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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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