Yunji de Nies

Yunji de Nies

I was an outspoken, loud and energetic child. And rather than quash that … he really cultivated it and he encouraged my interest in theater and in speech, and in being on stage.

Former student of Mr. Colin More

Honolulu Waldorf School

Yunji de Nies

Yunji de Nies

I was an outspoken, loud and energetic child. And rather than quash that … he really cultivated it and he encouraged my interest in theater and in speech, and in being on stage.

Former student of Mr. Colin More

Honolulu Waldorf School

Stories About Hawaii Educators

Watch and read stories about the life-changing impact of local teachers and professors.

Coleby Kim

Coleby Kim

I wish Mr. Doike could teach me every day! He made a difference in my life because he was so nice and taught me so many things.

Joseph Doike-Foreman

Pearl Ridge Elementary School

Wilbur Luna

Wilbur Luna

He helped me gain an appreciation for going to college.

Richard Keakahiwa

Mayor Joseph J. Fern Elementary School

Candy Suiso

Candy Suiso

We have to, as educators, continue to give them hope, make them believe in themselves

Julia Malapit Smith

Makaha Elementary School

Hina Wong

Hina Wong

They both inspired me to be a better and stronger person than I imagined myself to be.

Blaine Gaison & Wallace Wong

Kamehameha Schools

Jonathon Medeiros

Jonathon Medeiros

I think it's because I have a passion for learning, I think that is why I like being a teacher.

Language Arts Teacher

Kauai High School

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim

Ms. Alexandra (Armstrong) Taylor made the classroom into an inviting space for learning. You just wanted to be there.

Former student of Ms. Alexandra (Armstrong) Taylor

Kailua Intermediate School

Nicole Tam

Nicole Tam

Ms. Murayama pushed me to challenge myself and take an advanced English course even though it was out of my comfort zone because English is my second language.

Former Student of Shareen Murayama

Kaiser High School

Jessica Pagtulingan

Jessica Pagtulingan

Mrs. Lori Fujimoto was able to see me and my classmates for who we were, and she encouraged each and every one of us to be better.

Former student of Mrs. Lori Fujimoto

Kapalama Elementary School

Kevin Matsunaga

Kevin Matsunaga

It can’t just be about the deadline. It can’t just be about the letter grade. I’m talking about investing in students.

Digital Media Teacher

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle 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

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Community Testimonials

We are honored to share these memories from our community about the impact of Hawaii educators on their students’ lives.

"I would not be where I am today in my professional career without the dedicated and patient support from the educators at Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii College of Engineering. I am extremely grateful to both educational institutions."

Lori Kahikina

In honor of the educators at Kamehameha Schools

and the University of Hawaii College of Engineering

"Kaimuki High School band director Mr. Brian Mizuguchi turned a spiritless group of kids into the second best high school band in the state. His impartiality, integrity and equity inspired me to practice harder than I had ever done before."

Bobby Command

In honor of Brian Mizuguchi

Kaimuki High School

"Mrs. May Lee Chung was a legendary newswriting and yearbook teacher at McKinley High School. She insisted that we follow high standards of journalism in our daily school paper, which led me to a 30-year career in media."

Bart Asato

In honor of May Lee Chung

McKinley High School

"At Kapunahala Elementary School, Ms. Mercedes Menor’s commitment to teaching and finding ways to inspire her students through challenging and experimental methods definitely inspired me in my development."

Jared Kuroiwa

In honor of Mercedes Menor

Kapunahala Elementary School