Our Centennial Anniversary

A Century of Supporting Teachers

Teachers play a fundamental role in preparing the next generation. Those who choose to become educators dedicate their careers to instructing and inspiring others in the knowledge, skills and mindset for lifelong success.

When HEA was formed in 1921, education looked very different than it does today. What remains unchanged over the past 100 years is the spirit of those who are called to be teachers, and their passion for changing lives and making a difference.

#MyAwesomeTeacher — 100 Stories of Amazing Educators

During our 100th anniversary in 2021, we honored and celebrated more than 100 educators statewide for the vital work they do in shaping the next generation.

Check out the featured stories below, or click the button to see the entire collection.


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Alexandra Obra

Former student of Dr. Noreen Mokuau
UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Natanya Friedheim

Former student of Ms. Alexandra (Armstrong) Taylor
Kailua Intermediate School

Brooke Gascon-Vea

Former student of Mr. Marc Kawahara
Farrington High School

Jessica Pagtulingan

Former student of Mrs. Lori Fujimoto
Kapalama Elementary School