Kawaikini faculty and staff

The Staff

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Kumu Alakaʻi (Lead Teachers)

  • DSCF4375Kumu Namomi McCorriston currently works as a Kumu Alakaʻi for Kawaikini’s papa 2. She has taught preschool at Pūnana Leo o Kauaʻi as well as grades K-1 at the Kaiapuni elementary school level. Kumu Namomi holds a BA degree in Hawaiian Studies from Brigham Young University Hawaiʻi, where she also served as the President of the Hawaiian Club. She is a dedicated educator with a passion for teaching Hawaiian culture and language. Kumu Nāmomi is fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
  • Kumu Lei Wann is the Kumu Alakaʻi for Papa 3. She holds a Bachelors in Anthropology and a Certificate of Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kumu Lei also received a a Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Kumu Lei has previously worked at Kawaikini, as well as Hoʻopuka Learning Center, and Kamehameha Schools. Kumu Lei has 2 keiki, one whom attends Kawaikini. Kumu Lei is fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
  • Kumu Kanani Durant is the Kumu Pili Kanaka –  Papa 7-12. Kumu Kanani was also a  Substitute Teacher in 2014-15 and the  Kumu `Epekema – Papa 7-12 in 2015-16.
  • Kumu Uluwehi Torio is the Kumu Alakaʻi for Papa 5. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Kumu Uluwehi is a former student of Kula Kaiapuni o Kapaʻa. She is a graduate of Kapaʻa High School and recently obtained her Masters of Education degree from the University of Phoenix. Kumu has previously worked in preschools and volunteered at Kula Kaiapuni o Kapaʻa. She is fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
  • Kumu Kaliko Goo is the Kumu Alaka`i for Papa 4. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. She continued her education in the Hālau Wānana Teacher Education Program under KALO in Kamuela, HI. Kumu Kaliko is a graduate of Pāhoa High School. She has previously worked as an Education Assistant at Kua o ka Lā PCS and Kanu o ka ʻAina PCS on Hawaiʻi island. She was also a Kumu Kākoʻo at Pūnana Leo o Hilo and has held various other jobs. She has 1 child. Kumu Kaliko is fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
  •  Kumu Wahineu`i Waiamau is the Kumu Makemakika – Papa 7-12 and began in 2015-16 school year.
  •  Kumu Healani Emmick is the Kumu Kinana (Special Education) / Student Services Coordinator and began at Kawaikini in July 2015.
  • Kumu Nico Dollar is the Kumu `Epekema – Papa 7-12. Kumu Nico began at Kawaikini in July 2016.
  • Kumu Tu`u Goo is the Kumu`Olelo Hawai`i – Papa 7-12. Kumu Tu`u began at Kawaikini in July 2016.
  • Kumu Kawena Bagano is the Kumu Alaka`i – Papa Malaa`o. Kumu Kawena began at Kawaikini in July 2016 as Kumu Kokua for Papa 1-3.

Kumu Kōkua (Educational Assistants)

  • Kumu Kawaiʻolu Torio has been a Kumu Alakaʻi, Kumu Kōkua and Kumu Pani Hakahaka (substitute teacher) since 1992, beginning in Kula Kaiapuni in 1992 until the present. Kumu Kawaiʻolu has an Associates Degree in Specialized Business from the ICM School of Business in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Rochester High School, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Kumu Kawaiʻolu has worked at various positions including being an office manager and a computer operator. Kumu Kawaiʻolu is known as the Singapore Math Kumu, having done many of the Math Nights at Kawaikini. She is also the mother of two children, including Kumu Uluwehi. Kumu Kawaiʻolu is fluent in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
  • Kumu Kaleilehua Victor Kumu Kokua, is a current student at Kaua`i Community College.
  • Kumu Keani Mayer – Kumu Kokua, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies and has returned to Kawaikini in 2017.

Other Kumu

Office Staff

  • KBristolʻAnakē Keʻala Bristol serves as the school’s Student Administrative Services Assistant (SASA). Keʻala studied Journalism and Public Relations at Hawaiʻi Pacific University in Honolulu. While earning her degree, she took four semesters of Hawaiian language. Keʻala lives in Puhi with her husband and her two keiki. She is excited to play a role in the conservation of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and loves to hear Hawaiian language daily in the workplace!
  •  `Auli`i Herrod is the Office Assistant and began in November 2015. She is an alumnus of Kawaikini ’13.
  •  `Anake Terri Russell is the new School Operations Supervisor beginning in 2017. She was the Part-time Accounts Clerk from September 2016.

Other Staff

  • KW04348‘Anakala George Jackson holds a trade certificate from San Francisco City College, San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Kahuku High School. ʻAnakala George, as he is affectionately known, is the bus driver for the North Shore bus. He has his CDL license and previously worked on Oʻahu for Gomes Bus Service for eight years and other transportation companies. He was also the Housing Maintenance Supervisor for eight years at Brigham Young University at Lāʻie, Hawaiʻi.
  • ʻAnakala Richard Chaffee is the Custodian/General Maintenance person. He began at Kawaikini in January 2015 as a part-time groundskeeper. As of July 1, 2015, he was hired as the full-time Custodian/General Maintenance person. `Anakala Richard is the father of Kumu Cate, who was the secondary math teacher at Kawaikini.

Poʻo Kumu

  • DSCF4380Kumu Malia ‘Alohilani Rogers is the Academic Director K-12. She has taught in the field of Hawaiian language education for over 14 years, where she has taught at the elementary, middle school, adult education and community college level. She has helped develop and translate materials used in the Hawaiian language education program. Kumu ʻAlohilani has a BA in Hawaiian Language from the University of Hawaiʻi and certification in elementary education. She is currently working on a Masters in Public Charter School Administration. She is also on the Board of Directors of ʻAha Punana Leo. Her goal is to see the revitalization of the Hawaiian Language and culture here in Hawaiʻi through the education of our kamaliʻi, with a specific emphasis on Kauaʻi. She enjoys spending time with her ʻohana and reading, especially stories and articles from old Hawaiian Language newspapers and books.

Poʻo Kula (Principal)

  • Poʻo Jessell M. Kalae Tanaka is the Poʻo Kula (Principal) of Kawaikini beginning May 2017. She holds a Bachelorʻs degree in Psychology and Masterʻs degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her prior experience includes managing operations of a center for child abuse, facilitating inter-agency team work and improving systems related to responses to child abuse. She was born and raised on Hawaiʻi Island and cherishes her time with family. Jessell is excited to be a part of Kawaikini and Hawaiian culture based education.    

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