Hawaii State Department of Education

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Hawaii Department of Education
Honolulu, HI
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District Profile
Superintendent:Kathryn Matayoshi
Graduation rate:81%
Number of schools:288
Budget: $1.85 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Donald G. Horner
Board members:9
Hawaii State Department of Education oversees public schools and libraries in Hawaii and is the only school district in state. It is the only statewide public school district in the United States. It managed 288 schools and 183,251 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

About the state

The Hawaii Department of Education is located in Honolulu, Hawaii
The Hawaii State Department of Education is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to the 2010 United States Census, Hawaii is home to 1,360,301 residents.[2]


Hawaii outperformed in comparison to the rest of the country in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.6% of Hawaii residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 28.5% for The United States as a whole. The median household income in Hawaii was $67,492 compared to $53,046 for the rest of the United States. The poverty rate in Hawaii was 10.8% compared to 14.9% for the entire country.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Hawaii (%) The United States (%)
White 26.1 77.9
Black or African American 2.1 13.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.2
Asian 38.3 5.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 10.1 0.2
Two or More Races 23.0 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.5 16.9



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See also
Hawaii Superintendent of Education
List of school districts in Hawaii
Public education in Hawaii
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The mission statement of the Hawaii State Department of Education reads:[3]
We serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations, from early learning through college, career and citizenship.[4]


The current Hawaii Superintendent of Education is Kathryn Matayoshi. The following list details her cabinet officials:[5]

  • Deputy Superintendent: Ronn Nozoe

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has six offices managed by assistant superintendents listed below:[5]

  • Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support: Leila Hayashida
  • Office of Fiscal Services: Amy Kunz
  • Office of School Facilities and Support Services: Raymond L'Heureux
  • Office of Human Resources: Corey Moriyama
  • Office of Strategic Reform: Stephen Schatz
  • Office of Information Technology Services:' David Wu

State Board of Education

The board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor and there are no publicly elected members of the board; students elect one non-voting member from their number to the board. The board hires the Superintendent and the State Librarian. The Superintendent in turn appoints four assistant superintendents responsible for various departments. The superintendent also appoints fifteen Complex Area Superintendents who oversee and support the school complexes. Each complex consists of a high school and the elementary and intermediate/middle schools that feed into it. The Complex Area Superintendents are based in administrative offices located in seven geographical districts: Honolulu, Central, Leeward, and Windward on Oahu; and Hawaii, Maui (including Molokai and Lanai) and Kauai (including Niihau) on the Neighbor Islands.[6] The current non-voting student representative is Jannah Dela Cruz and the current military liaison is Col. James Pease.[7]

Hawaii Board of Education
Member District
Donald G. Horner At-large
Keith Amemiya At-large
Patricia Halagao At-large
Brian J. De Lima Hawaii
Grant Y.M. Chun Maui
Nancy Jo Yamakawa Budd Kauai
Cheryl Ka'uhane Lupenui Oahu
James D. Williams Oahu
Amy Asselbaye Oahu

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Hawaii Department of Education[8]

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The Hawaii Department of Education publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $1,288,481,498 69.8% $167,623,262 9.1% $203,341,142 11% $165,775,787 9% $20,641,464 1.1% $1,845,863,153
Averages: $1,288,481,498 70% $167,623,262 9% $203,341,142 11% $165,775,787 9% $20,641,464 1% $1,845,863,153

Teacher salaries

Hawaii employed 10,927 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Hawaii State Teachers Association:[10]

Hawaii Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,169 45,072
MA 35,822 48,678
D $56,350 $58,042

Schools in Hawaii


The district served 183,251 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 1.1% increase in enrollment between 2012 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2012 and 2013:

Total enrollment[11]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2012-2013 183,251
2013-2014 185,273 1.1%

Academic performance

The graduation rate of for the 2011-12 school year was 82.2%, which is an increase of 2% compared to the previous year. In 2011-2012, 49% of schools met AYP standards. Fifty-nine percent of students met or exceeded proficiency on Hawaii Standard Assessments for mathematics and 71% met or exceeded proficiency on Hawaii Standard Assessments for reading for 2011-2012.[12]

