About Us


ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi

The Native Hawaiian Education Association (NHEA) is a private non-profit organization of Native Hawaiian educators. The organization was started in 1998 with its first convention on the island of Maui. Adapted after the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), NHEA facilitates a network of Hawaiian educators to attend to the various educational issues which challenge the Hawaiian population and is designed to be a self-sustaining umbrella organization for Hawaiian education and Hawaiian educators.

NHEA is a grassroots organization focused on supporting, encouraging, networking, collaborating and furthering the work of those tasked with the responsibility of educating our Native Hawaiian children. As an association, NHEA advocates an educational philosophy which acknowledges a Native Hawaiian perspective to teaching and learning in the 21st century.


Board Members:

Loea Akiona – President

Nahiwa Naki – Vice President

Bransen Zablan – Treasurer

Kuʻulei Miranda – Secretary


Email Address:


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1190

Wailuku, HI 96793

Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN):



Registration for the Native Hawaiian Education Association Conference this March 21 and 22, 2024 is now open! View details here. Register here.


2024 NHEA Conference Program

Location: Pāʻina Building, UH Maui College

Day One - Thursday, Mar 21, 2024
10:30 am - Check in
11:00 am - Wehena
EOY Ceremony
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Workshop 1
2:30pm - Workshop 2
3:30 - Panel discussion
4:30 pm - Pau Hana
Day Two - Friday, Mar 22, 2024
9:00 am - Keynote
10:00am - Workshop 3
11:00 am - Workshop 4
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - Hana Noʻeau
2:00 pm - Hana Noʻeau
3:00 pm - Hōʻike Presentation
4:00 pm - Panina