Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

Building A Community

The First Fifty Years of HAIS

Building a Community: The First Fifty Years of HAIS is a tribute to the founders of the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools, its founding member schools, to its past board members, committee chairs, and to its association presidents over the years. It is also a tribute to those who serve HAIS today, on committees, boards, and staff. It is the people of HAIS over fifty years who have fashioned an association that provides a valuable voice in education in the state of Hawai'i, advocating for high-quality learning experiences for all children. 

About the Authors

Robert M. Witt was the first Executive Director of the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), serving from 1989-2014. Under his leadership, the association grew in number of members, breadth of program offerings, and statewide influence regarding education. 
Daniel E. White was the founding Head of School at Island Pacific Academy after serving as Head of School at three other schools in California and Hawai'i. He was a member of the Board of Directors of HAIS for 12 years and serviced as Board President from 2008-10.
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