Our corps members teach in 35 diverse schools on O'ahu and on the "Big Island," Hawai‘i. With desert, rainforests, volcanoes, and even a snow-capped mountain, the island of Hawai‘i has incredible geographic and physical diversity. O'ahu is home to 80 percent of the islands' residents, Hawai‘is capital city, Honolulu, and the most visited landmark in the state, Pearl Harbor. Outside of the city are pristine hiking trails and beautiful beaches among the smaller towns and communities around the island.
Hawai‘i has something to offer everybody. Honolulu is a thriving urban center complete with museums, theaters, bars, restaurants, and parks. Nearby Waikiki offers a multitude of options for shopping and entertainment. The state itself is quickly becoming a culinary capital, with both fine dining establishments and local joints gaining notoriety for their unique flavors and use of local ingredients.
On both O'ahu and Hawai‘i Island, corps members live in communities near their schools as well as in town. On the Big Island, many corps members gather in Kailua-Kona, while on O'ahu, corps members choose to live in areas across the island—from the surfing culture on the North Shore, to the proud local communities on the leeward coast, to the quick pace of Honolulu and Waikiki. Wherever they call home, corps members in Hawai‘i have the opportunity to get involved in community events and engage with students and parents in their classrooms.
We are pleased to announce that Teach For America-Hawai‘i has been approved by the Standards Board to offer an independent licensure program and will now be providing teaching credentials to all corps members. The Alternative Route to Credential (ARC) program will be a collaboration between Teach For America, Chaminade University and other community partners.
In order to receive a credential, corps members must successfully complete the following program of study during their first year in the classroom.
Corps Members must complete all core Key Assessments listed below and actively participate in professional development.
All corps members must complete a Hawaiian culture and history component. Information on completion of this component is provided by Teach For America.
All corps members should enroll in a Masters of Education program at Chaminade University or Johns Hopkins University. All classes are offered online, and classes may be offset with an Americorps award if funding is granted.
Johns Hopkins University
Estimated Cost (not including 1st year certification costs):
Americorps funding MAY offset some costs.
Past Pearl Harbor, Aiea and Waipahu, the leeward coast is an expansive area that lies on the coastal side of the Waianae Mountains. Created between 2.7 and 3.4 million years ago, the Waianae mountain range is the older and smaller of the two ranges that make up Oahu. The highest point of this range is Mount Kaala, rising 4,017 feet from the ocean.
This rural part of Oahu extends from Ewa to Nanakuli, up the coast to Maili, Waianae and Makaha. The leeward coast boasts of white sandy beaches, excellent swimming, snorkeling, and fishing spots and magical sunsets as the sun melts into the Pacific Ocean’s horizon. Winter usually brings large surf into Makaha and Yokohama Beaches.
The sunny Kona District stretches for about 60 miles from Kona International Airport to beyond Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island’s lava-lined western coast. Along this expansive area, you’ll find everything from coffee farms to historic Hawaiian landmarks.
In fact, King Kamehameha actually spent his final years in Kailua-Kona. Today, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is a bustling, gathering place in the heart of the district, just a 15-minute drive south of Kona International Airport. Home to shops, restaurants and nightlife, you can conveniently take a walking tour of Kona’s history at places like Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and the Ahuena Heiau.
Other significant historic places include Kealakekua Bay to the south, where Captain James Cook first set foot on the island in 1778 and where he was eventually killed. Nearby is Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, a well-restored Hawaiian “place of refuge.” North of Kailua-Kona is the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, a 1160-acre park that lets you explore early heiau (temples), fishponds and petroglyphs.
Shielded from winds by Maunaloa, south Kona’s calm and clear waters are perfect forsnorkeling, diving and spotting dolphins and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles). One of Kona’s most memorable experiences is going on a manta ray boat tour to scuba or snorkel with these gentle, graceful sea creatures. Kona is also famous for its deep-sea fishing, hosting the International Billfish Tournament (August) every year. And on land, don’t forget to travel to the cooler upland slopes of towns like Holualoa, where you can sample the distinctive flavors of 100% Kona coffee. On the versatile Kona coast, you’ll find the adventures are as big as the island itself.