Toni Marie Kaui

Toni Marie Mapuana Kaui is the Founder, Head of School, and Lead Learner of an independent competency-based high school in East Hawaiʻi. Nā Hunaahi perpetuates ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Native Hawaiian language) and Native Hawaiian cultural practices through design-based integrative STEAM curricula and in partnership with community organizations. Students solve design challenges addressing community needs while also supporting their achievement of educational competencies. Kaui values the development of creativity and imagination at the secondary level and demonstrates her commitment by modeling innovation in how she provides her school and its students with necessary resources on a meager budget. She champions increased computer science, cybersecurity, and information technology education and opportunities for underserved and underrepresented student populations and works toward achieving these goals as a Department of Defense STEM Ambassador and a Code.org AP CSP facilitator. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative STEM Education, a Master of Education in Private School Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.