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Kalena Laepaa






Kula Ki‘eki‘e



Maui Campus




(808) 573-7268


About me


My name is Karen Kalena Laepa’a.

I was born and raised on O’ahu and graduated from ‘Iolani School.  I first attended Willamette University in Oregon, and then eventually transferred and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with my B.

A.  in English with an emphasis in Education.  I eventually received my teaching credential and license from Cal Poly and U.

C.  Irvine.  Most recently, I received my Masters in Library and Information Sciences with honors from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

I also have a Global Career Facilitator Degree and am currently the Grade 9 Team Leader.

I am currently working on my Masters in Curriculum and Teaching for Reading and Literacy from the University of Kansas.

I first taught English at Fontana H.

S.  in Southern California for 4 years where I became involved in the AVID program.  This is where I received my training and certification to become a “study skills” teacher.  Finally, my husband and I decided it was time to move back to our home, and I was fortunate enough to teach at my alma matter ‘Iolani School for 2 years.  Because of my husband’s job, we moved to Maui, and I taught at Lokelani Int.  for one year teaching language arts.

Eventually, I was fortunate to become a teacher here at Kamehameha Schools - Maui.

This is now my 13th year teaching here where I teach English 9 with a lab, Enlgish 10 with a lab, and Freshmen Seminar (Papa Kako’o).

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