Our History

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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.

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.