The College of Education (COE) in Hawaii provides an excellent learning environment for those interested in education, particularly those related to Hawaiian culture. During my studies, I had the opportunity to explore culture-based education and indigenous pedagogy, which motivated me to think about educational programs for Okinawans. Unlike public schools, which are funded by state and federal taxes and other public funds, private schools in Hawaii usually require tuition fees that parents must pay. Other sources of funding for the operation of the school are usually obtained through charitable contributions.
All public and charter schools receive an equitable amount of funding per student and are regulated by the Hawaii Board of Education. Despite differences in their educational programs, Hawaii's charter schools are subject to the same accountability structures as traditional Hawaiian public schools. Pua Kaai, principal of Kapalama High School, was inspired to pursue higher education after reading Jaimie's chapter, Educating for a Sustainable Future, from the book Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. This book has been awarded 14 education awards in the past ten years, including awards from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Bishop Museum, the Society of Military Engineers of the United States, Chevron Hawaii, and the National Association of Science Teachers. It can now add the prestigious Milken Educator Award to its growing list. When it comes to selecting a private school for your child, it is essential to consider their individual needs and learning styles.
I want all high school students in Hawaii to have access to classes or be exposed to some type of sustainable education as part of their science curriculum. To ensure that this happens, I believe that parents should be aware of the various educational options available in Hawaii and should be encouraged to take an active role in their children's education.