Chiefess Kamahakelei Middle band director Sarah Tochiki was honored alongside former Kauai County mayor and councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura and Waipa Foundation Executive Director Stacy Sproat-Beck.
The historical drama is set on Kauai in 1893 after the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. It is based on the true story of a cowboy named Kaluaikoolau as he fights to protect his family and community from a powerful rebel militia.
"I think our biggest export right now isn't pineapples. It's our most educated children who are moving to the mainland, and they know they can find better opportunities."
Heading into this week's summer leadership training, Kaimuki High School teacher Jade Pham says she was "super excited about being involved with HSTA and growing closer to my colleagues who are passionate about advocating for teachers and students." She didn't expect her first-grade teacher from Palolo Elementary, Suanne Kim, to be one of them!