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Centennial Events

Special programs during our Centennial Anniversary.

Scholarships Available

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.




Share 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.

Sarah Kern

Sarah Kern

Getting to know your students and being able to relate to them –I think that's probably one of the most important things.

7th Grade Teacher

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

Alexandra Obra

Alexandra Obra

Dr. Mokuau’s work advocating for Native Hawaiians motivates me to be an advocate as well. I try to incorporate the culture into the things we do here.

Former student of Dr. Noreen Mokuau

UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Kurt Dela Cruz

Kurt Dela Cruz

She challenged her students to reach a higher standard, and she did so by showing us the care and love she had for us. I needed that kind of challenge to push me.

Former student of Carolyn Irvine

Ka‘ū High School

Brooke Gascon-Vea

Brooke Gascon-Vea

He was always willing to give advice and always there when I needed it. He’s a great role model for the teacher I wanted to become.

Former student of Mr. Marc Kawahara

Farrington 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.



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.



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.


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.

What’s New

A Message from the President: Greetings from the School Zone!

A Message from the President: Greetings from the School Zone!

Congratulations to Our 2022-23 Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Our 2022-23 Scholarship Recipients!

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