Who We Are – What We Do

HSTA-R, the largest retired teachers organization in Hawaiʻi, was established by HSTA in 1995, with its own by-laws, officers and Board of Directors.
Prior to 1995, retirees were individual HSTA members without their own organization. HSTA-R is an affiliate of the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association (13,000 active members) and the National Education Association (3.2 million members).

You can learn more about how we started by reading  “The Beginning” and check out past leaders in the “Chronology of the HSTA-R Board of Directors.”

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 (5,932):
HSTA-R Kauaʻi District (363)
HSTA-R Oʻah u District (4,106)
HSTA-R Maui County District (613)
HSTA-R Hawaiʻi District (862)
[+HSTA-R USA/Other (13)]
Districts support HSTA-R state priorities and activities.
Each district has officers and is governed by a Council.
Each district conducts its own activities.
Each district publishes a newsletter.

HSTA-R and The Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association
HSTA-R is an affiliate of the HSTA.

HSTA-R and The National Education Association
HSTA-R sends delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly and the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting.
HSTA-R sends members to the NEA-R Organizing Conference.

HSTA-R and Other Organizations
HSTA-R is affiliated with:
HSTA-R has a working relationship with the Hawaiʻi Education Association, and the HEA administers the HEA/HSTA Scholarship.
Updated 08/2019

How We Started

Who Led Us Here

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