23rd Annual NHEA Convention

NHEA is excited to be offering our 23rd convention on Friday, July 1, 2022. Due to the continuing health situation, NHEA will once again be offering this 2022 convention in a virtual format using the Zoom platform. This 1-day convention will be offered free but registration will be required to participate in this live event.

This year’s convention theme centers around loina – a fundamental tool of learning and teaching. It calls for us to reflect on and observe this huliau we have experienced. To bring about best practices, innovations, and mindfulness, we need to share these practices, be innovative in our engagement, and be mindful of our communities’ wants and needs. “I lohe i ka ʻōlelo a hoʻokō, e ola auaneʻi a laupaʻi, one who hears good counsel and heeds will live to see many generations.” “Nā kākou ke kuleana e noke mau i ka pono no ka lāhui, it is our responsibility to seek righteousness for our people.”

Registration is required to access this free convention and to participate in the various workshops that will be offered. Traditional and hana noʻeau workshops will be offered this year.


The topics related to this year’s conference theme hope to encourage and advance discussions, dialogue, and awareness among educators and interested community members. See descriptions of the workshops here: Workshop Descriptions

Click the link below on Friday, July 1, 2022:

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Digital Program

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NHEA Educators of the Year 2022:

Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua
Her career has focused on nurturing and creating Native Hawaiian and Indigenous educational spaces. For the past 15 years, Noe has worked as a professor and administrator at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Noe is a co-founder of Hālau Kū Māna public charter school and board member of the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy. In 2022, Noelani was appointed to serve her alma mater as a trustee of the Kamehameha Schools. A lifetime student of and participant in Hawaiian people’s movements, Noelani’s research has involved documenting, analyzing and proliferating the ways people are transforming imperial and settler colonial relations through Kanaka Maoli political values and initiatives.


Dr. G. Kalehua Krug
Originally from the Waiʻanae coast and now living in Lualualei, Kalehua Krug is an educator who is deeply passionate about indigenous education in the Hawaiian community. Currently Kalehua is the Principal of Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao Public Charter School where he strives to utilize his experiences to reform and reshape indigenous education in a Hawaiian community. He believes that education is the only proactive avenue to address societal disparities and utilizes Hawaiian cultural traditions as a mechanism to enhance a more sustainable future for our children and our environment. Kalehua is also a Kākau Uhi Hawaiʻi practitioner and a Hawaiian musician and composer.


Bransen Joseph Puʻuomoaewa Zablan
Raised in Waimānalo, Puʻu’s upbringing was and continues to be centered on ʻohana, a love of the living Hawaiian culture and value of ʻike kūpuna . His upbringing instilled in him a sense of kuleana to his community and to personally contribute to the quality of public education. Mentored by faculty members, counselors, and coordinators was integral in developing his passion for student-centered social services. Currently, Puʻu holds a management position at Kupu, a local non-profit organization that serves to empower youth to serve their communities. His efforts continue to focus on growing Kupuʻs social enterprises that fund alternative education pathways and opportunities for youth.

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Punihei Lipe
Looking to loina: Healing relationships with ourselves, each other, and ‘āina
Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Punihei Lipe is a Native Hawaiian mother, daughter, wife, hula dancer, researcher, and educator. In the UH Mānoa chancellor’s office, she serves as the Native Hawaiian Affairs Program Officer, charged to advance UHM’s goal of becoming a Native Hawaiian place of learning. She is also the director of UHM’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center, as well as an Obama Leader with the Obama Foundation’s Asia-Pacific Leaders Program. She holds a BA in Hawaiian Studies, an MS in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Administration.


Kihei Nahale-a, Project KULEANA

Kihei Nahale-a was raised on the ʻāina hoʻopulapula of Keaukaha and Panaʻewa. He attended the Kamehameha Schools and later went on to UH-Hilo where he received his BA in Hawaiian Language. Hawaiʻi cultural-based education has been a part of his professional career. He has taught at every level from pre-school to the university system as well as after-school and community-based education programs for over 30 years.

Project KULEANA is a movement to utilize music as a vehicle to educate our community and to develop layers of understanding to strengthen our lāhui Hawaiʻi.