Quality. Choice. Community. for Hawai'i Public Education
Aloha, HPCSN is a non-profit organization created to ensure that our schools receive the support they need to provide an excellent education for their students. As a mother of students who attended Voyager Public Charter School, I learned firsthand how dedicated the principals and educators of Hawaii's public charter schools are and witnessed their aloha in action as they have gone to great lengths to provide a better education for their students and the families they serve. Hawaii public charter school leaders are empowering the community and bringing them into public education in direct and meaningful ways. They are offering families true choice in public education and through their commitment to quality, they are raising the bar for all of Hawaii's schools. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for learning how you too can help support charter school students and improve the quality of education in our state. Mahalo,
We believe that charter schools in Hawaii benefit from a network and an organization through which they can communicate amongst each other, assist government agencies in their efforts to ensure the success of charter schools, advocate for individual schools and a successful charter school system, provide and facilitate the delivery of support services, promote research-based best practices and educational reform, educate the general public about charter schools, and promote their common purposes.
Through lokahi for our children and community, the purpose of HPCSN shall be to enable, support, and unify charter schools and the charter school sector in the State of Hawaii. The activities of The Network shall include linking charter schools in the State of Hawaii to each other and to the charter efforts in other states, providing information and services to schools and individuals interested in establishing or improving the performance of charter schools in Hawaii, promoting and conducting research on educational reform, serving as a “vendor” for services needed by charter schools, and promoting partnerships with businesses and organizations for both the Network and its member schools.
HPCSN advocates and supports quality public charter schools in Hawaii. HPCSN does not engage in political activities and does not endorse the views of any political candidates or affiliated parties. For information about public charter schools, please contact us.
HPCSN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Caluya (President)
Daniel Caluya is director/principal of Na Wai Ola Public Charter School. He also served as president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association, Hilo Hawaii Lions Club, Hilo Hawaii Rotary Club, Air Force Sergeants Association and Harvard University Principal’s Center. Before beginning his education career as a social studies teacher and later a school principal, the Honolulu native served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. His deployments included Hawaii, California, Texas, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, the Philippines, El Salvador, American Samoa, Grenada and Honduras. Caluya holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in occupational education. In his spare time he enjoys reading non-fiction books, exercising outdoors, listening to music and following professional sports and University of Hawaii athletics. He has two children and four grandchildren.
Patricia Brandt (Vice President)
In addition to working with clients through her independent consulting business, Patricia Brandt serves as chief executive officer of Innovations Development Group and executive director of Na Kupa’a o Kuhio. She launched the first micro-loan program for businesses in the state as executive director of the Immigrant Center of Hawaii, and is a board member for the Nanakuli Housing Corporation and Mutual Housing Association. Brandt specialized in Hawaiian and education issues for the administrations of Governors George Ariyoshi and John Waihee III. She worked a total of 25 years in state government, including positions with the Department of Education, Department of Human Resources Development and Hawaii State Judiciary. In her spare time she serves as a mediator/facilitator for Mediation Center of the Pacific.
Miki Tomita (Secretary)
Born and raised on Maui and a product of Hawaii’s public school system, Miki Tomita is a firm believer in quality public education. She has worked at University Laboratory School Public Charter School (ULS) for more than a decade as a teacher, researcher, innovator and service-learning coordinator, and now serves as dean of curriculum and instruction. Trained as a biosystems engineer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Tomita is a strong supporter of place-, culture- and project-based education and environmental activism. After completing her Ph.D. with Stanford University’s School of Education, Tomita returned to Hawaii with a commitment to helping public schools develop their innovative approaches to education. She also serves as president of the Hawaii state chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an honor society dedicated to supporting research, service and leadership in education.
Will Hancock (Treasurer)
Will Hancock is executive director of the Lei Ho’olaha community development financial institution and chief administrative/executive officer of the organization’s board of directors. He oversees day-to-day administrative and management matters, including oversight of the lending and business counseling functions, financial performance and long-range strategy, program development and implementation. Hancock is also senior advisor for KALO, a Lei Ho’olaha sponsoring organization, where he advises the capital campaign, annual fundraising, board governance, accreditation and complex financial matters. His prior experience includes serving as associate director of NBOA, a national association for independent school business managers; and as chief financial officer for Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He has been active with many local community organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Easter Seals, North Hawaii Hospital and North Hawaii Hospice and is currently serving as a board member of Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Oceanic Community Health.
Born and raised on Oahu, Wendy Lagareta has 30 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education in both public and private settings, including serving as chief educational officer of Waialae Elementary Public Charter School for the past eight years. Lagareta has a passion for environmental education, emphasizing the outdoors as a learning lab for students. She served on the Charter School Review Panel from 2008 to 2011.
Kaulana Park is senior vice president and director of community and business development at American Savings Bank in Hawaii. He has extensive experience in top-level management, goal setting, business development, human resource management and strategic planning. Park made a significant contribution to easing the housing crisis in Hawaii, having spearheaded the H.E.A.R.T. government housing initiative in 2006 and serving for more than seven years as chairman and director of the Hawaiian Homes Commission at the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. In his spare time he enjoys coaching and assisting youth, fitness conditioning and playing golf and basketball.
Pono Shim is the president and CEO Enterprise Honolulu, Oahu Economic Development Board. He’s a gifted storyteller who uses illustrations rather than concepts to connect with audiences. He was selected as one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 2010 20 for 20, identified as one of Hawaii’s top 20 Break Out Leaders for the Next 20 Years. In 2012 Pono successfully led the efforts of Punawai O Puuhonua’s New Market Tax Credit Application and was awarded a $40 Million allocation for Economic Development in Low Income Communities for Hawaii.
Pono currently serves on more than 15 Non-Profit Boards, For-Profit, Task Force, or Advisory Boards. Including the Friends of Iolani Palace, University of Hawaii West Oahu Advisory Board, Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Steering Committee, Hawaii Economic Development Task Force, Chamber of Commerce Public Health Fund Advisory Board, Malama Hawaii Advisory Board, Manehu Leo, Governing Board Member of Punawai ‘O Pu’uhonua, Envision Hawaii Advisor, Pa’I Foundation Advisory Board, and PUC IRP Advisory Group Member. Pono is a leader who is working to bridge the members of our community.