Meet the Presenters




Tadahiro Meya

- Formerly a public school music teacher, Tadahiro Meya transitioned to becoming a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Being passionate about education, Tada made it a focus in his practice to educate others about their financial options and help them to achieve their goals. Serving well over 200 households in Hawaii and across the country, Tada’s approach to holistic planning has allowed him to work with clients that value insight ranging from investments to insurance to estate planning. Tada has earned the AAMS® (Accredited Asset Management Specialist) and CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) designations and continues to hone his craft with further professional education.


Cathlyn Momohara-Ho

- Cathlyn Momohara-Ho has been a music teacher at Wilson Elementary School since 2015. This

year, she is also her school’s Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association Head Representative. Cathlyn

graduated from UH Manoa with her Masters in Music Education in the Fall of 2019 and currently

serves on the boards of the Hawaiʻi Music Educators Association and Hawaiʻi Flute Society.


Megann Salā

- Megann Salā is a music education graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. While in

college, she sang in the studios of Megan Mount and Maya Hoover and participated in all the

choir ensembles (University Chorus, Hawaiian Chorus, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers). She

also participated in several Hawaii Opera Theater productions (Dialogue of the Carmelites,

Turandot, and Sweeney Todd).

 

Since graduating, Megann has been a member of the National Association for Music Education,

the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the American Choral Directors Association. She is

currently an assistant director for the Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus, a community children’s

chorus focused on music education through world music and Native Hawaiian culture, and Nā Wai Chamber choir, UH Mānoaʻs ensemble in residence dedicated to the preservation, propagation, and innovation of Hawaiian choral music. She is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant studying choral conducting under Jace Kaholokula Saplan.


Keenan Elijah Dolan

- Keenan Elijah Dolan is a conductor and tenor from Portland Oregon. He received

his BMus. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University, and is

completing his MM in Choral Conducting at UH Mānoa. Keenan is about to begin

his doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. While

Keenan has worked in music classrooms from K12 to collegiate, he is principally a

learner. With a pedagogical lineage grounded in gesture, he is always interested

in the power of bodily movement. He has been heavily influenced by the movers

Rodney Eichenberger, Carrie Jo Vincent, Therees Tkach Hibbard, and Jace

Koholokula Saplan.


Amanda Lippert

- Amanda Lippert is the K-1 music teacher at Punahou School. She also directs a Children's Choir through the Punahou Music School for 2nd-4th grade children. She is a past-president of the Hawaii Music Educators Association, and has Kodály II certification, Orff II certification, and has workshop experience in Dalcroze. She studied for a semester at the Kodály Institute in Hungary as well. She loves helping children participate and connect to music and wants every child to have fun in music class.


Olivia Arnold

- Olivia Arnold is a music educator in Honolulu, Hawai`i. She has taught K-6 music, children's,

middle, and high school choir on O`ahu and in Virginia. She is the choir director at Aliamanu

Middle School where she founded the choral program. She is an active member of ACDA and

NAfME. She serves the Hawai`i chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as a K-8

Repertoire and Resources co-chair. Additionally, she adjudicates for the National Children's

Honor Choir. Olivia is currently pursuing her music education master's degree at the University

of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She sings with the UH Concert and Chamber choirs and at the Lutheran

Church of Honolulu.


Nick Matherne

- Nick Matherne is the band teacher at Kaimukī High School and has taught band, choir, popular music, and Spanish in Maryland and Virginia. He received bachelor’s degrees from James Madison University and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he instructed courses in music education and choir. He is an active member of OBDA, HI-ACDA, and NAfME and currently serves as president of HMEA.


Mariko Niosco

- Mariko Niosco has been teaching at Honouliuli Middle School since 2020. She is responsible for

teaching Band as well as blended Choral/Modern Band courses. Niosco graduated from the

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Education in Music along with a K-12 Teaching

Licensure. She serves on the Oʻahu Band Directors Association Board as both a Board Member

and Treasurer.


Elizabeth Baker

- Elizabeth Baker teaches choir and ʻukulele at ʻIlima Intermediate School, after graduating with her Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Elizabeth serves the Hawaiʻi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as K-8 Repertoire and Resource Co-Chair, ACDA Western as the Social Media Coordinator, and sings with Nā Wai Chamber Choir. She maintains active membership NAfME, HMEA, and ACDA.


Aoi Shinagawa

- Aoi Shinagawa currently serves as the band teacher at ʻIlima Intermediate School. She previously taught music and band at Iroquois Point Elementary and ʻukulele at the Highlands Intermediate Summer Program. Aoi serves on the board for the Hawaii Flute Society, and is a member of NAfME, HMEA, and OBDA. She graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with her B.Ed. where she is currently pursuing her M.A.


Richard Akamine

- Richard Akamine, an ʻAiea native, received his Bachelor of Education in Music from UH Mānoa

and is currently back at his alma mater pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Education. After

completing his undergraduate degree in December 2019, Richard moved to Hilo, HI to teach music at Waiākea High School, where he currently teaches courses in band, choir, ʻukulele, and

music appreciation.


HMEA Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of HMEA shall be: (a) to develop and promote music and music education throughout the state of Hawai`i and (b) to promote mutual cooperation and good will among its members.

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