Instructors

Our instructors enjoy blending online technologies with Hawaiian language and culture to give our haumana (students) a truly enriching experience. Scroll down to meet them!

A‘o Makua Instructors

Tiare Ahu
tiahu@ksbe.edu
Tiare Ahu is from the island of O'ahu, and graduated from Kamehameha Schools and from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a certificate in Hawaiian Language. She also graduated from Chaminade University with a Master of Education, specializing in Literacy.

Currently, she is working, one course at a time, towards my doctorate in Education. She started working with Distance Learning in 2003 as a member of the first Online Instructor Training Institute (OITI). She is an Academic Support Specialist at Kapālama's Student Support Center.

Lory Aiwohi  
loaiwohi@ksbe.edu
Lory Leilani Hsiao-Ling (Kim) Aiwohi teaches math at Kamehameha. She has a Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree from Walden University, and also graduated from the Online Instructors Training Institute.

She grew up on the moku of O'ahu in Mililani and graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. She is married and has four beautiful children. Her family lives on Maui on the shores of Waiehu, and as a family enjoy traveling, surfing, camping, soccer, singing and dancing. and just being together.

Keikioʻewa Kaʻōpua
kekaopua@ksbe.edu
Keiki Ka'ōpua is from the island of Oahu and holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from UH Mānoa. He has been involved in Hawaiian education for over 20 years, first at the Department of Education Hawaiian Studies (kupuna) and Immersion Programs and as a teacher at Ke Kula ‘o Samuel M. Kamakau LPCS.  He was also a Hawaiian language Instructor at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at UH-Mānoa. Currently he is a Hawaiian Cultural Specialist for Kamehameha Schools Internal Cultural Collaborations division under Hoʻokahua

Keiki enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include computers, researching Hawaiian history and genealogies, and learning languages.

Gina Malia Nobrega-Olivera
manobreg@gmail.com
Malia Nobrega-Olivera is proud to be from Hanapēpē Valley on the island of Kaua‘i. She is currently the Executive Director for Pacific Voices LLC which provides training sessions for indigenous communities to empower them to have a voice in their communities by using media and technology.

She loves spending time with her family especially her nieces and nephews. A cultural practice that Malia and her family continue to share with the younger generations is the art of making pa‘akai or Hawaiian salt, a tradition that is only found on the island of Kaua'i.

Ku‘uleipoinaole Makua
kumakua@ksbe.edu
Kuʻulei Makua is from Kaimukī, Oʻahu and currently lives in beautiful Waimānalo with her kāne (husband) and 3 wonderful kaikamahine (daughters).  Her foundation and passion in life is to mālama keiki (taking care of our children) through teaching and learning.  She has a BA in Hawaiian Language and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from UH Mānoa.

Ku‘ulei has been a K-12 classroom teacher and state resource teacher. At Kamehameha she is the Program Manager for Moenahā Site Program, a collaboration between Kamehameha Schools and Hawaiʻi Department of Education to develop and implement Hawaiian Culture Based Education.

Aaron Kānekawaiola Mersberg
aamersbe@ksbe.edu
Aaron Kānekawaiola Mersberg is an Educational Program Manager in the Kauhale Kīpaipai Department of Kamehameha Schools.  He works with public school educators to utilize culturally-appropriate ways with Hawaiian learners. He helped the DOE launch their e-school and began at Kamehameha Schools with the pilot and building of the Distance Learning program.

Aaron graduated from Kamehameha Schools and has a Bachelor's of Education in Secondary Language Arts from UH Mānoa.  He and his wife, Maria, have been passionate advocates and foster parents to medically-fragile infants since 2002, and adopted three of their foster children into their ‘ohana.

Kyle Kalani Soller
kysoller@ksbe.edu
Kalani Soller from Oʻahu, has BA in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Boise State.  A former immersion and Kapālama high school language kumu, he is currently with the ‘Āina-Based Education Department, helping to incorporate the ‘āina into the learning arena.
                             
Kalani and his ʻohana now reside in Hilo, where they enjoy getting in the ocean to surf, stand-up paddle or just to go swimming. “I am excited to continue my learning, broadening of my skills and lending my experiences to strengthen and fulfill the mission of our beloved Ke Aliʻi Pauahi.” 

A‘o Kumu Instructors

Brandy Cajudoy
brcajudo@ksbe.edu
Brandy Cajudoy received her AA in Liberal Arts at Maui Community College on Maui. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and a minor in Biology from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and a Master of Arts in Charter School Educational Leadership, as well as a Master in Education, with a focus on the National Teaching Certificate. She currently teaches at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus.

Brandy is married and has two children. They live on Maui.

Kassia Gann
kagann@ksbe.edu
Kassia Gann received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Pomona College and her Master of Education degree from Claremont Graduate University, in southern California. After completing her degree programs and teaching for a year in California, she moved back home to Maui. She currently teaches high school at Kamehameha Schools Maui.

Kassia also completed the Online Instructors Training Institute through Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and black lab.

 

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