When the original founders of Kawaiahao Seminary and Mills Institute opened their doors in the mid-19th century, they couldn’t have imagined how radically different their schools would look when they joined forces to become Mid-Pacific Institute in 1908. Today, Mid-Pacific Institute represents it’s founders’ principles and so much more, playing a leadership role in Hawaii because of our advanced curricular offerings in the arts, humanities, and technology.
Dwayne E. “Dee” Priester is currently the Middle School Principal at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Priester is married to Clara D. Priester and they have two sons, Damon and Brandon and five wonderful grandchildren. Dee Priester holds an undergraduate degree in history, and Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. As an educator for more than 24 years, his experiences range from teaching middle and high school Social Studies to an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University’s College of Education. During the past three years, in addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches Bible study at the City of Refuge Church under the leadership of Dr. Wayne Anderson. He is active in the community as he believes that, as the body of Christ, we should impact our community.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.”