Who We Are

Our Vision, Mission & History

Since our founding in 1921, the Hawaii Education Association has been dedicated to affirming the professionalism of Hawaii’s teachers and supporting excellence in education.

HEA was the original advocacy organization for Hawaii teachers, and for nearly 50 years, represented the education community on the issues of school maintenance and teacher salaries before the Territorial and State Legislatures. During the State Constitutional Convention of 1968, HEA was the first to testify in support of public collective bargaining. After the constitution was amended to allow public sector employees the right to organize, HEA played a major role in the establishment of three collective bargaining units for educators that endure to this day — Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and Hawaii Government Employee Association (HGEA) Unit 6. With the formation of the unions, HEA’s focus shifted to promoting teacher excellence and professional development. In 1994, HEA acquired 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to continue our support for local educators. 

Throughout HEA’s history, loyal and committed members have supported the organization through generous annual donations to support scholarships for pre-service education and active teachers, the Teaching As A Career (TAAC) program, and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ExTL) initiatives.

2020-21 Board Members

Our board represents decades of experience and leadership in teaching and education. The HEA board of directors guides and sets the strategic vision and goals for our organization to ensure we continue to meet the needs of Hawaii’s educators.

Members of the HEA Board of Directors are composed of nine (9) directors elected by Association members. Board members serve two-year overlapping terms and meet five times a year.

June Motokawa

President

  • Board of Director, Hawaii Foundation for Educators (HFE)
  • Past President and Member, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission
  • Retired teacher, Hawaii Department of Education Special Education

Joan Lee Husted

Vice President

  • President, HEAIA
  • Commissioner, U.S. Education Commission of the States
  • Vice President, Education Institute of Hawaii

Justin Wong

Treasurer

  • Treasurer, HEAIA
  • President, Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Administrator, HSTA-Retired

Janice Bond

Director

  • Retired educator of 20+ yrs on Kaua‘i and Mainland
  • Commissioner, Hawaii Commission for National & Community Service
  • Legislative Advocate, AARP/ American Cancer Society & Kaua`i Elderly Advisory

Pilialoha Lee Loy

Director

  • Retired educator, Hawaii Department of Education
  • Served HSTA Board of Directors and Political Action Committee
  • Member, NEA Resolutions Committee and Task Force on Standardized Testing
  • 1992-2016 - Hawaii State Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees and Chair in 2014.

Joan Lewis

Director

  • Instructional Coach, Kapolei High School
  • Commissioner, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission

Wilbur Luna

Director

  • Retired teacher, Hawaii Department of Education
  • Research-Organizer and Human and Civil Rights Specialist, National Education Association
  • Vice President, Oahu Education Association
  • Director of Field Services and Director of Special Programs, HSTA

Meredith Maeda

Director

  • Mentor / Coach, Professional Development and Educational Research Institute New Principal Academy
  • Retired administrator, Hawaii Department of Education
  • Past President, Oahu Interscholastic Association and Hawaii High School Athletic Association
  • Board Member, Learning Forward Hawaii
  • Member, Castle Alumni/Community Association

Jacqueline Yanagi

Director

  • Teacher, Waiahole Elementary School
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning (ExTL) Associate
  • Program Trainer