Purpose: HSTA-R has as its purposes:
Promoting the social, professional, and economic status and general welfare of members;
Furnishing a practical basis for united action with others who are devoted to the welfare of public education;
Promoting voluntary participation by its members in civic and educational affairs;
Initiating and supporting legislative action that is beneficial to retired public school teachers, their families and their communities; and
Supporting HSTA and its programs.
To become a HSTA-R member an applicant must have been:
a member of HSTA at the time of retirement from the DOE, or
a member of HSTA for any five years before retirement, or
a member of another NEA state affiliate prior to retirement.
Unified membership is required: HSTA-R and NEA-R.
HSTA had about 1,000 individual retired members prior to June 1995.
HSTA-R now has some 5,919 members.
HSTA-R State Organization
The annual Delegate Assembly is the highest HSTA-R governance body. It elects the state officers and directors, adopts the budget, and passes resolutions and new business items.
The State Board of Directors meets quarterly and serves as the policy-making body between Delegate Assemblies.
The Executive Committee, comprised of the state officers, meets monthly; and directs and coordinates state programs and activities.
State committees implement those programs and activities.
HSTA-R State Activities
Publishing of a state newsletter, The Messenger;
Monitoring the State Legislature, Employee Retirement System, Hawaiʻi Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund, and HSTA VEBA Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association Trust;
Presenting pre-retirement planning workshops for teachers during HSTA Institute Week and for HSTA Chapters and schools;
Promoting the integration of HSTA-R members into HSTA programs and activities;
Supporting HSTA goals, priorities and activities; and
Working cooperatively with other organizations on issues that are important to members, their families, and communities.
HSTA-R District Organizations
HSTA-Retired is divided into four geographic districts (5,990):