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

Kūlia and Ka Lama Education Academy (KKLEA) is a “grow your own teacher” program that empowers Native Hawaiian community members to become teachers in their own community. With a focus on recruiting, supporting, and retaining Native Hawaiian educators, KKLEA’s work addresses disparities in education by providing year-round support and incentives to community members who are already teachers or who are trying to become teachers and are currently attending or interested in college. Services include scholarships and financial aid, textbook reimbursements, academic and career coaching, Praxis test prep and support, culture and place-based education workshops, and substitute teaching support.

Research shows that teacher quality and cultural competence make a big difference in student educational outcomes, and this is especially true in indigenous populations and communities of color. KKLEA simultaneously addresses diversity in the teaching profession — addressing the cultural mismatch between teachers and students — while ensuring that teachers are better credentialed and educated in techniques and strategies to effectively reach and teach the Native Hawaiian student population.

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