Meet our amazing

teachers.

 
Director/Lead Teacher Miss Paula  has been working with children all her life. Raised on the Hamakua Coast and part of a family with 9 sisters and many nieces and nephews. Miss Paula has been here for over 10 years and enjoys the community family. Prior to joining KHONK, she has worked at Hawaii Community College Children’s Center, while pursuing her AS degree in Early Childhood Education, (2007). Since then she has worked here full time and juggled college to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, which she received in 2013. She is looking forward to attaining a Master’s degree in Special Needs Education. In her free time, she enjoys anything country and loves the outdoors. She is an adventure seeker and loves sports, hunting, ranching, riding quads, horse riding, kempo, crafts, DIY, fishing, diving, stand up paddle boarding and beach time. Miss Paula also has a small jewelry business; PawaniDesigns. She does not have any kids, but enjoys spending time with her nieces andnephews, her dogs and horses. She looks forward to another year full of keiki hugs, smiles, and laughter with her KHONK keiki, family and Community.

Director/Lead Teacher Miss Paula has been working with children all her life. Raised on the Hamakua Coast and part of a family with 9 sisters and many nieces and nephews. Miss Paula has been here for over 10 years and enjoys the community family. Prior to joining KHONK, she has worked at Hawaii Community College Children’s Center, while pursuing her AS degree in Early Childhood Education, (2007). Since then she has worked here full time and juggled college to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, which she received in 2013. She is looking forward to attaining a Master’s degree in Special Needs Education. In her free time, she enjoys anything country and loves the outdoors. She is an adventure seeker and loves sports, hunting, ranching, riding quads, horse riding, kempo, crafts, DIY, fishing, diving, stand up paddle boarding and beach time. Miss Paula also has a small jewelry business; PawaniDesigns. She does not have any kids, but enjoys spending time with her nieces andnephews, her dogs and horses. She looks forward to another year full of keiki hugs, smiles, and laughter with her KHONK keiki, family and Community.

Miss Aisley  has been enjoying her time here at KHONK since 2006. She’s enjoys meeting new keiki and Ohana, as well as welcoming back returning Ohana. Through the years, it’s been a delight and great reward guiding and watching children grow as they achieve many milestones, developing into independent learners and leaders. Miss Aisley attended Hawaii Community College where she obtained her AS Degee inearly Childhood Education. She plans on returning to UH to finish her BS degree in Psychology and certificate in Education. She was raised in Paauilo, and now resides in Honokaa with her husband Eric, daughter Aislyn and will be welcoming a new addition in 2018. During her free time, she enjoys gatherings with friends and family, volleyball, kempo, watching football, and crafts, as well as helping in Community efforts with her Ohana’s hui, HuiMau and HoAma after school program in Paauilo. She looks forward to many more years at KHONK.

Miss Aisley has been enjoying her time here at KHONK since 2006. She’s enjoys meeting new keiki and Ohana, as well as welcoming back returning Ohana. Through the years, it’s been a delight and great reward guiding and watching children grow as they achieve many milestones, developing into independent learners and leaders. Miss Aisley attended Hawaii Community College where she obtained her AS Degee inearly Childhood Education. She plans on returning to UH to finish her BS degree in Psychology and certificate in Education. She was raised in Paauilo, and now resides in Honokaa with her husband Eric, daughter Aislyn and will be welcoming a new addition in 2018. During her free time, she enjoys gatherings with friends and family, volleyball, kempo, watching football, and crafts, as well as helping in Community efforts with her Ohana’s hui, HuiMau and HoAma after school program in Paauilo. She looks forward to many more years at KHONK.

Miss Shyanne  has been at KHONK for about 3 years. She is currently attending Hawaii Community College Hilo pursuing her AS degree in Early Childhood Education, and hopefully move forward with her Bachelor’s. She likes being around children because she loves watching them learn and grow. The children puts a smile on her face throughout the day with the littlest things they do. They have so much energy and are a joy to be around! She has 3 boys of her own, two are KHONK graduates, and her youngest currently attends KHONK. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, fishing, racing dirt bikes and quads and cruising around the island. Miss Shyanne is grateful and looks forwards to another year at KHONK w/all the keiki and families.

Miss Shyanne has been at KHONK for about 3 years. She is currently attending Hawaii Community College Hilo pursuing her AS degree in Early Childhood Education, and hopefully move forward with her Bachelor’s. She likes being around children because she loves watching them learn and grow. The children puts a smile on her face throughout the day with the littlest things they do. They have so much energy and are a joy to be around! She has 3 boys of her own, two are KHONK graduates, and her youngest currently attends KHONK. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, fishing, racing dirt bikes and quads and cruising around the island. Miss Shyanne is grateful and looks forwards to another year at KHONK w/all the keiki and families.

Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.
— Dr. Maria Montessori

Mahalo to Our Founders

Kathleen Oshiro and
Patty Andrade-Stout

And, to Our Current Board of Directors

President
Wes Yamamoto

Vice President
Eileen Ching

Treasurer
Christine Ching

Board Member
Andrew Yanagi

Miss Keala  is our newest addition to the staff at KHONK. She is from the Puna side of the Big Island and has resided in Honokaa for three years with her finacee and his family. Together they have a two year old sonwho is also a student here at KHONK.  Ke’ala has an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Hawaii Community College as well as here CNA License. She may return to UH Hilo to continue her education and earn her Bachelor’s Degree in early Childhood Education.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and going home to Puna to help at her dad’s propane business. She has a passion for helping others and strives to be a good role model to her peers and the younger generation. She looks forward to getting to know each and every one of the students and is excited for the new school year as well as the opportunity to work with and learn from the KHONK Staff!

Miss Keala is our newest addition to the staff at KHONK. She is from the Puna side of the Big Island and has resided in Honokaa for three years with her finacee and his family. Together they have a two year old sonwho is also a student here at KHONK.

Ke’ala has an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Hawaii Community College as well as here CNA License. She may return to UH Hilo to continue her education and earn her Bachelor’s Degree in early Childhood Education.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and going home to Puna to help at her dad’s propane business. She has a passion for helping others and strives to be a good role model to her peers and the younger generation. She looks forward to getting to know each and every one of the students and is excited for the new school year as well as the opportunity to work with and learn from the KHONK Staff!

Aloha, My name is  Aretta Kuuipo Martin . I was born and raised in Laupahoehoe, where I currently reside. I graduated from Laupahoehoe High School in 2005. I attended college right away and went into the nursing program at Hawaii Community College. Life took me down many different paths, but it finally brought me back to college in 2016. I changed my major to Early Childhood Education. I found my calling, which is inspiring young minds. I graduated with my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education this past May 2019. I am extremely excited to begin my journey here at Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool. I am passionate about educating young children, because they are our future. In my free time I love spending quality time with my 10 year old daughter. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, and doing anything outdoors such as hiking, camping, riding four wheeler and exploring our island home.

Aloha, My name is Aretta Kuuipo Martin. I was born and raised in Laupahoehoe, where I currently reside. I graduated from Laupahoehoe High School in 2005. I attended college right away and went into the nursing program at Hawaii Community College. Life took me down many different paths, but it finally brought me back to college in 2016. I changed my major to Early Childhood Education. I found my calling, which is inspiring young minds. I graduated with my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education this past May 2019. I am extremely excited to begin my journey here at Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool. I am passionate about educating young children, because they are our future. In my free time I love spending quality time with my 10 year old daughter. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends, and doing anything outdoors such as hiking, camping, riding four wheeler and exploring our island home.

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