Service learning at Kalawao
Ethnomathematics faculty and students participating in service learning at Kalawao with the National Park Services

Mission & Vision


A Sense of Purpose. A Sense of Place. Preparing knowledgeable, effective, and caring educational leaders to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society.

The College of Education envisions a Native Hawaiian place of learning and teaching sustained by a collaborative community of educators who provide innovative research, teaching, leadership, and community engagement. We endeavor to further the field of education and prepare professionals to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society and to prioritize the educational well-being of the Native Hawaiian people and others across the Pacific through education. Our vision guides the direction and work of the college in and beyond lāhui Hawai‘i and is informed by tenets of aloha ʻāina, aʻo, mālama, ʻike Hawaiʻi, and pono, creating our sense of purpose and sense of place.


Preparing tomorrow’s teachers, educational leaders, researchers, exercise science professionals, athletic trainers, and counselors

Our mission is to collaborate as a professional community in three primary areas of responsibility or kuleana:

  • Teaching–prepare new educational professionals and provide on-going professional development in education
  • Research–increase the knowledge base in education and related fields through the production and application of educational research
  • Service–serve as partners and leaders for excellence in education and community engagement

COE’s Strategic Action Plan 2019-2024

Guiding Principles

  • Native Hawaiian Place of Learning and Teaching

    Commit to and actualize a Native Hawaiian place of learning and teaching.

  • Collaboration, Partnerships and Community

    Enrich student, faculty, and staff experiences by embedding collaboration and partnerships as fundamental principles in the delivery of high quality programs (internally, locally, and globally).

  • Innovate and Inspire

    Nurture a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, including the use of new and novel ways to advance equity and sustain excellence in teaching and learning. We inspire societal and extrinsic constructive change.

  • Research to Improve Educational Outcomes

    Commit to endeavors that innovate, improve, or influence the knowledge base of diverse learners who can contribute to a just society.