Dr. Loke Wakinekona
Board Member, President
Born and raised in Mākaha, Ms. Loke Wakinekona brings a lifetime of experience to the INPEACE board. She came to INPEACE in 1999 as a participant of the Ka Lama Education Academy. Ka Lama assisted Ms. Wakinekona in enrolling into Leeward Community College, Waiʻanae Campus after being out of school for more than a decade. During this time, Ms. Wakinekona experienced life as a full-time wife and mother caring for three young children. Through dedication and perseverance, Ms. Wakinekona received an associate’s degree in 2000 and later continued on to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education.
Driven by passion, Ms. Wakinekona sought to teach in her home community on the Waiʻanae Coast. She started at Kamaile Elementary School, transferred to Māʻili Elementary School, and then moved on to Makaha Elementary School. Ms. Wakinekona currently works as a program coordinator for PLACES (Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement in School) at the University of Hawaiʻi and continues to work with K–12 students and teachers on the Waiʻanae Coast. She continues to strive for excellence and received a Master’s degree in curriculum studies in 2009. In August of 2017, Ms. Wakinekoa received her Doctor of Education in Professional Educational Practices through the University of Hawai’i.
Through her experience, Ms. Wakinekona hopes to serve as a positive role model and inspiration to other mothers and nontraditional students. She firmly believes that education is key to giving Native Hawaiians hope for a more prosperous and sustainable future.