District schools

The Hawaii Department of Education operates 288 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Hawaii School District
Ahuimanu Elementary
'Aiea Elementary
'Aiea High
'Aiea Intermediate
'Aikahi Elementary
'Aina Haina Elementary
'Ele'ele Elementary
'Ewa Beach Elementary
'Ewa Elementary
'Iao Intermediate
'Iliahi Elementary
Admiral Arthur W. Radford High
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary
Ala Wai Elementary
Ali'iolani Elementary
Aliamanu Elementary
Aliamanu Middle
Alvah A. Scott Elementary
August Ahrens Elementary
Barbers Point Elementary
Blanche Pope Elementary
Central Middle
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle
Chiefess Kapi'olani Elementary
Connections New Century Public Charter School
Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary
Enchanted Lake Elementary
Ernest Bowen de Silva Elementary
Ewa Makai Middle
Governor Samuel Wilder King Intermediate
Governor Sanford B. Dole Middle
Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High
Gustav H. Webling Elementary
Ha'aheo Elementary
Ha'iku Elementary
Haha'ione Elementary
Hakipu'u Learning Center New Century Public Charter School
Halau Ku Mana New Century Public Charter School
Halau Lokahi New Century Public Charter School
Hale Kula Elementary
Hale'iwa Elementary
Hana High & Elementary (& 408-Ke'anae Elementary)
Hanalei Elementary
Hau'ula Elementary
Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School
Hawai'I Technology Academy Public Charter School
Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind
He'eia Elementary
Helemano Elementary
Henry J. Kaiser High
Henry Perrine Baldwin High
Highlands Intermediate
Hilo High
Hilo Intermediate
Hilo Union Elementary
Ho'okena Elementary
Hokulani Elementary
Holomua Elementary
Holualoa Elementary
Honaunau Elementary
Honoka'a Elementary
Honoka'a High & Intermediate
Honowai Elementary
Ilima Intermediate
Innovations Public Charter School
Iroquois Point Elementary
James B. Castle High
James Campbell High
Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo Public Charter School
Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao: New Century Public Charter School
Ka'a'awa Elementary
Ka'ala Elementary
Ka'elepulu Elementary
Ka'ewai Elementary
Ka'u High & Pahala Elementary
Ka'umana Elementary
Kahakai Elementary
Kahala Elementary
Kahalu'u Elementary
Kahuku Elementary
Kahuku High & Intermediate
Kahului Elementary
Kailua Elementary
Kailua High
Kailua Intermediate
Kaimiloa Elementary
Kaimuki High
Kaimuki Middle
Kainalu Elementary
Kalaheo Elementary
Kalaheo High
Kalani High
Kalei'opu'u Elementary
Kalihi Elementary
Kalihi Waena Elementary
Kalihi-kai Elementary
Kalihi-uka Elementary
Kamaile Academy Public Charter School
Kamali'i Elementary
Kamiloiki Elementary
Kane'ohe Elementary
Kanoelani Elementary
Kanu 'o ka 'Aina New Century Public Charter School
Kanuikapono Learning Center Public Charter School
Kapa'a Elementary
Kapa'a High
Kapa'a Middle
Kapalama Elementary
Kapolei Elementary
Kapolei High
Kapolei Middle
Kapunahala Elementary
Kaua'i High
Kauluwela Elementary
Kaunakakai Elementary
Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School
Ke Ana La'ahana Public Charter School
Ke Kula 'o 'Ehunuikaimalino
Ke Kula 'o Nawahiokalani'opu'u Iki Laboratory Public Charter School
Ke Kula 'O Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School
Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha Learning Center Public Charter School
Kea'au Elementary
Kea'au High
Kea'au Middle
Kealakehe Elementary
Kealakehe High
Kealakehe Intermediate
Keaukaha Elementary
Kekaha Elementary
Keolu Elementary
Keone'ula Elementary
Keonepoko Elementary
Kihei Elementary
Kihei Public Charter High School
Kilauea Elementary
Kilohana Elementary
King David Kalakaua Middle
King Kamehameha III Elementary
King Kaumuali'i Elementary
King Kekaulike High
King Liholiho Elementary
King William Lunalilo Elementary
Kipapa Elementary
Kohala Elementary
Kohala High
Kohala Middle
Koko Head Elementary
Koloa Elementary
Kona Pacific Public Charter School
Konawaena Elementary
Konawaena High
Konawaena Middle
Kua 'O Ka La Public Charter School
Kualapu'u Elementary New Century Public Conversion Charter School
Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha New Century Public Charter School
Kula Elementary
Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Anuenue
