Education Institute of Hawaii
An Independent Catalyst for Improving Public Education in Hawaii

Vision & Mission


To educate, inform, and inspire all stakeholders through research studies, forums, partnerships, and community networks; to advocate for lasting system reform that is based on the tenets of school empowerment.


  • An exemplary Hawaii public education system.


  • To serve as an education think tank that educates and inspires all stakeholders to promote empowerment and innovation in all schools.

Core Beliefs

  • A school empowerment system requires a philosophical shift.  There become only two categories of workers: those who work directly with the students, and those who support the efforts of those who work directly with students.  In short, everyone's primary job is to ensure a quality education for every child.

  • Hawaii’s public school teachers, principals and other administrators are competent professionals, fully committed to facilitating an outstanding education for every child.

  • An unacceptable number of children and educators are not thriving in the current system.

  • Top-down and one-size-fits-all instructional policies prevent teachers and principals from addressing the unique needs of students.

  • Improvements in the education system are lasting only if school personnel participate fully, feel ownership, and accept the responsibility that goes with ownership. 

  • Changes to the education system must include and engage a wide range of stakeholders - parents, students and community.