Noe Kirby-Teacher Program Manager
Noekeonaona Kapuni-Reynolds was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i and is one of the first Hawaiian language immersion program students out of Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Keaukaha and Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u. She is responsible for the Kaho`iwai Teacher Programs (elementary and secondary). Noe received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and her B.A., in Hawaiian Studies from UH Hilo. As part of her personal philosophy, Noe wants her students to have an understanding of their relationships to their genealogy and ‘āina. As a teacher, her interest lies in the perpetuation of culture for all of Hawai’i’s students and their continued successes in personal growth and community engagement.
Dr. Kerri-Ann Hewett Fraser-Student Advisor
Dr. Kerri-Ann Kealohapauòle Hewett Fraser is currently in the position of Education Officer at Kamehameha Schools. She returned to Hawai`i from the Northern Territory of Australia where for five years she served as Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Teaching & Learning at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Prior to serving Aboriginal university students in Australia (2006 – 2010), Kerri-Ann began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in 1983 serving schools such as Bingham Tract School, Kamehameha Elementary School and the Kamehameha Intermediate Reading Program. She began her service at the University of Hawaiì at Manoa College of Education in 1991 as an Academic Advisor and then Assistant Professor in Teacher Education.
A 1976 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, Kerri-Ann completed her doctoral studies in 1998 and continued her work as Assistant Professor in the College of Education, UHM, working to recruit and mentor Native Hawaiians to become teachers of their own children. She founded the Kahoìwai Hawaiian Education Teacher Education Cohort in 2002 which was her doctoral dissertation come to life. This cohort enabled both Hawaiian and Western epistemologies to bridge in teacher education for Hawaiians.
Kaimipono is a long time English teacher with a passion for American and Pacific literature instruction from an indigenous Hawaiian perspective. Her research focus is on contemporary Native Hawaiian literature and Hawaiian Education. Kaimi has Masters of Arts in English and is the chair of English at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus. Kaimipono has entertained many roles related to school and post-secondary education and has a strong interest in indigenous education.
Born and raised on the Waianae Coast, Chantelle Belay is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultures from Whittier College, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. As a volunteer, she taught English as a Second Language to ninth and tenth graders. Returning home, she enrolled at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She went on to work with Native Hawaiians, first at Goodwill Industries and then at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and The Food Basket. In 2013, she began her current position as a teacher at Ka Waihona o Ka Na`auao Public Charter School. Chantelle completed a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP) with the Kaho`iwai Center for Adult Teaching and Learning and became a licensed teacher in Social Studies for grades 6-12 in the State of Hawaii. She then joined Kaho`iwai as a member of their instructional staff. Chantelle also serves on the Governing Board of Ka Waihona o Ka Na`auao Public Charter School.
Sunshine Aiona received a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from the University of Phoenix. She received Teacher Certification in Reading and English grades 6-12 from Kaho’iwai Center for Adult Teaching and Learning. Sunshine currently teaches reading intervention to students in grades K-2. She implements the multisensory learning approach to identify and address various learner needs. She is also a Course Instructor at the Kaho’iwai Center for Adult Teaching and Learning, which allows her to expand her professional experience with adult education. A strong advocate for cultural awareness and pride, Sunshine integrates community-based learning through her after-school club named the Pathfinders Hiking Club. She also currently serves as a Board Member for Friends of Honouliuli, which oversees the preservation of native Hawaiian plants, animals, and sites of cultural significance in the ahupua’a of Honouliuli.
Azure Dee Leimomi Paaluhi Kawelo received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu followed by a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Reading from the University of Phoenix. For the past 13 years, Azure has been an educator for Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao, PCS., where through numerous specialized training and an Orton-Gillingham certification, her instructional focus has diligently remained on students with learning differences and disabilities. The completion of the Kaho’iwai Teacher Certification Program has allowed Azure to become a State of Hawaii Teacher in English 6-12 and Reading 6-12. Joining the Kaho’iwai Instructional Staff has provided additional opportunities for professional, academic, and personal growth in adult education.
Shannon Sagapolutele is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon; she moved home and accepted a job with the YMCA as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Shortly thereafter she began working as a Mental Health Treatment Counselor and begin her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Program. Before graduating, she accepted of position as an Assistant Federal Probation Officer. Since then, she has held positions that range from being a stay-at-home mom to an Administrative Director. In 2013, she began her current position as an instructor at Ka Waihona O Ka Na’auao. In October of 2016, she completed her state-approved teacher education program through Kaho’iwai and received her certification to be a full-fledged teacher.
Ana is a cultural practitioner and provides mentoring and cultural support to Kaho'iwai.