Joe Fraser, Ph.D.-Chief Academic Officer
Joe Fraser is an Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle and Director of Kaho`iwai - Center for Adult Teaching and Learning. His experiences include career and technical education in the Royal Australian Air Force (delivering the national aerospace curriculum), undergraduate, and graduate teaching and administration at Australian and American Universities. He held positions as adjunct faculty, tenured professor, Head of School, Dean of Education, and Pro Vice-Chancellor. His current employment is with Kanu o Ka `Äina Learning `Ohana managing the post-baccalaureate certificate of teaching. Qualifications include an Advanced Certificate in Vocational Training Systems, Associate Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal Studies and Community Adult Education), Master of Education (Adult), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Perspectives).
Noe Kirby-Academic Dean
Noe Kirby was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i, and is a graduate of the Hawaiian language immersion program of Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Keaukaha and Nāwahīokalani’ōpu’u. She is responsible for the academic programming of Kahoʻiwai. 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 with 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.
Sunny Aiona- Program Manager
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.
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.
Momi 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.
Ikaika Jenks Puaʻa
Ikaika Jenks Puaʻa currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for KALO's Kahoʻiwai Teacher Education Program. He was born and raised on the island of Molokai on the windswept plains of Hoʻolehua. He is a graduate of ʻO Hina i ka Malama Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, where he learned of the numerous moʻolelo and wahi pana of his beloved island through ka ʻōlelo makuahine, the Hawaiian language. In addition to his administrative duties, Ikaika also develops professional development opportunities for KALO staff and board members focused on Hawaiian language and culture.