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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.

"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

"Mrs. Kathy Lum was my French teacher at Highlands International School. Her classroom was a joyful place in an otherwise difficult world. What a wonderful world I discovered, thanks to her!"

Jonathan Gillentine

In honor of Kathy Lum

Highlands Intermediate School

"Mrs. Lucy Yokoo at Wahiawa Intermediate School was a kind, helpful and passionate teacher. She created a safe place for all and made math easy to understand and interesting."

Carole Ota

In honor of Mrs. Lucy Yokoo

Wahiawa Intermediate School