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Hawaiʻi Great Teachers Seminar

The Hawai‘i Great Teacher Seminar (HGTS) has been a UHCC system summer professional development event for more than 30 years. Founded by the late David Gottshall and grounded in the principles of the National Great Teachers Movement, this unique and rejuvenating experience will be unlike any other professional development you have engaged in. Please check out our informational video: 2024 Hawai‘i Great Teachers Seminar Video.

General and Registration Information

Hawai‘i Great Teachers Seminar logo

Attendees will join colleagues from all of the UHCC campuses to learn and grow with one another. Participants will share teaching innovations, provide solutions to challenges, network, and provide fellowship in an inspirational and relaxing environment. Details of the seminar experience are as follows:

July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) – July 28, 2024 (Sunday)
Kīlauea Military Camp (KMC), Volcano, Hawai‘i Island
View the 2024 flyer

*NOTE: This year the Hawai‘i Great Teachers Seminar is only for UHCC employees.

This 5-night professional development experience will be ninety steps from a volcanic crater, within walking distance of a rainforest, and provide ample time to enjoy these and other beautiful attractions in the area. Attendees are required to stay and be present for the duration of the event. The event includes airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, and meals generously sponsored by the UHCC System Office. Give yourself the gift of time to rejuvenate your passion for teaching and to reconnect with others throughout the UHCC system!

Registration is Now Open!

Contact your campus representative to register today. Seats are limited!
Great Teachers Coordinator: Erin Thompson, Leeward CC (enkt@hawaii.edu)
Great Teachers Asst Coordinator: Amy Shiroma, Kapi‘olani CC (als6@hawaii.edu)

We hope you will be able to join us!


Hawai‘i CC

Tiana Hirota


Honolulu CC

Red Maddox


Kapi‘olani CC

Shannon Sakue


Kaua‘i CC

Jeff Mexia


Leeward CC

Erin Thompson


Maui College

Joyce Yamada


Windward CC

Elizabeth Ratliff



Here are what past participants have had to say about their experience

“Attending the seminar in Hawaii was the highlight of my professional life which I shall never forget…inspirational…an experience every dedicated teacher should share.”

“I immediately added some suggestions I received from the seminar to my lesson plans. I can tell the difference already in two weeks of classes! My students are far more engaged and open to participation than ever! My mind is blown open with what is happening in my classes!”

“It was the most wonderful staff development experience I’ve had in twenty-seven years of teaching.”

“This was a magical, empowering experience. It was the best seminar/meeting/conference I have ever attended!”