Dr. Robert Holoua Stender was named the executive vice president of Education in May 2015. Stender is responsible for leading all Kamehameha Schools’ educational programs, including preschools, K-12 campuses, community education and the Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group.
Stender previously served, beginning in January of 2012, as the po‘o kula at Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, becoming just the second head of school in the campus’ history.
Prior to moving to KS Hawai‘i, Stender spent 32 years at KS Kapālama, beginning his stay in 1979 as a teacher in the high school Social Studies department. He would go on to serve in a variety of leadership positions such as Explorations program director, Performing Arts department head and elementary school vice principal and then principal.
Stender grew up on Kewalo Hawaiian Homestead and learned Hawaiian culture and ‘ōlelo at an early age. In 1979 he achieved the level of kumu hula. He is credited with founding Ka Pā Hula o Hiʻiaka i Mololani while serving as a lecturer in Hawaiian language, religion and history at Windward Community College as well as Ka Pā Hula o Kamehameha at KS Kapālama.
Stender received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California where he formerly served as an adjunct assistant professor. He also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.