Our Workforce Development program strengthens our community through education and supports those who have chosen an educator career path.


Impact Statement

In 2015, we graduated 11 individuals with a Child Development Associate certificate, 18 with an associate’s degree, one with a bachelor’s degree, and two with a master’s certificate in early education. We were also honored to support one teacher in achieving National Board Certification. This has resulted in a social return on investment of $6.9 million into the pockets of community members over the next twenty years, with increased wages as a result of degree attainment.

About the Program

Educators are the backbone of any institution of learning. Conveniently located in the Community Learning Center at Māʻili, Kūlia & Ka Lama Education Academy (KKLEA) works with community members who want to be teachers in their communities. This is a growing model that supports the social and economic well-being of the community. KKLEA works to overcome the inequity that exists in schools for which the teachers don’t reflect the community.

If you are wondering what happened to Kūlia I Ka Pono and why the word Kūlia precedes Ka Lama Education Academy, we merged our two workforce development programs into one in October 2014 to provide stronger support and continuity for our participants.

Become a teacher on the Waiʻanae Coast today.

INPEACE Has a Wide Range of Support to Help You Achieve Your Objectives

We are committed to improving the academic performance and outcomes of Native Hawaiians and providing a supportive environment that contributes to the total well-being of our communities and the families who reside in them. We are unwavering in our determination to recruit members from within our communities who have a desire to attend college and become P–12 educators. We arm these educators with the skills and knowledge to navigate the higher education system and provide support around overcoming barriers to success, financial aid, scholarships, financial literacy, and networking.

“We empower individuals to become and remain teachers in their community.”

Individuals who are from the Oʻahu’s Waiʻanae Coast and are pursuing a degree in the education field are eligible for this program.

Contact us at (808) 696-5556 to enroll.

Our Funders

This program is funded by the USDOE Native Hawaiian Education Program, ACF’s Administration for Native Americans, Kamehameha Schools, Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, The Atherton Foundation, and James and Abigail Campbell Family Foundation.

Success Stories

“Kūlia and Ka Lama Education Academy assisted me by guiding me in the right steps…

Going to school was a task in itself, but knowing that a counselor who knew where I was coming from was there for me, it eased the situation. The Academy also helped me overcome one of the biggest barriers, finding money to pay for my education. They helped me find money through scholarships, reminded me about deadlines, and provided school materials when I financially could not afford it.”
-Leihōkū Elementary School teacher