Save the Date, Get Your Tickets, and Party

We are throwing a new summer fundraiser on June 30, 2023: the Boogie Shoes 70s Dance Party! We plan to have a costume contest for Best 70s Couple, Best Hippie, and Best 70s Costume (with some great prizes), a photo booth, and classic 70s music by DJ Mike Dandurand! We are fortunate to have the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center provide the venue.

There will be beer and wine and some light snacks available for purchase — we strongly recommend you eat dinner prior to arriving. We will also offer water and sodas.

So much fun to be had and all for $50! Space is limited so get your tickets today

Doors will open at 7:00 PM and the dancing starts at 7:30 PM. The event closes at 10:30 PM. 

We are Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting Kauai’s aspiring student teachers to complete their education. Our goal is to provide grants to teacher candidates entering their final student teaching semester who are in need of financial assistance. We have expanded our reach recently to include aspiring secondary educators. We have also reached past the University of Hawaii and included students from other teacher credentials programs. As always, recipients must have strong ties to Kauai and be willing to teach for at least three years on Kauai. 

We want to introduce our Spring 2023 recipients: Haley Deaton, Brendan Smith, David Ochoco, and Kristy Kinimaka. Like all of our recipients, they are dedicated to teaching. All of our recipients are highly recommended by their program teachers and mentors. We wish them every success!


For those who are entering their student teaching semester in the Fall of 2023, the deadline to apply will be upon us before we know it! Get started now because your advisors may be on summer vacation when you need their recommendations! We must receive your application and supporting documents by June 30, 2023. Visit our Student Teaching Grant Application page for details and forms.

With the lack of teachers on Kauai approaching a critical point, Growing Our Own Teachers on Kauai is dedicated to identifying the ways in which we can help alleviate this issue. We welcome your thoughts, your time, and your donations to further our cause. 


Kauai Teacher Appreciation Day

It’s that time of year again. While we appreciate our Kauai teachers every day, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation every year in May! This year, we asked our Mayor, Derek Kawakami, to issue a proclamation to celebrate Kauai Teacher Appreciation Day on May 2nd. We are fundraising to help future teachers of Kauai complete their studies. You can read the proclamation by clicking on the image. 

You can donate here.