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Whether you’re interested in learning more about teaching in Hawai`i, have questions about our districts and schools, are wondering about island living, or would like help as you navigate the application process, HIDOE’s Ambassadors are here to offer you their wealth of knowledge, resources and support.

Luke Kahawai

Luke Kahawai

  • Island: Kauai
  • District: Kauai
  • Position: Physical Education (PE)
Kauai is a small community and it's that family atmosphere that makes working on Kauai so great.
Luke's Advice
Sheena Carmela Juliano

Sheena Carmela Juliano

  • Island: Oahu, Kauai
  • District: Honolulu
  • Position: STEM Teacher
I believe the HIDOE greatest strength is providing networking opportunities between teachers through various PDs
Sheena's Advice
Lorna Baniaga-Lee

Lorna Baniaga-Lee

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Leeward
  • Position: English Teacher
From my experiences with Campbell-Kapolei Complex, they care about their teachers and their school.
Lorna's Advice
Verona Holder

Verona Holder

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Central
  • Position: 5th Grade General Education Teacher
My complex is known for their athletic programs and Advanced Placement courses.
Verona's Advice
Lydia Haff

Lydia Haff

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Leeward
  • Position: 9th Grade English
The students here have a strong sense of community. They understand the importance of family and the need to help and seek support from others.
Lydia's Advice
Jen Evans

Jen Evans

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Honolulu
  • Position: 3rd Grade
I enjoy that these young students have such caring hearts. My students have all found ways to give back to the community in unique ways.
Jen's Advice
Brad Kusunoki

Brad Kusunoki

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Central
  • Position: School Counselor
Diversity, every student is different in many ways and each brings a different perspective to the school.
Brad's Advice
Clint Labrador

Clint Labrador

  • Island: Molokai
  • District: Maui
  • Position: 5th and 6th grade Special Education Teacher
I think the Hawaii Dept. of Education's greatest strength is the sense of Aloha.
Clint's Advice
Michelle Fujie

Michelle Fujie

  • Island: Lanai
  • District: Maui
  • Position: High School Math Teacher
Aloha and Connectedness, we all share a passion and love of educating and provide opportunities for our students.
Michelle's Advice
Jennifer Rikert

Jennifer Rikert

  • Island: Maui
  • District: Maui
  • Position: Full Release Special Education Mentor and Autism Team RT
The autonomy that each school has is empowering and it brings an individual culture to each school.
Jennifer's Advice
Amy Pankowski

Amy Pankowski

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: 3rd Grade Special Education/Inclusion
Our biggest strength is our resilience and helping nature. We are known for the Lava.
Amy 's Advice
Kristal Blacksmith

Kristal Blacksmith

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: Middle School Science
Our school is known to be small and personalized, we make sure our students get what they need.
Kristal's Advice
Adrean Floro

Adrean Floro

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: Student Services Coordinator & RTI Lead
The greatest strength of the HIDOE is the awareness of the Hawaiian culture and acceptance of diversity.
Adrean's Advice