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About Your Host

The 2014 WiPC:E host is the Native Hawaiian Education Association 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.


ʿAʿohe pau ka ʿike i ka halau hoʿokahi (Not all knowledge is learned from one school) 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.




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Office of Hawaiian Affairs


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was born of a collective and compassionate effort on the part of the delegates to the state Constitutional Convention of 1978. They spoke to a sense of justice, to the righting of wrongs suffered by the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands for exactly 200 years. The arrival of Captain Cook in Hawaiʿi had brought not only increased contact with the world beyond the islands’ pristine shores, but also diseases that devastated the native population, and a way of life that depressed the circumstances of those remaining.


Under the direction of nine trustees elected statewide, OHA has functioned operationally as both a government agency with a strong degree of autonomy, and as a trust. Unlike the Bishop Estate, the Queen Emma Foundation, the Queen Liliʿuokalani Trust, the Lunalilo Trust and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands—with their specific, respective purposes of education, medical care, children’s welfare, kūpuna care and homesteading—OHA has a much broader mandate. Its purpose is to provide the opportunity for a better life and future for all Hawaiians.