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Leadership/ Governance

Kamaile Academy’s Leadership and Governance


Aloha nō kākou,


At Ho’okāko’o, we believe that every student has the right to achieve his or her highest potential. That path begins with:

  • Principals who can develop a vision for change and lead their schools to achieve it
  • Highly capable and competitively compensated teachers working in a focused learning community
  • An aligned curriculum, integrated from pre-school through graduation in collaboration with other educational providers
  • Engaged parents and communities


With its P-20 vision and commitment to extended learning time, Kamaile Academy has taken solid first steps toward transforming learning for our haumāna. We are pleased to introduce the leadership team that will build on that foundation by fostering a collaborative environment and creating integrated curriculum with defined and measurable outcomes for our learners.


Paul Kepka, Principal

As a Vice Principal at Kamaile Academy for eight years, Paul has demonstrated an impressive commitment to our haumāna and their learning. He has been with the school since 2004, serving first as a teacher, then as Dean of Students before becoming an administrator.


Eric Wyand, School Director

Eric comes from central California and has been a vice-principal and principal for elementary, middle school, and high school. His experience with all K-12 grades and starting up a high school is a major asset to the administrative team.


Jamie Cruz, Learning Director

A native of 'Oahu, Jamie has worked at Kamaile in a variety of roles since 2011. She has a wide range of educational experiences spanning grades PreK-12. Her expertise is in secondary education and Hawaiian Culture Based Education. 


Natalie Zisko, Vice Principal

Natalie was a principal for two years at a K-5 elementary school in northern California. She comes with a strong background in teaching reading.  Her expertise is in the lower elementary grades.


Valerie Manoa, Interim Vice Principal 

Kumu Manoa has been an educator in Hawaiʻi on the Waiʻanae coast since 1996.  She has taught elementary students, worked with secondary students, and has been a preschool director.  Her experience in culturally relevant education is an asset to our school.