Dr. Kanoe Nāone, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Kanoe Nāone is the current chief executive officer of the Institute for Native Pacific Education & Culture (INPEACE), where she is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the statewide Native Hawaiian agency, and she leads all program development, fund development, and reporting activities. Through her leadership, INPEACE is able to effectively serve high-need Native Hawaiian communities through early childhood education, workforce development, and Hawaiian language and cultural programs.
Dr. Nāone is passionate about grassroots common sense solutions to complex issues by determining root causes and relying upon indigenous knowledge. She consistently promotes these homegrown solutions to community issues through her publications and her local, national, and international advocacy and conference presentations. She is excited to use data to overcome mainstream marginalizing practices that undermine success in Native Hawaiian communities.
Dr. Nāone serves on several leadership boards. She is a member of the Alliance for Families and Children Early Education Policy Committee, the Kamehameha Publishing Board, and the Be My Voice Hawaiʻi Leadership Council. She also sits on The Learning Coalition’s advisory board. Prior to her work with INPEACE, Dr. Nāone worked as the community relations and development director for Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Family Learning Centers and the executive director of The Pa Lehua Project on the Big Island. Before that, she taught for five years in the Department of Education’s Hawaiian Immersion program.
Dr. Nāone and her husband Danton have four children: Nicole, Ka’ikena, Kūpa’a, and ‘Ālika.