Our Founders have an extensive history working in the education field in Native Hawaiian communities.

Dr. Kathryn H. Au, Sherlyn Franklin Goo, M.Ed. and Dr. Alice J. Kawakami founded INPEACE in 1994. The three founders have an extensive history working with Native Hawaiian children and issues influencing their educational achievement. These influences include culturally appropriate teaching methodologies and the holistic well-being of Native Hawaiian children and their families.

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Dr. Kathryn Au has served on the INPEACE Board of Directors since the organization's inception. She is Chief Executive Officer of SchoolRise, LLC and was the first person to hold an endowed chair in education at the University of Hawaiʻi. A member of the Reading Hall of Fame, Dr. Au served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association (IRA) from 1998-2001 and served as President in 2009-10. Her latest book is titled Multicultural Issues and Literacy Achievement (Erlbaum, 2006).

Dr. Au has been President of the National Reading Conference (NRC) and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She received the first National Scholar Award presented by the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education, the Oscar Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research presented by NRC.

Sherlyn Goo served as both Executive Director and Chairman of the Board when INPEACE began. Under her leadership, INPEACE has emerged from a grassroots community-based organization into a force that serves thousands of Native Hawaiians in their communities.

Ms. Goo has been honored with two prestigious awards: the Ke Kukui Mālamalama Award, an Honor of Excellence in Hawaiian Education by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the University of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa College of Education's Recognition Dinner to Celebrate Partnerships in Education, a special recognition of INPEACE's Ka Lama O Ke Kaiaulu Teacher Initiatives on the Leeward Coast.

Dr. Alice Junco Kawakami is the Program Director for Kūkuluao & Ka Lama Education Academy, a teacher recruitment and retention program. Dr. Kawakami is a tenured associate professor of education and the former Director of the Hawaiʻi Institute for Educational Partnerships at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Dr. Kawakami has been awarded the Kamehameha Schools Native Hawaiian Educator of the Year 2005 and a travel grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to present ongoing research on indigenous perspectives on educational research and evaluation. Dr. Kawakami has been published in more than a dozen journals and books.