Our Team

Our Team

BETH ERTLLead Teacher

Beth is our Leadership Development teacher. She spends time with every child working on social and emotional skills to help children develop their self confidence and leadership skills. Beth also subs in all classrooms when teachers are on leave.

EVELYN ASISTINLead Teacher

Evelyn leads the 4 year old class. She has a wealth of experience in childhood development. She is loved by the children. Some called her the potty training genie.

DANIEL MCDONALDLead Teacher

Daniel, or Kumu 'I'ini, is our 3 year old teacher. Daniel is a Kumu Hula, as well as an Early Childhood Educator. He is fluent in Hawaiian and incorporates a number of musical and cultural elements into the classroom.

ANA MENDOZALead Teacher

Ana works in the 2 year old class. She has a natural loving instinct when it comes to teaching children. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education.

MARICAR GRANADOSINChef

Maricar is our culinary artist. She runs our cafeteria. She has 3 children, two of them attend Alaka'i Academy. She is a native of the Phillipines. She makes our daily lunch and snacks.

KAILI KAUALUATeacher

Kaili works with the 2 year old class. She is creative and loving. Great team player. Her child also attends our school.

LINDSEY DAHLLead Teacher

Lindsey works with our 4 year old class. She has a degree in Education and previously taught kinderganten at Kealakehe Elementary. She is very kind and loving.

ALLYSON GREENWELLTeacher

Allyson works side by side with Kumu 'I'ini in the 3 year old class. She has worked at Kona Hongwanji Preschool prior to joining our school.

LUCIANA PENALOZAInstructor

Luciana, or Lu, is a founder of Alaka'i Academy. She is also a Physical Education instructor. She was the our original stretch and yoga classes instructor.

PABLO PENALOZAPresident

Pablo is founder of Alaka'i Academy. He supports the team and provides the overall vision and direction of the school.

Join Our Team!

Alaka'i Academy is perpetually seeking exceptional, talented individuals, who embody the leadership traits we aim to instill in children. To become part of our 'Ohana, please email your resume to careers@alakaiacademy.com to start the process. Mahalo for your interest.