The STE Secondary Education, Kahalewaiho‘ona‘auao Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is grounded in our deep passion and commitment to creating an equitable and socially just society. We offer a transformative learning experience that prepares educators to develop deep wisdom for teaching rooted in place and community action as a foundation for sparking students’ wonder and imagination about how to live in the world. We prepare teachers who contribute to crafting schools and designing learning experiences that inspire and provide students with opportunities to develop agency to create a peaceful, democratic society.
Kahalewaihoʻonaʻauao is a place of learning where pedagogy is developed and teaching practices are refined. The metaphor of wai, fresh water, is used throughout the secondary program as a symbol of life and growth. Kahalewaihoʻonaʻauao honors our host culture as a symbol where life giving waters of knowledge flow forth. These waters of educational teachings and learning foster a sense of self in the field of education with our teacher candidates.
Ronald E. Bright Distinguished Alumnus
“There are not enough years in one’s life to give to people, to the community...”
Denise Mazurik Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education Student
“Hawaiʻi is unique and the significance of our people, place, culture, and values is woven through the fabric of the PBSCE program.”
Matthew Hawkins World Languages Student
"By studying second languages, we expand knowledge exponentially to include different modes of thinking, views of reality, and cultural practices."