La'ie Elementary
Lahaina Intermediate
Lahainaluna High
Lanai High & Elementary
Lanakila Elementary
Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School
Laupahoehoe Community PCS
Lehua Elementary
Leihoku Elementary
Leilehua High
Lihikai Elementary
Linapuni Elementary
Lokelani Intermediate
Lt. Col. Horace Meek Hickam Elementary
Ma'ema'e Elementary
Ma'ili Elementary
Major General William R. Shafter Elementary
Major Sheldon Wheeler Elementary
Major Sheldon Wheeler Middle
Makaha Elementary
Makakilo Elementary
Makalapa Elementary
Makawao Elementary
Manana Elementary
Manoa Elementary
Maui High
Maui Waena Intermediate
Mauka Lani Elementary
Maunaloa Elementary
Maunawili Elementary
Mayor John H. Wilson Elementary
Mayor Joseph J. Fern Elementary
Mililani 'Ike Elementary
Mililani High
Mililani Mauka Elementary
Mililani Middle
Mililani Uka Elementary
Mililani Waena Elementary
Moanalua Elementary
Moanalua High
Moanalua Middle
Mokapu Elementary
Mokulele Elementary
Moloka'i High
Moloka'i Middle
Momilani Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Myron B. Thompson Academy New Century Public Charter School
Na Wai Ola New Century Public Charter School
Na'alehu Elementary
Nanaikapono Elementary
Nanakuli Elementary
Nanakuli High & Intermediate
Ni'ihau High & Elementary
Niu Valley Middle
Noelani Elementary
Nu'uanu Elementary
Pa'auilo Elementary & Intermediate
Pa'ia Elementary
Pahoa Elementary
Pahoa High & Intermediate
Palisades Elementary
Palolo Elementary
Pauoa Elementary
Pearl City Elementary
Pearl City High
Pearl City Highlands Elementary
Pearl Harbor Elementary
Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary
Pearl Ridge Elementary
Pohakea Elementary
Pomaika'i Elementary
President Abraham Lincoln Elementary
President George Washington Middle
President Theodore Roosevelt High
President Thomas Jefferson Elementary
President William McKinley High
Prince David Kawananakoa Middle
Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole Elementary & Intermediate
Princess Miriam K. Likelike Elementary
Princess Nahi'ena'ena Elementary
Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Elementary
Pu'ohala Elementary
Pu'u Kukui Elementary
Pu'uhale Elementary
Pukalani Elementary
Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary
Red Hill Elementary
Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle
Royal School
Salt Lake Elementary
Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate
Sergeant Samuel K. Solomon Elementary
Sunset Beach Elementary
University Laboratory School
Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Community Public Charter School
Voyager Public Charter School
Wahiawa Elementary
Wahiawa Middle
Wai'alae Elementary Public Charter School
Wai'anae Elementary
Wai'anae High
Wai'anae Intermediate
Waiahole Elementary
Waiakea Elementary
Waiakea High
Waiakea Intermediate
Waiakeawaena Elementary
Waialua Elementary
Waialua High & Intermediate
Waiau Elementary
Waihe'e Elementary
Waikele Elementary
Waikiki Elementary
Waikoloa Elementary & Middle
Wailuku Elementary
Waimalu Elementary
Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate
Waimea Canyon Middle
Waimea Elementary
Waimea High
Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School
Waipahu Elementary
Waipahu High
Waipahu Intermediate
West Hawai'i Explorations Academy Public Charter School
William P. Jarrett Middle

Contact information

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Hawaii State Department of Education

1390 Miller St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (8080-586-3230

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The good

  • Budget documents are available.[14][15]
  • Meeting agendas and meeting minutes are available.[16]
  • Contact information is available for all appointed board members. There are no elected officials for the Hawaii Board of Education.[17]
  • A database of current contracts is available.[18]
  • Audits are available dating back to 2002.[19]
  • Reports on student academic performance are available.[20]
  • Temporary and contract personnel must undergo background checks.[21][22]

The bad

  • There is no information available on taxes or tax rates.
  • No information is provided for open records requests or public records access.

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