Special Report

Help Wanted: Teachers

About the Series

A look at the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers in Hawaii — and how the chronic shortage affects local schools.
Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 1: Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest

Students at rural or lower-income schools are less likely to be taught by experienced, fully qualified teachers than elsewhere, DOE data shows.

Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 2: Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High

The school defies Hawaii’s revolving door of teachers at many isolated schools, with the vast majority staying more than five years.

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Chapter 3: Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii

DOE is partnering with a developer to help educators with down payments, but other states are going much further by building teacher housing.

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Chapter 4: Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

The diversity of Hawaii’s public schools student population isn’t matched by the makeup of the state’s teachers.

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 5: The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers

As the number of new teachers coming out of local colleges declines, the state Department of Education hopes “teacher academies” and other strategies will ignite new interest in the profession.

Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 6: Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii

During a series of DOE “listening sessions,” many teachers drew a connection between salaries and classroom conditions and Hawaii’s teacher shortage.