About Us

‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi

The Native Hawaiian Education Association (NHEA) is a private non-profit organization of Native Hawaiian educators. The organization was started in 1998 with its first convention on the island of Maui. Adapted after the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), NHEA facilitates a network of Hawaiian educators to attend to the various educational issues which challenge the Hawaiian population and is designed to be a self-sustaining umbrella organization for Hawaiian education and Hawaiian educators.

NHEA is a grassroots organization focused on supporting, encouraging, networking, collaborating and furthering the work of those tasked with the responsibility of educating our Native Hawaiian children. As an association, NHEA advocates an educational philosophy which acknowledges a Native Hawaiian perspective to teaching and learning in the 21st century.


Board of Directors:

Kulamanu Ishihara – Maui
Bransen Zablan – Oʻahu

Executive Board Members:

Loea Akiona – President
Nahiwa Naki – Vice President
Vacant – Treasurer
Kuʻulei Miranda –  Secretary


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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1190
Wailuku, HI  96793

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