Hannah Hind Candelario ’01, director of advancement
Hannah joined the HPA Advancement team in 2015. As the director of advancement, Hannah serves the alumni, parents, and friends of HPA as they consider ways to support the school. Prior to returning to Hawai‘i in February 2015, Hannah served as the director of development at Base Camp Studio in Bend, OR, where she managed grants, events, donor relations, and community outreach. Before her time in Oregon, she lived in Reno, NV, where she worked for six years at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in advancement and oversaw the Child Nutrition Program initiatives. Having grown up in Waimea, Hannah is thrilled to be serving her home community, her alma mater, and the families she cares for. She is a current board member of Montessori Education Center of Hawai‘i and is a community supporter of Hui Aloha Kiholo, North Hawai’i Hospice, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea Country School, Parker School, and Waimea Elementary.
Kelly Davis ’03, advancement administrative assistant
Originally from Holualoa in Kona, Kelly moved after college to Fukuoka, Japan, where he taught English for three years as part of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. He then served as a manager of South Sydney Juniors, a Rugby League club in Sydney, Australia, before returning to HPA in the spring of 2015. He is a certified teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) and earned his B.S. from Southern Oregon University. Kelly helps in any capacity needed, but focuses mainly on school-wide gift reception, processing, and receipting.
Chelsey K. Dickson, advancement support specialist
Chelsey Dickson joined the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy’s advancement office in 2019 to assist advancement programs, grant support, and donor stewardship. Born and raised in Waimea, Chelsey is deeply rooted in family and place. Prior to HPA, Chelsey worked in real estate, property management, and as a community engagement coordinator at the first Hawaiian-focused public charter school in Hawaii. She serves as a director for the Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, is a crew member of the voyaging canoe Makali’i and is passionate about supporting the good work of many local non-profit organizations. Chelsey is the proud parent of Kawela ’22, Kamana’o, and Waika.
Zaheva Knowles, director of alumni and parent giving
Prior to joining HPA, Zaheva Stevens Knowles was the executive director at West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center. She earned her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from Northeastern University. Previously, Zaheva served as an associate in the litigation department at Cades Schutte LLP and was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School. She also worked for several years as an associate in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City and was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Having spent her childhood on the Big Island, Zaheva is passionate about helping to create and sustain a vibrant, thriving community for all Hawai‘i Island families. She lives with her husband David ’94 and their son, Wyatt ’28, in Waimea, Hawai‘i.
Julie Kojima, systems coordinator
Julie Kojima joined the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy’s advancement office in 2005. As systems coordinator, she manages all aspects of maintaining the advancement database including reporting, system modifications, user training, and data integrity. She holds a B.A. from Willamette University and lives in Waimea with her husband, Wally. They are parents of Caylin ’15 and Braden ’17.
Leah Lavin, advancement communications
Leah has worked for HPA’s advancement office since 2015, when she and her family lived on campus. She now freelances from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Previously, Leah spent two years at American Bird Conservancy, where she managed federal and private grants. Leah earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Carson-Newman College, and a M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Sheri Salmon ’03, stewardship and young alumni engagement manager
Sheri returned to her alma mater in 2018 after serving as the director of operations at a local non-profit organization. In her role as Stewardship and Young Alumni Engagement manager, Sheri supports a wide range of advancement initiatives with her main focus being alumni events and donor stewardship. She holds a B.A. from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and lives in Ahualoa with her husband and HPA alumnus Ryan ʻ03. They are parents of a current student in the class of 2033.