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Aloha mai kākou,

We continue to finalize the conference agenda and are looking forward to returning to Maui for the 25th annual NHEA conference. This year's conference will be held on March 21 and 22 at UH Maui College. The first NHEA conference was hosted at Maui College, 25 years ago. Last year NHEA had a one day in person conference after being virtually held for 3 years. This year we return to our normal format of a two day conference.

The theme for this yearʻs conference is Hoʻoulu ʻia, Hoʻolau ʻia, Hoʻohua ʻia (to grow, mature, and produce) Building on Our Resilience to Sustain Community. The theme brings focus to the tragic wildfires that occurred on Maui and we look to them to learn about rebuilding and regenerating communities.

The manaʻo behind the graphic, from its kumu:

Grow, mature, and produce. Building on our collective resilience to sustain our community. Our community is sustained (grows, matures and produces) by aloha, ike, access to aina, water and so much more.

  • the ulu tree using the shape of the leaf and fruit as the base.
  • the older and younger generation with the honi, being a community, taking care of each other, sharing knowledge
  • fresh water resources in the top of the leaf with tributaries that flow to the sea and a healthy reef
  • mountain resources and lei
  • weaving traditions: weaving is a part of many traditional disciplines, this is a part of many Hawaiian innovations
  • kalo: connecting and maintaining connections to Haloa

Brief Agenda & Registration Infos

Our conference will start with keynotes by our Educators of the Year, the honorees have all supported the relief and rebuilding efforts in Lahaina. The second day program will include a student strand as NHEA's Hana Lima students join in on the conference activities. These students will be joining us after completing their 4 day career exploration courses. We hope to end the conference with a Hōʻike of Maui Mele performed by Maui Halau and artists.

Registration is now open. Please click on this link to register for this conference. To register, please complete the online form. We highly recommend using an email address only once for each registered person to prevent possible registration issues. The registration fee for this conference is $300 per person which includes the cost of attendance, conference materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Purchase orders, cash, checks, and credit/debit cards are accepted.

If you have questions or inquiries regarding this conference, please contact Wini Chung at or at 1-866-528-3353.


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