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STAFF DIRECTORY

Hālau Kū Māna is home to Kumu (teachers) and staff with excellence of mind and heart.

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If you need to contact any kumu or staff, please call our office at (808)945-1600 or email us at info@halaukumana.org.

Stuart Sakoeki

Stuart Sakoeki

6th Grade Math and ELA Kumu/Educational Assistant

Aloha!  Iʻm Stuart Sakoeki.  Iʻve only been at HKM for 6 months, but I absolutely love it!  Iʻve been in the field of education, off and on for 20 years.  I like fishing, surfing, swimming, playing baseball, gardening, photography, DJing and playing ukulele.
Iʻm inspired by people who have a passion for life!  I became involved in Hawaiian education because I have great respect and love for everything Hawaiian.  I feel honored and blessed to have the opportunity to perpetuate Hawaiian culture through our precious youngsters.  And I get “chicken skin” when I think of the impact a school like Halau Ku Mana is having on our communities and the world.
Trevor Atkins

Trevor Atkins

Teacher

People who never stop learning become kupuna. People who stop learning just become old. Halau Ku Mana keeps me young because it keeps me learning. I teach to give thanks to those places and people who teach me.

Aloha aina is the most high. It’s good for the body, the mind, and the soul. Growing our own food and managing our own water makes us appreciate all that we have here in this peaceful Hawaiian kingdom.

My hobbies include winning, trespassing, planting, watering, and remembering, which is why I think I’m at the right school.

Hayden Atkins

Hayden Atkins

Kumu, Math & Science

I was born and raised in Puna, Hawaiʻi on a 3 acre native plant nursery. In my spare time I play sports, play music, and love hiking. I am honored to be a part of Halau Ku Mana because it gives me the chance to contribute to the lahui in a meaningful, effective way. I believe in the idea of 7 generations and hope that my teaching will bear fruit as these haumana become the next leaders of this kingdom.

Ashley Wolstein

Ashley Wolstein

Language Arts and Papa Wa'a Kumu

I love working in Hawaiian education. I come to a place where I am inspired, every day, by the haumana and kumu around me who have so much passion for land, culture, and people and who are actively working for a better world; it is hard to wake up and not feel excited about coming to work.

I come to a work that practices makawalu and recognizes that it “takes all kinds to make a world” (a quote I think can be attributed to Cesaire). As such, the kumu at HKM are not without their quirks, and mine include obsessing over my dogs and exhibiting mild OCD (I have to check the locks on doors three times). These quirks help to define me.

Phillippe Galicinao

Phillippe Galicinao

Kumu (Secondary Mathematics and Science)

I am in Hawaiian education because I believe in an education grounded in Hawaiian values, cultural practices, and cultural identity is a key component in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. I also believe that ancestral knowledge can teach us so many lessons to help us in modern society.

Appreciating my kūpuna is one of the reasons that my mom is my hero. The people that inspire me are my mentors who guide me, give me advice, and lead me in the direction that I am meant to be on.