School Directors
Kahele Nahale-aShelby Kāhele M Nahale-a — LCPCS Interim School Director

Kāhele has been involved with public charter schools in Hawaiʻi since the beginning of the movement in the late 1990's. She brings knowledge and experience from working with public charter school's at the local, state and national levels. Kāhele was also involved in Laupāhoehoe's early efforts to convert LHES to LCPCS when the SOS committee was in the development stages of writing the Detailed Implementation Plan which served as the application for conversion to a public charter school. During the first year as a charter school, her involvement as a parent volunteer turned into a role as the Community Relations Manager for LCPCS. In the following years Kāhele held several operational positions with the school: Organizational Development & School Support Specialist (coordination of Continuous School Improvement and educational technology processes, Governing Board and administrative support), Personal Success/Transition Plan Coordinator and Kaupeʻa Virtual Program Coordinator. After leaving LCPCS briefly during the 2016-17 school year, she returned during SY17-18 as a consultant to lead the Comprehensive Support and Improvement initiative under Title I. Kāhele will serve as Poʻo Kula, or Interim School Director, for the duration of the 2018-19 school year. 

Kāhele lives in Pepeʻekeo with three of her four children (ages 11-26) and furry family which includes a horse, two cats and five dogs.
Kaulana SmithKaulana Smith, M.Ed. — Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment

Kumu Kaulana is the Po`o Kumu at LCPCS.  She has worked with Hawai`i's students in public education and the community for many years.  Kumu Kaulana comes to LCPCS with experience from both Hawaii DOE and Public Charter School in the field of Special Education and Administration.  She has experience with a variety of student-centered learning programs, interventions, and support services in partnership with an array of organizations: Foundation for Excellent Schools, Pacific American Foundation, Hanai i ka Ipu, high school athletics, Hawaii Network Learning Communities, Department of Aquatic Resources, High Tech Youth Network, Rotary Club of Hilo, and Kupu Hou.  Kumu Kaulana also participates with parent and community groups in enhancing student and school development: LCPCS Governing Board, Hui Alaka`i Kumu, MTSS, its Self-Study and WASC Accreditation; Hui Makua, Na Lei Na`auao, and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. 

Kumu has 4 children and  mo`opuna, she lives near Kaahakini stream with her kāne.
Jessica KaneakuaJessica Kaneakua — Director of Student Supports

Jessica is the current Director of Student Supports at Laupāhoehoe CPCS and has been with the school since SY 2014-2015. She has lived and worked on Molokai in the field of public health, then relocated to Hawaii Island where she has worked within both education and non-profit sectors. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Macalester College and a Master of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. She serves as the Vice Chair of Laupāhoehoe CPCS Governing Board, and as a Board Member on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (NHRLF) Board, which works to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians through financial assistance. She has a son, Aukahi, and partner, Ambrose, for whom also works at Laupāhoehoe CPCS.