The Human and Civil Rights Committee works to support and nurture diversity and equity in our multifaceted community, encourage member engagement in racial and social justice issues to promote non-discriminatory spaces for educators and learners, and support members’ ability to stand up for and speak out on behalf of students and their community.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

On this day, we reflect upon the principles of interracial cooperation, equality, and social change through nonviolent resolution of conflict, dedication to global peace, social justice, economic security, and the eradication of poverty. HSTA participates in annual parades on Oahu and Maui.

Pride parades

HSTA is proud to take part in events that celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ community and the cultural diversity of our island home.

  • Kauai Pride Parade – Saturday, June 22, 2019 | Photos
  • Honolulu Pride Parade – Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

Social Justice Summit

Every year, HSTA hosts a Social Justice Summit on Oahu to empower educators to address issues in their communities, such as LGBTQ, homelessness, abuse, and suicide prevention. This event is free and open to the public. | More


Friend of Youth Award

This award recognizes an outstanding individual who works to support Hawaii's youth. Nominees must be involved in a youth-oriented activity outside of his or her professional duties, dedicate time and service to this cause, and demonstrate significant impact on youth.

Nominations for our 2020 award are due Jan. 10, 2020. | Download a nomination form

Pono Award

This award recognizes an exceptional member who advocates on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators, and the community. Nominees must be principal organizers of campaigns or actions, and must be active HSTA members with at least two years of membership and in good standing. The recipient of this award will be submitted as HSTA's nominee to the National Education Association Social Justice Activist Award.

Nominations for our 2020 award are due Jan. 10, 2020. | Download a nomination form


School breakfast programs

HSTA is assisting in efforts to increase the number of schools that participate in Breakfast After the Bell and similar school breakfast programs. | Details

Join us

What social justice issues are you passionate about? What would you like to see HCR do over the next year? Would you like to get involved? Please fill out our survey here.

For more information, you can also contact HCR Chair Jodi Kunimitsu at jodikunimitsu@gmail.com, or reach out to your chapter representative: Kaleo Ramos (Honolulu), Roy Hannu (Central), Alika Masei (Leeward), Kit Brizuela Absalon (Windward), Kawaileleohiilawe (Hilo), Karina Hernandez (Kona), Amber Fontes (Kohala), Melissa Turner (Hamakua), Dana Gorelangton Turnbull (Maui), Luz Larotta (Lanai), Emilio Macalalad (Molokai), and Cynthia McClung (Kauai).