Kuleana Academy Spring 2017 Graduates with HAPA Board President Gary Hooser and Program Manager Aria Juliet Castillo
(To learn about the Participants and their home islands click here.)

Are you interested in serving in public office?  
Do you know someone who would make a great public servant?  

Kuleana Academy is dynamic and collaborative. It builds the capacity of emerging leaders who have a strong desire to effectively serve the public. I am grateful  for the opportunity to learn about different views and  build a strong and diverse network with some of Hawai’i’s brightest leaders.  This program will drive positive change in Hawai’i.
— Sandra (Kau‘i) Pratt-Aquino, Esq., Attorney and graduate on O‘ahu

Kuleana Academy is designed to educate and train emerging leaders in Hawai‘i who have a desire to serve in public office through a three-part education: 

  • A well-rounded introduction to progressive issues in Hawai’i; 
  • Training in campaign fundamentals such as canvassing, campaign fundraising and reporting; and skills in speech and debate, media interviews, and social media; plus
  • Personal leadership development.

In addition, Academy participants meet with a cross-section of elected officials to learn about their experiences in running for, and serving in, public office. (Past speakers include former Governors Neil Abercrombie and John Wai`ehe, and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz).

HAPA is accepting applications now through July 1, 2017.
Participants will be evaluated and selected via a process that includes a of HAPA board members and Kuleana Academy Alliance Education Partners. Applicants will be chosen by August 1, 2017, and training weekends begin in September.  More information and application available at www.HAPAhi.org.

Spring 2017 Kuleana Academy participants with former Governor, Neil Abercrombie (center).

Spring 2017 Kuleana Academy participants with former Governor, Neil Abercrombie (center).

I have made life-long friends and family during my Kuleana Academy experience. Hawaii’s leaders are sworn to its Constitution and to sit below the great seal and motto, ‘Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Aina I Ka Pono’!   The Kuleana Academy teaches the ‘Pono’ way.
— Shane Sinenci, youth educator and graduate from Hana, Maui
What I enjoyed most about Kuleana Academy was meeting all of these people who genuinely care for Hawai’i and our communities. These are individuals who are willing, able and honored to accept their Kuleana. Participating in the HAPA program and getting to know the presenters and participants has given me great hope for our future.
— Heather Kimball, conservation biologist and graduate from Hawai’i Island

Kuleana Academy Alliance Education Partners include: