Weʻre Hiring!!!

Papahana Kuaola is currently seeking individuals who are passionate about ʻāina-based learning and working with keiki to apply for our new Education Assistant position.

For more information including instructions for applying, please read position summary below. For a downloadable PDF version of the position summary, please click here

Position Summary


POSITION TITLE: Education Assistant
EPORTS TO: ʻIliʻilikauhale Lead Educator
TATUS: Part to full-time, dependent upon qualifications and availability
ORK HOURS: M-F; variable between 7:30am-5:30pm, dependent upon program; possible weekends WAGE: Dependent upon qualifications
ENEFITS: Gain experience in and contribute to the dynamic and innovative field of ʻāina-based education. For position at half-time or more: medical and dental offered; paid time off (vacation, sick, and holiday).

An entry level position, the Education Assistant supports the implementation of learning programs and activities for Papahana Kuaola, in alignment with the mission and goals of the organization. This position will regularly take lead with education groups and programs, under the direction of ʻIliʻilikauhale Lead Educator. This position also supports the care and cultivation of ʻāina and the maintenance of equipment/facilities, in order to continuously develop ʻāina-based cultural knowledge and skills.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Supports development of learning activities and materials.

  2. Supports or leads delivery of learning activities and materials.

  3. Supports improvement of ʻāina and maintenance of equipment/facilities to organizational


  4. Assumes other responsibilities as needed and/or assigned by the ʻIliʻilikauhale Lead Educator.

Primary Qualifications

  1. Education: None required.

  2. Experience: Any experience indicative of a significant interest in mālama ʻāina and teaching

    through ʻāina and culture.

  3. Knowledge: Familiarity with Hawaiian history, culture, and resource management.

  4. Abilities and Skills: Enjoys working with children. Good communication and interpersonal

    skills. Ability to work efficiently, independently, and successfully as a member of a team. Ability to communicate at a basic level in the Hawaiian language. Proficiency with common personal computer office software. Responsive via email and text.

  5. Other: Position occasionally involves significant and sustained physical activity.


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Preferred Qualifications

Proficient in written and spoken Hawaiian language. Experience as a cultural practitioner and working with Native Hawaiian learners. A degree and/or training in the field of education. Additionally, the ideal candidate to this position exhibits most/all of the following qualities:

Interpersonal Capacity

Connection to ʻĀina

Connection to Culture Expertise

- Friendly and approachable
- Positive attitude and growth mindset
- Able to offer and receive critical feedback in a graceful way - Places priority on commitments
- Fundamental commitment to aloha
- Experience in
ʻāina-focused cultural practice
- Membership in cultural organization(s)
- Broad cultural skills and knowledge
- Experience in specific cultural practice(s)
- Teaching best practices
- Standards-based education

For inquiries, contact keoni@papahanakuaola.org.

To apply, submit a cover letter and a résumé of no more than 2 pages to keoni@papahanakuaola.org. There is no application deadline for this position. Applications will be accepted and evaluated as they are received. Qualified applicants will progress to an interview, and applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will be notified by email of that determination.