Welcome to HAIS. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Executive Director of this vibrant organization. I come to the role after 40 years as a teacher, principal, and director of various international schools in Switzerland, Indonesia, Czech Republic, China, Cambodia, and Singapore. As a 21st century thinker and educator with a significant understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, I believe I am well placed to contribute to Hawai'i's unique environment.

Hawai'i enjoys an excellent reputation world-wide for its independent schools. HAIS member schools offer students a rich selection of options, serving students from a variety of backgrounds, academic needs and cultures. Additionally, almost all of our schools offer tuition assistance. 

This is an exciting time for schools, as they realize that unique challenges and opportunities abound as they prepare students for their futures. Our vision statement asks us "to support member schools, and other organizations, in preparing students for the challenges of life and social responsibility." I believe you will find, through our events and programs, that HAIS is ready and willing to serve as a trusted colleague and friend to our member school communities. We also offer ways for supporting organizations, groups, and companies to join us in our efforts to enhance the goods and services we provide our members.

I firmly believe that Hawai'i is well placed, both geographically and culturally, to examine ways to extend our reach both nationally and internationally in the years to come. Please join us on this exciting journey.


Robert Landau
Executive Director,
Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) 

Robert Landau has worked as an educator, principal, superintendent and director for schools around the world. Landau’s educational career has spanned nearly 40 years in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He most recently was Deputy Superintendent of the Singapore American School in Singapore. Landau’s career began in Switzerland as a teacher, elementary principal, and school head from 1975-1997.  From there he moved to Indonesia to head a small and remote international school. He moved to California to become the founding director of the International School of Monterey, the first international charter school in the U.S. He then served as director of the International School of Prague before becoming director of the Western Academy of Beijing. Landau went on to become the education director of the Liger Learning Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Besides heading HAIS, Landau is a member of the Rotary Club, a Board member of the Nu'uanu YMCA, and Board Chair of Cambodia's Future Foundation.