Delegation Visits Tūtū and Me Hawaiʻi East

Tūtū and Me - (Fri) September 6, 2019


A few weeks ago, our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool on Hawaiʻi Island welcomed a group of special visitors.

They were part of the 40th annual International Association of Early Child Education (IAECE) Conference. Hosted by the Hawaiʻi Community College in Hilo, the conference brought together teachers, practitioners, and other education professionals from here in Hawaiʻi and abroad.

"An old adage states that it takes a village to raise a child," says Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas, EdD. "Our Kauhale (Hawaiian village) consists of administrators, faculty, students and their families and our Hawaiʻi Island community working together to promote our mission of lifelong learning."


This year's theme was "Multicultural Education: Putting It Into Practice." Appropriately, a delegation of Japanese educators and professionals visited our Tūtū and Me site in Waiākea (Hilo).  They enjoyed the site's circle time and the chance to see how music is important in early childhood education.

Tūtū and Me Hilo's Kyle Lindinha and Hawaiʻi East's Harlan Intendencia also attended the conference themselves, presenting a workshop in conjunction with Hiroshi Okamura, Mayumi Mimura and Daiju Misawa called "Issues on Music Education in Early Childhood Japan and in Hawaiʻi."

We mahalo the delegation for visiting our Waiākea site and our staff for such a job well done!

The goals of the International Association of Early Childhood Education (IAECE) are to enhance international studies by sharing views among educators and practitioners in the early childhood community and to develop methods for creative teaching and a better learning environment for young children. IAECE hosts an annual research conference, seminars, and meetings in different countries in order to foster these methods and understandings.