Director of Education
Mission Inn Foundation
Kanani Hoopai is Director of Education at the Mission Inn Foundation in Riverside, California. Her love of and fascination with museums, art, and travel began as a child, and she pursued a museum career after volunteering at Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Kanani earned her BA in Art History from Chapman University, and her MA degree in Art & Museum Studies from Georgetown University. Kanani began her museum career in Washington, D.C. working for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the National Building Museum, and Dumbarton House in museum education, interpretation, and international relations. Kanani returned to her sunny hometown of Riverside, CA in 2014 and began working the Mission Inn Foundation where she directs the youth and family education programs, and manages the docent-training program.
A few of the things Kanani enjoys about her job is the opportunity to work with students from the same schools she attended, serve the community, work with diverse individuals, and constantly learn and try new things. Kanani is a member of the California Association of Museums’ Program Committee. She directs the (Mission Inn Foundation’s) Hands On History Community Outreach program, a 2017 recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education from CAM and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kanani serves on the board of The Unforgettables Foundation in Redlands, CA.
Wednesday, May 9
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM