Hawaii Superintendent of Education

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Hawaii Superintendent of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $1,782,981,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Up to 4 years
Authority:  Hawaii Code, 302A-1101
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education
Current Officeholder

Kathryn Matayoshi.jpg
Name:  Kathryn Matayoshi
Assumed office:  September 13, 2010
Compensation:  $150,000
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The Hawaii Superintendent of Education is a state executive position in the Hawaii state government. The superintendent is the administrative head of the Hawaii Department of Education, which runs the state's K-12 public education system. The superintendent is appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education, the executive body responsible for policy and rule-making in the department, and holds office for a term of four years.

Current officeholder

The current superintendent is Kathryn Matayoshi, who was appointed by the Board of Education effective September 13, 2010. Previously, she served as acting/interim superintendent from January 2010 to September 2010. Matayoshi's contract expired in June 2014, and she was reappointed to a second term which will run through July 2017.[1]

Before becoming superintendent, Matayoshi served as deputy superintendent from July 2009 to January 2010. Before joining the Department of Education, she was executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable from 2007 to 2009, president and CEO of Community Links Hawaii from 2006 to 2007, a strategic planning consultant from 2005 to 2007, and the chief of staff of the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply from 2002 to 2005. Earlier in her career, she was director of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from 1995 to 2002, before which she worked for the Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. and the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. Matayoshi holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.[2]


The office of superintendent is established by state law.[3]

Hawaii Code, 302A-1101

The board shall appoint, and may remove, the superintendent by a majority vote of its members.


There are no particular qualifications required of the superintendent of education.


The superintendent is appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education to terms "of up to four years." After appointment, the superintendent may be removed by the board, though only for cause, by a majority vote of the board's members.[3]

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of superintendent of education.


There is no special vacancy procedure for superintendents.


The superintendent is the administrative head and chief executive officer of Hawaii's public school system. His office is responsible for managing the operational aspects of the school system, such as providing necessary personnel, equipment, materials and certifications. The superintendent also carries out policy initiatives developed by the Hawaii Board of Education.

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Organizational Chart as of June 30, 2012.


  • Office of Fiscal Services
  • Office of School Facilities and Support Services
  • Office of Curriculum, Instruction & Student Support
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of Information Technology Services[4]

State budget

See also: Hawaii state budget and finances

The Department of Education's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $1,782,981,000.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected and appointed executives in Hawaii are determined by the Hawaii Commission on Salaries, which was established by constitutional amendment in 2006. Passage of this amendment by the public added the following language to Article XVI of the state constitution:

Article XVI, Section 3.5 of the Hawaii Constitution

Text of Section 3.5:

There shall be a commission on salaries as provided by law, which shall review and recommend salaries for the justices and judges of all state courts, members of the legislature, department heads or executive officers of the executive departments and the deputies or assistants to department heads of the executive departments as provided by law, excluding the University of Hawaii and the department of education. The commission shall also review and make recommendations for the salary of the administrative director of the State or equivalent position and the salary of the governor and the lieutenant governor.

Any salary established pursuant to this section shall not be decreased during a term of office, unless by general law applying to all salaried officers of the State.

Not later than the fortieth legislative day of the 2007 regular legislative session and every six years thereafter, the commission shall submit to the legislature its recommendations and then dissolve.

The recommended salaries submitted shall become effective as provided in the recommendation, unless the legislature disapproves the entire recommendation as a whole by adoption of a concurrent resolution prior to adjournment sine die of the legislative session in which the recommendation is submitted; provided that any change in salary which becomes effective shall not apply to the legislature to which the recommendation for the change in salary was submitted.[6]

The commission consists of seven members selected by the governor (two seats), the President of the Hawaii State Senate (two seats), Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives (two seats) and the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court (one seat). Commissioners meet every six years to evaluate salaries for executive, judicial and legislative officials. Their recommendations go into effect unless the Hawaii State Legislature votes to reject the entirety of the commission's final report. The commission last met in November 2012 and made recommendations for official salaries between 2013 and 2018.[7]


In 2014, the superintendent's annual salary was increased to $150,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[8].[1]


In 2013, the superintendent received a salary of $142,500. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2010, the superintendent received a salary of $150,000.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

1390 Miller St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-3320
Fax: (808) 586-3234

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