Summer Series on Neurodivergent Learning

The Hawaii Education Association is collaborating with Chaminade professors Dr. Denise Dugan and Dr. Christopher Padesly to present a series of free professional development sessions focused on incorporating the art and science of Universal Design Learning into Hawaii classrooms.  These sessions are appropriate for Hawaii teachers in all grade levels, both general and special education, and are offered in a hybrid model, both at Chaminade in Brogan Hall Room 103 and on Zoom.

Help Our Maui HEA Members and Others on Maui!

The Hawaii Education Association is continuing to monitor and assess how we can be of help to those on Maui following the wildfires. Please kokua by giving to any credible nonprofit organizations. Mahalo!

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We support professional development and students pursuing education degrees.

We are educators striving to improve education in Hawaii.

Since 1921, the Hawaii Education Association (HEA) has brought together teachers, professors, school administrators and supporters to spark improvements in education for all educators and students statewide.

Today, we are devoted to stimulating innovation in education and providing professional development so that Hawaii’s teachers can be the best that they can be. We promote the joy and passion of the teaching profession, and we inspire and support those who desire to achieve excellence in the career of education.



SUBMIT YOUR STORYShare your story with us! Our teachers are a great source of encouragement, inspiration and positive life transformations. Many of us have had a teacher who has made a major impact on our lives or helped us to simply do better.HEA wants to showcase testimonials about amazing teachers to highlight the importance of our local educators. These stories will be featured throughout our website, newsletter and social media in 2021 as part of HEA’s 100th anniversary celebration.SUBMIT YOUR STORY
Augie Tulba

Augie Tulba

Mrs. Murakami was the first teacher who, when I looked at her, I knew she cared about me.

Former student of Millie Murakami

Dole Middle School

Ben Cayetano

Ben Cayetano

We could tell Mr. Higa was devoted to his work. His character just came through and that’s why the students really liked him. He had the ability to inspire his students to do their best.

Former student of Howard Higa

Kalakaua Intermediate School

Holden Suzuki

Holden Suzuki

I know for a fact that teachers are some of the hardest-working people on the planet and they really make an effort to connect with you.

8th Grade Student

Maui Waena Intermediate School

JoAnn Oshiro

JoAnn Oshiro

I just enjoy making connection with students. I think that was the same with Mr. Ginoza and maybe he modeled that for me in my career.

Former student of Mr. Edwin Ginoza

Maui High School


Scholarships for Current and Future Teachers

HEA has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships over the years. We offer many types of scholarships to assist public school teachers, student teachers, college students, and graduating high school seniors with professional development, Hawaii State Department of Education licensing or certification, preparing for a student teaching semester, and undergraduate and graduate college degrees.


Show Your Support for Excellent Teachers & Education in Hawaii

Your support directly enables HEA to fund, connect, mentor and inspire current and future Hawaii teachers to be the best that they can be and makes an impact on education.


Give in Honor of a Teacher

If a teacher or professor had a profound impact on you, on your child, or on someone you love, we invite you to make a gift in honor of that educator as a way to share your gratitude.DONATE

Support the Future of Teaching

HEA funds programs and scholarships statewide. A gift to our Annual Fund or to a particular scholarship or program supports Hawaii’s current and future educators.GIVE NOW

Explore Estate and Planned Gifts

A thoughtful estate plan can enable you to minimize estate taxes, take care of your loved ones, and make a significant impact through HEA, all at the same time.LEARN MORE

Become an HEA Member

Membership in HEA is open to all active and retired Hawaii educators, all students interested in a career in education, and all friends and supporters of the cause of education.

Through HEA, thousands of teachers from diverse educational institutions — and representing all teaching levels from early childhood through college — come together to find fellowship and resources for professional excellence.

Apply for membership to become part of our community of dedicated educators and education innovators.



Our Partners

HEA works with and supports a number of educational organizations and nonprofit groups that share our commitment to excellence in education and the profession of teaching.

Hawaii State Teachers Association - Retired (HSTA-Retired)

The Hawaii State Teachers Association - Retired (HSTA-Retired) was established by the HSTA and partners with HEA to provide scholarships to in-service educators who are HSTA members with baccalaureate degrees.

Education Institute of Hawaii (EIH)

The Education Institute of Hawaii (EIH) is an education think tank focused on school empowerment and fiscal transparency.

The Hawaii Foundation for Educators (HFE)

The Hawaii Foundation for Educators (HFE) builds robust professional development and training opportunities for teachers to develop their practice in the classroom. This effort is an integral part of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) initiative to combat Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

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Educator Connection Q2 Newsletter Now Available

Educator Connection Q2 Newsletter Now Available

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