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.
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.
Sheri Salmon ’03, advancement support specialist: donor stewardship
Sheri Salmon supports a wide range of advancement programs with her main focus being grant support and donor stewardship. With a degree in elementary education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Sheri spent most of her years after graduation in the public school system as a behavioral therapist. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Sheri was the director of operations at a local non-profit organization where she specialized in community outreach, grants, and program development.