Grants for Teachers

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Thank you for submitting your application for our 2024 Investing in Education Grant Program.

The portal to submit is now closed. Please check back to view the list of our 2024 recipients.

We recognize and appreciate the extraordinary effort and sacrifice Hawaii’s public school teachers provide to our community. Our Investing in Education grant assists teachers in the State of Hawaii Department of Education to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment and other basic necessities for their classrooms.

Grants up to $500 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.*

Eligibility and Requirements  |  Contact Us  |  Watch Our Video  |  2023 List of Recipients


See how this Kaimuki High School teacher’s dream for a school garden blossomed into hands-on learning opportunities for her students thanks to an Investing in Education teacher grant.

Eligibility and Requirements to Apply


•  Applicant must be a member of Hawaii State FCU

•  Applicant must be currently employed in the State of Hawaii as a public school classroom teacher

•  Application submissions are limited to one per teacher, per calendar year

•  Recipients will be selected based on their essay submissions

•  Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received


Teachers are required to answer these questions (500 character limit per answer):

•  What are your classroom needs and why aren’t there existing funds to obtain them?

•  What is your overall goal for these funds and how will it improve student learning?

•  How are these funds being used as a part of a critical need in order to deliver instruction?

•  Teachers must also provide detailed information on the items to be purchased and their costs. Include tax and shipping in your estimate.


Please email Sandra “Bunny” Tanaka at with any questions about the Investing in Education Grant Program or credit union membership eligibility.

Congratulations to Our 2023 Grant Recipients!

Sean Abe
Jarrett Middle School

Amarilis Acevedo
Lunalilo Elementary School

Heather Aiona
Hilo High School

Kimberlee Akana
Waianae High School

Jolie Alonzo
Waiau Elementary School

Maeva Anderson
Kahuku High & Intermediate School

Kayla Arakaki
Waipahu Elementary School

Sara Aronin
Kihei Elementary School

Eric Baba
Wahiawa Middle School

Kimberly Beach
Leihoku Elementary School

Ember Brock
Kauluwela Elementary School

Tanya Casil
Pearl Harbor Elementary School

Alice De Pina
Aliamanu Middle School

Matthew Deeley
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Joanne Delos Santos
August Ahrens Elementary School

David Dunaway
Jarrett Middle School

Romeo Eleno
Lanai High & Elementary School

Phillippe Fernandez-Brennan
DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach

Maury Fujisaka
Lincoln Elementary School

Sheri Funasaki
Makakilo Elementary School

Sophia Gay
Mililani Uka Elementary School

Xiaochen Gong
Aliiolani Elementary School

Tino Gonsalves
Kapolei Middle School

Marilou Gorai
Heeia Elementary School

Lauren Gushiken
Leihoku Elementary School

Jared Haiola
Haleiwa Elementary School

Kaha‘iola Harders
Paia Elementary School

Elilynn Haupu
Salt Lake Elementary School

Drake Hidano
Waianae High School

Lianne Hoshino
Waikele Elementary School

Rachel Hung
Kaimuki Middle School

Shari Inter
Kapunahala Elementary School

An’Gelle Kaeo
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Kaylee Kaluau
Paia Elementary School

Kaley Kanbara
Holomua Elementary School

Sharel Kasai
Webling Elementary School

Jamie-Lynn Katayama
Ala Wai Elementary School

Michael Kawatachi
Makalapa Elementary School

Rayna Kinoshita
Pearl Harbor Elementary School

Vanessa Knoepfel
Kalihi Elementary School

Candide Krieger
Jefferson Elementary School

Dan Lawrence
Kaiser High School

Jennifer Lee
Haleiwa Elementary School

Kapuakuliaepilimaeole Lehano
Waikele Elementary School

Lynette Low
Kaimuki High School

Christy Matsushige
Kaumualii Elementary School

Aimee Matsuura
Ewa Makai Middle School

Ehren Meinecke
Aliamanu Middle School

Joseph Menor, Jr.
Moanalua High School

Jessica Mishima-Donahue
Makaha Elementary School

Christen Momoa
Kapolei High School

Cori Anne Muraoka
Mililani Ike Elementary School

Anjanette Naganuma
Lahainaluna High School

Dyon Nakamura
Honowai Elementary School

Sara Nayeb-Hashemi
Castle High School

Kylie Nishino
Ewa Beach Elementary School

Faryn Oliver
Paia Elementary School

Janine Pataray
Holomua Elementary School

Jessica Peralta-Sumoba
Leihoku Elementary School

Geri Pung
Jarrett Middle School

Kaunanga Pututau
Laie Elementary School

Grace Ramos
Lehua Elementary School

Wileen Robson
Puu Kukui Elementary School

Kaui Samson-Chong
Holomua Elementary School

Markiesha Samson-Coloma
Ewa Elementary School

Mila Savini
Kamaile Academy – PCS

Kaitlyn Scheib
Lahainaluna High School

Casi Segawa
Fern Elementary School

Roseanne Siavii
Kaala Elementary School

Heidi Soriano
Holomua Elementary School

Jeremy Soriano
Kapolei High School

Maya Sullivan
Castle High School

John Takeuchi
Kalakaua Middle School

Lindsey Tamai
Lanakila Elementary School

Ashlyn Toyama
Aliiolani Elementary School

Sanoe Tuitele
Radford High School

Kelli Uyeda
Pearl City High School

Nicole Valenzuela
Kapolei High School

Chante Watson
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Melanie Yagi
Makaha Elementary School

Brian Yamagata
McKinley High School

Iris Yamamoto
Wilson Elementary School

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It’s important to recognize and appreciate everything our Hawaii teachers do for our kids. That’s why we created the Investing in Education Grant. The money can be used to buy classroom supplies, books, electronics and more.

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* Grant recipients will be selected based on their essay submissions. The dollar value of each grant will vary between $200 and $500 and will be determined based on individual need. To be eligible for the Investing in Education Grant, the applicant must be both a classroom teacher in the Department of Education and a member of Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Grant funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Application submissions are limited to one per teacher, per calendar year.

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