resource development-teachers and curriculum, video-documentation, and educational reform. Makalapua attended the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, for undergraduate and graduate degrees earning a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, a professional diploma in language education, a M.A. in ESL, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice. 

As a Hawaiian educator for over thirty years, Makalapua has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and served as administrator of Oʻahuʻs five ʻAha Pūnana Leo preschools and Ke Kula ʻo Kamakau. Currently, as an Associate Professor at Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Makalapua coordinates the college’s graduate level education programs to prepare new teachers for P-12 Hawaiian language medium/immersion education.



Earl KawaʻaKamehameha Schools



Earl Kawa`a was born and raised in Hālawa Valley, Moloka’i, where Hawaiian was his first language, the `ohana grew kalo and fished in traditional ways, and they practiced other Hawaiian cultural traditions. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work and uses Hawaiian practices, like ho`oponopono, when working with Hawaiian families and in Hawaiian communities.  A cultural tradition that he has taught and promoted to staff, students, and families in Kamehameha Schools programs, is Kuʻi ‘Ai. This practice reestablishes poi pounding as a family value that helps to develop family resiliency. He also has offered haku mele (song writing) workshops for Hawaiian parents to help them connect in a deeper, more loving way with their child(ren). Kawa`a has taught us about foundational cultural connections—especially `ohana values—between Hawai`i of the past, present, and future.