Officers of UH West Oʻahu’s 2016 Kappa Delta Pi class

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu was installed as a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, making it the only active chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) in the state. UH West Oʻahu is KDP’s 879th chapter, guided through the process by Associate Professor of Education Paula Major.

First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, an educator, was the keynote speaker at the installation of the Alpha Theta Lambda chapter at the UH West Oʻahu ceremony on November 3.

KDP was founded in 1911. KDP has grown from a local chapter into an international organization with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million members. KDP supports educators throughout their teaching careers using programs, services and resources.

Hawaiʻi has its first society to recognize excellence in educators,” said Haylie Culp chapter president. “It’s great to see high quality educators coming from the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu.”

Inductees are required to demonstrate leadership attributes; have completed at least 30 credit hours of collegiate course work; have at least 12 credit hours in education course work programmed, in progress, or completed; and demonstrate a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or greater.

“Just like service learning, it builds your knowledge base and you can bring it into the classroom,” Culp said.

UH West Oʻahu bachelor of education

The UH West Oʻahu bachelor of education degree prepares teacher candidates to be knowledgeable, skillful, responsive educators for a global society. Course delivery occurs both on-campus and online, with flexible scheduling that recognizes candidates’ busy family, work and academic responsibilities.

During their program of study, teacher candidates participate in more than 630 hours of field-based coursework, including introductory early field experiences, service learning, practicums and student teaching. Field placements occur in partnership with Hawaiʻi Department of Education schools island-wide and especially in Central and Leeward Oʻahu and on the Waiʻanae Coast. Additionally, teacher candidates complete a minimum 40 hours of Service Learning that is integrated into required pre-professional courses.

Alpha Theta Lambda chapter inductees

  • Mherial Cezar
  • Haylie Culp
  • Marie Edwards
  • Annalene Gano
  • Elizabeth Gustafson
  • Lydia Haff
  • Adrian Hill
  • Keriann Koizumi
  • Rosemarie Luna
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Naturalee Puou
  • Jacquelyn Quitevis
  • Gina Ramiscal
  • Elizabeth Soldner
  • Shanisse Tibas


  • Paula Major
  • Gloria Niles
  • Stephanie Kamai

—By Leila Wai Shimokawa