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Stories About Hawaii Educators

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

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Our teachers are great sources of encouragement, inspiration, and positive life transformations. Many of us have had a teacher who made a major impact on our lives or helped us to simply do better.

Here, HEA showcases testimonials about amazing teachers to highlight the importance of our local educators. These stories were collected and featured throughout our website, newsletter, and social media in 2021 as part of our 100th anniversary celebration.

Community Testimonials

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

"Ms. Bev Keever at UH Manoa taught me the importance of writing accuracy in journalism. Years after graduating, she tracked me down to suggest I apply for a job in Kona. I got the job and found my husband there. I sometimes wonder what life would be like if she hadn’t called and encouraged me to throw caution to the wind and go for it."

Mary Command

In honor of Bev Keever

UH Manoa

"Ms. Doi from Waimea High School inspired me to become a teacher. She had great relationships with her students. She taught me to “connect with your students, know your content and be humble.” This is how I remember Ms. Doi."

Jane Cabanting-Smoke

In honor of Ruby Doi

Waimea High School

"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