Our History

Our History2020-04-20T11:49:26-10:00

INPEACE Began Active Operations in 1994

In 1994, three visionary community-minded educators from Kauaʻi and Honolulu came together to create INPEACE. As Native Hawaiians, both Sherlyn and Alice brought unique perspectives to their mission. Partnering with Kathy, who had years of experience of her own in Native Hawaiian education, they forged a strong team committed to community and culture-based education.

The following core principles and beliefs that ground the agency to this day were developed over a period of days traveling together, sharing food, having extensive conversations, and putting in the work:

  1. Education will improve quality of life.
  2. Community partnerships are essential to the educational process.
  3. Communities have resources and assets.
  4. Communities have the right to self-determination.
  5. Culturally grounded experiences are essential to the educational process.
  6. Cultural strengths support education.

Our Founders

INPEACE was created by three founders, all of whom 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.

Dr. Kathryn H. Au

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 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 from 2009–2010. Her latest book is titled Multicultural Issues and Literacy Achievement (Erlbaum, 2006).

Dr. Au has served as 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 and the Oscar Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research presented by the NRC.

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Sherlyn Franklin Goo, M. Ed.

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.

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Dr. Alice Junco Kawakami

Dr. Alice Junco Kawakami is a retired full 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 for 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’s work has been published in more than a dozen journals and books.

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Interactive Timeline

Since its inception in 1994, INPEACE has had a rich history of growth and accomplishment. Visit our interactive timeline to learn more about INPEACE’s history, including the development of the programs, the organization’s roots, and the certifications and accomplishments INPEACE has achieved.

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Puakenikeni – A Flower Worth 1,000 Words

The INPEACE logo was designed by Dr. Alice J. Kawakami.

The puakenikeni blossom was chosen as the INPEACE logo because of its distinctive characteristics, including itʻs lovely fragrance and color, which transitions from pale ivory to vibrant orange over itʻs life-cycle. Puakenikeni can be found throughout the Pacific and is especially prized for its use in lei-making. Similarly, we hope for INPEACE to endure the storms of life, continue to grow, and evolve over time, embodying the values of Hawaiian culture, and providing programs worthy of becoming as cherished in our communities as lei given by dear friends.

The INPEACE logo also includes peace symbols, a reminder of the 1960s era that, in part, influenced the idealism and optimism of our three founders. We continually build our teams and programs on the same ideals, proudly honoring our logo every day.

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