Groundswell Of Local Support For Educational Equity

Over 70 Local Businesses, Foundations, and Individuals Contributed to Teach For America’s Efforts to Increase Educational Opportunities for Hawai‘i Public School Students


Honolulu, Hawai’i, August 15, 2018—Teach For America – Hawai‘i announced today that it has sold out its annual School’sCool fundraiser. This dinner event will occur from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on August 21, 2018 at the Howard Hughes Corporation venue in Ward Village (IBM Building). Now in its fourth year, School’sCool provides a unique opportunity for supporters to build relationships with teachers and public school leaders that got their start through Teach For America.

The regional advisory board of Teach For America – Hawai‘i brainstormed the launch of School’sCool out of a desire create a fundraising event that introduced community and business leaders to Teach For America, its people, and its work. Every time a sponsor purchases a ticket for School’sCool, they also purchase a seat for an educator at their table. “We wanted a fun and inspiring event, not another rubber chicken dinner,” said Jeff Arce, partner at The MacNaughton Group and member of the School’sCool planning committee.

While School’sCool has become an annual tradition, the planning committee remains committed to keeping the event fresh and fun for longtime supporters. This is evident in this year’s tongue-in-cheek theme: detention. New this year is a partnership with world-class chefs and restaurants from the International Market Place. School’sCool attendees will enjoy exquisite cuisine generously provided by talented culinary experts from Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza, Stripsteak Waikīkī, and The Street Food Hall by Michael Mina. Due to the generosity of event sponsors, School’sCool will also feature a live auction and raffle.

Giving a platform for public school teachers and students to share their stories has been a mainstay of the event. This year, School’sCool will feature a presentation from a diverse panel including Chevelle Wagner-Chun, a Wai‘anae High School junior; Sierra Callihan, a Wai‘anae High School English teacher; and Logan Narikawa, a faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i. 

Headmaster Level Sponsorship ($25,000)
The Roberts Foundation

Principal Level Sponsorship ($12,000)
Saks Fifth Avenue 
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The MacNaughton Group

Dean’s Level Sponsorship ($6,000)
ABC Stores
AIO/Island Flooring
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney K. Ayabe
Bank of Hawaii
Benjamin Woo Architects
Cades Schutte LLP
Commercial Plumbing, Inc.
Mitch and Bambi D’Olier
First Foundation Bank and Bizgenics Foundation
First Hawaiian Bank
Gateside, Inc.
Hawaiian Electric
Hawai‘i Pacific Health
Island Insurance Foundation
Ritchie and Sunny Mudd
Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.
Oahu Plumbing & Sheet Metal, Ltd.
ProService Hawai‘i
Stanford Carr Development, LLC
The Queen’s Health Systems
The Shidler Group
Wasa Electrical Services, Inc.

College Counselor Level Sponsorships ($4,000)
Atlas Insurance Agency
Bays Lung Rose Holma
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert 
Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Hawai‘i Gas
Howard Hughes Company
Hunt Companies, Inc.
Schlack Ito, LLLC
Servi-Tek, Inc.

Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing 
Armstrong Produce
Central Pacific Bank
Chad Goodfellow
Fergus & Company, LLC
Gentry Homes
KAI Hawaii
Kobayashi Group
Maui Cookie Lady
MC Architects
Moss & Associates, LLC
P3 Management
R. M. Towill Corporation
Rider Levett Bucknall
Title Guaranty

Food and Beverage Sponsors
Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Hawai‘i
Stripsteak Waikiki
The Street Food Hall by Michael Mina
Young’s Market of Hawai‘i

Live Auction and Raffle Sponsors
Alaska Airlines
Jeff Arce
Beverly Hills Hotel
Blue Note Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
Hunt Companies, Inc.
International Market Place
Brad Nicolai
Royal Pacific Air
Roy’s Kā‘anapali
Trinity Investments
Velocity Honolulu

School’sCool Planning Committee
Elroy Abe
Vic Angoco
Jeff Arce
Lisa Ayabe
Melissa Blake
Shelley Cramer
Kawika Fiddler
Larry Heim
Glen Kaneshige
Thomas Lee
Ritchie Mudd
Curtis Saiki
Chad Sakumoto
Blair Suzuki
Larry Taff
Reyn Tanaka
Tyler Tokioka

About Teach For America – Hawai‘i
Since 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America – Hawai‘i has recruited and developed over 800 educational leaders. Beginning as teachers serving public school students affected by poverty, the alumni of our program continue to work across career sectors – including education, law, business, medicine, and government – to improve opportunities for young people and fight for educational equity. As a native and rural region of Teach For America, we work with local and national partners to provide all students with an excellent education. For more information about our region, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in 53 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of 56,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.