The Hawaiii State Senate recognized Maui school teacher Anthony Kamaka'eu Williams on Monday for being named the 2014 Maui School District Teacher of the Year. Williams is a fourth grade Hawaiian language immersion teacher at Pa'ia Elementary School.
Williams was one of seven District Teacher of the Year recipients.
“I commend Kumu Kamaka'eu for this great honor. His passion for the Hawaiian language and teaching students is inspirational to all educators,” said Senator J. Kalani English. “Just 30 years ago, the Hawaiian language was close to becoming extinct. The Hawaiian language lives on thanks to committed teachers such as Kumu Kamaka'eu who have dedicated their lives to the Hawaiian Immersion Program.”
Williams will receive a monetary award from the Polynesian Cultural Center and gifts of instructional software from SMART Technologies for this honor.