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KŌKUA

for education

Friends of HTA Foundation

Kōkua: to help, aid

Education is the work of many. As the saying goes, it takes a village. At HTA, we are grateful for the support of the non-profit Friends of HTA Foundation. FoHTA helps us financially as we strive to support the students who will become the thinkers and creators who shape our future. HTA’s Community & Student Engagement Coordinator, Kaleo Ramos, explains the Hawaiian concept of kōkua that he grew up with. “The literal meaning of kōkua is to ‘help’ or ‘assist.’ However the meaning goes much deeper. To kōkua someone is to be an extension of yourself to that person, without thinking that you will be compensated or reimbursed for your time. You help that person because it is your desire to do so. However, in keeping with the dualistic nature of Hawaiians, they also believe that the extension of your kōkua will be remembered. What you give, you will receive in return. As the saying goes: ‘Kōkua aku, kōkua mai.’ Help and be helped.” This couldn’t be truer for education.
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WAYS TO KŌKUA

Capital & Endowment Giving

HTA's capital priorities:

New learning spaces and labs

Facilities upgrades

Technology upgrades

Professional development for educators

Career-based learning programs

Planned Giving

IRA/Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations

Charitable Lead Trusts

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Gift Annuities

Bequests

Assets 

Funding or resources for community programs

FUND an innovative academic program, or student transportation for travel to learning opportunities.

PROVIDE experts and resources for place-based learning, career connections, or internships.

FOUNDATION MEMBERS

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DAVID SUN-MIYASHIRO • PRESIDENT
David is the founding executive director of HawaiiKidsCAN, a non-profit organization that partners with families and community members to promote education innovation and equity in Hawai‘i. His community board service is wide ranging and he has served on numerous education department stakeholder groups. David is an alumnus of the Weinberg Fellows program and PIE Network Leadership Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and master’s degrees from the University of Hawai‘i and Harvard Graduate School of Education. His wife, Amy, is a middle school math teacher on our Waipahu campus.
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ROYA MAROUFKHANI DENNIS • VICE PRESIDENT
Roya is the high school global education programs director for the Pacific & Asian Affairs Council. She works to inspire high school students to become more aware of global issues, and their influence and impact through local action projects. Roya has worked in public education at the high school and community college levels, teaching English and communications and developing workforce and internship programs. Roya holds a bachelor’s in English, a master’s in curriculum, and a post-secondary certification in secondary education for English from UH-Mānoa.
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AARON DOMINGO • TREASURER
Aaron is the managing director and financial advisor at Westpac Wealth Partners. He was born and raised in Honolulu, where he attended Kamehameha Schools’ Kapālama Campus. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis on music business production.
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CORI GRUNENWALD • SECRETARY
Cori is an associate attorney at Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, a Law Corporation, and focuses her practice on commercial and real estate law. Prior to attending law school, Cori taught math at James Campbell High School while co-advising the Mock Trial Team and Math Team. She currently serves on the Teach for America Hawai‘i Alumni Advisory Board and is passionate about providing students with equitable education opportunities. Cori holds a bachelor’s in political science from UH-Mānoa, a master’s in education from Chaminade University, and juris doctorate from the George Washington University Law School.
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RAVEN HARTOG-HALL
Raven Hartog-Hall is Hawai‘i branch manager of Aqua Home Loans, where she is passionate about helping her clients find the best deals on purchases and refinances. She is equally passionate about supporting youth in the community and she started a non-profit designed to help youth achieve their goals. Raven’s volunteer work has centered around education and soccer. She is currently president of Maui’s non-profit 808 Goals, Inc, and a team manager for Albion SC Hawai‘i Soccer Club. She is also a dedicated Learning Coach for her two children who attend HTA’s Kīhei campus.
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ZEPHANII SMITH EISENSTAT
Zephanii Smith Eisenstat is program manager at Ceeds of Peace and a faculty lecturer at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace. Her public service career includes political appointments in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Zephanii holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Claremont McKenna College and a master’s in educational administration and leadership from the University of the Pacific in her hometown of Stockton, Calif. In collaboration with academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide, she works to increase civic engagement and elevate youth participation in both democratic and diplomatic processes.
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NOELLE ZIMDAHL
With a background in finance, Noelle has worked within the private school community for the last several years. She serves as a facilitator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute in Hawai‘i and is on the advisory committee of the Hawai‘i Family Engagement Center. Noelle is passionate about contributing to growth within Hawai‘i’s education system and increasing equitable access for all, especially within the special education community. Noelle’s children attend HTA’s Waipahu campus, where she has previously served on the HTA ‘Ohana Committee.
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KIM COOK
Kim is vice president of clinical services for U.S.VETS, where she oversees the clinical services being provided at the organization’s 12 U.S. locations. Kim received her Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University-Hawai‘i. Born and raised on O‘ahu, Kim has been recognized for her leadership within her community. She is a VIP member for the National Association for Professional Women, a member of the ‘Ewa Beach Rotary Club, on the board of the ‘Ewa Community Service Corporation, and is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach.
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MATT ZITELLO
Matt is HTA’s Interim Executive Director and serves as a school liaison to FoHTA. Matt has spent nearly a quarter of a century in Hawai‘i’s education system. He started as a middle school science teacher at ‘Aiea Intermediate before joining HTA as a science teacher and, later, as a member of HTA’s administration team. Matt believes each student’s needs are unique and that school should accommodate those needs to help every student find their own path to success.
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