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  • Kiliona Palauni

    From Tongan, Hawaiian and Maori ancestry, Kiliona has deep roots in Polynesia and was taught at a young age the art of Polynesian dance, herbal medicine, and pacific folklore. He has a love for Hawaiian culture and spent his teen years learning his hanauna (ancestry) from his  kapuna (elders). Kiliona has a Bachelor's of arts in Pacific islands studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Kiliona recently completed a master's degree in indigenous Education from the Arizona States University. He also has his teaching certificate in secondary education from Johns Hopkins university.

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  • Teaching is my form of activism

    Now, as an educator on the west side of O’ahu, Kiliona hopes to be the teacher he never had as a child: a teacher who affirms the identity of his students, and a teacher who shows young Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders what is possible for them by exposing them to scholars, writers, and professionals who share their background. 

    Read more from his Teach For America interview 
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