Board of Education

The Hawaii State Board of Education formulates policy and exercises control over the public school and library systems. There are nine Board members, a student council representative and a military liaison. The Board typically meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month (and special meetings as required) to deal with Board business, receive public testimony, hear reports from the Superintendent and Board committees, and express concerns.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Meeting agendas, minutes

The Board of Education will migrate its website content to the Department's website soon. In the meantime, the Board's meeting agendas and minutes, along with Board policies and other important information, can be found on its website:​

Standing committees

  • Student Achievement: Meets 1st Tuesday of each month.
    • Chair: Margaret Cox
    • Vice-Chair: Patricia Bergin
    • Members: Grant Chun, Brian De Lima, Darrel Galera, ​Andrea Lyn Mateo, Hubert Minn
  • Finance and Infrastructure: Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month.
    • Chair: Grant Chun
    • Vice-Chair: Kenneth Uemura
    • Members: Brian De Lima, Lance Mizumoto, Bruce Voss​​
  • ​Human Resource: Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month.
    • Chair: Brian De Lima
    • Vice-Chair: Hubert Minn
    • Members: Patricia Bergin, Margaret Cox, Bruce Voss
  • Audit: Meets quarterly and as needed on the 1st Tuesday meeting.
    • Chair: Lance Mizumoto
    • Vice-Chair: Kenneth Uemura
    • Members: Margaret Cox, Grant Chun, Brian De Lima

Board members

Lance Mizumoto

Lance Mizumoto, Chairman, At Large

Mizumoto has 25 years of experience with financial institutions in Hawaii. Currently he is the president and chief banking officer of Central Pacific Bank where he oversees the organization-wide strategic direction and management of all lines of business, including commercial banking, commercial real estate, retail banking, residential mortgage, and wealth management. Previously, he served in various capacities of increasing responsibility at Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, and International Savings and Loan. He serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of the Chaminade University’s Board of Regents.

Brian De Lima

Brian J. De Lima, Vice Chairman, At Large

Brian J. De Lima is an attorney in private practice. He is a former Hawaii County Council member. De Lima is a graduate of Hilo High School and in 1972 he served as the first Board of Education student member. His daughter, who has special needs, attends Hilo High School.

Patricia Bergin

Patricia Bergin, Member, Hawaii Island

Patricia Bergin, a former teacher and administrator with the Department of Education, has been a member of Hawaii's education community for more than 40 years. She was the District Superintendent for Hawaii Island for five years before ending her career with the Department as a Migrant Education Program specialist. She is currently the coordinator for leadership teams of Ka HULI Mua, a consortium of preschool programs on three islands. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University​.

Grant Chun

Grant Y.M. Chun, Member, Maui County

Chun is vice president of A&B Properties Inc. and the former managing director of the County of Maui. He is a practicing attorney and brings a strong background in administration and law to the position. Active in the community, Chun serves on the board of directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Maui Chinese Cultural Society, Maui Economic Development Board, and Maui Economic Opportunity, among others. Chun earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law.

Margaret Cox

Margaret Cox, Member, Kauai

Maggie Cox, retired DOE science teacher and principal, previously was elected to the BOE for two terms. As a board member, she was part of the negotiation team dealing with the management of Hawaii State Teachers Association and Hawaii Government Employees Association. She earned a B.A. from North Texas State University.

Darrel Galera

Darrel Galera, Member, Oahu

Galera began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Moanalua High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. He has also served as principal at Shafter Elementary, S.W. King Intermediate, ‘Aiea Elementary, Moanalua High and Castle High. Galera has been recognized as the Hawai‘i National Distinguished High School Principal of the Year, Central O‘ahu District Principal of the Year and the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program’s Distinguished Teacher, 1989 (Washington, D.C.). A graduate of Waipahu High School, Galera earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Hawai‘i.​

​​​​ Hubert Minn

Hubert Minn, Member, Oahu

Minn has a rich history of service with the City and County of Honolulu and the state’s education system. Most recently, he was the deputy director at the city’s department of enterprise services where he was responsible for administering and providing overall direction, coordination, management and control of the functions and operations of the department. He was also the deputy director of the department of customer service. Within the department of education, he was a teacher, mentor and senior advisor. Elected to the BOE from 1974-1978 and 1978-1980, he served as the chairperson and held many other positions on the board.

Kenneth Uemura

Kenneth Uemura, Member, Oahu

Kenneth Uemura is a certified public accountant with more than 40 years of experience in business and financial management and was named the 2010 Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Pacific Business News as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaii Pacific University. He has also held positions as Treasurer and Executive Vice President of Finance at RESCO, INC./Prudential Locations; CFO, Corporate Treasurer, and Secretary at Pomare, Ltd. (Hilo Hattie); Senior Vice President and Controller at C. Brewer and Company, Ltd; executive positions with Jas.W. Glover Holding Co., Ltd. and Persis Corporation; and was a Senior Audit Manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

Bruce Voss

Bruce Voss, Member, At Large

Bruce Voss is a partner with the law firm of Bays Lung Rose & Holma, specializing in business, real estate, and employment law and litigation. He previously worked as a news reporter for Pacific Business News and KHON2 News. He is a graduate of Kalaheo High School and the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

​​ Andrea Lyn Mateo

Andrea Lyn Mateo, Student Representative

Andrea Lyn Mateo is a senior at Waipahu High School and the public high school student representative for the 2016-2017 school year. She served as the School Community Council Student Representative in both intermediate and high school, the President of the Rizalian Youth Council for the past two years, and as a Jeju Youth Forum delegate. She is also a LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) scholar. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, Mateo is enrolled in several advanced courses, as well as college-level courses, and has been an early college student since the ninth grade.​

Col. Santa Ana

Col. Peter Santa Ana, Military Liaison

Colonel Peter P. Santa Ana is currently the Director for Manpower and Personnel at Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii. He supports the 378,000 personnel serving throughout the command’s vast area of responsibility, which includes 36 countries, by leading a diverse team of civilians and both active duty and reserve personnel in executing personnel planning, quality of life programs, and personnel support for ongoing operations and exercises throughout the Pacific region.​


Contact Information

State of Hawaii Board of Education

Phone: 808-586-3334


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