Complex Area Superintendents

Learn more about the Department's top leadership at our 15 Complex Areas. Each Complex Area is comprised of two to four school complexes, consisting of a high school and the elementary and middle/intermediate schools that feed into it.

​Sta​te Leadership​​Meet the leaders driving improvements and setting standards of excellence in the public school system, in academics, operations, facilities, human resources, technology and more.

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Honolulu District​​​


Ruth Silberstein

Ruth Silberstein, Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt

Ruth Silberstein, who served as Palolo Elementary’s principal for 11 years, was appointed complex area superintendent effective July 2, 2012. Under her leadership, Palolo Elementary proficiency rates in reading and math soared as she successfully tackled challenges such as poverty and the learning needs of English Language Learners, and created a schoolwide STEM curriculum in 2008. Her school leadership positions include vice principal at Waihee Elementary (1991-93), Pukalani Elementary principal (1993-97), and Puohala Elementary principal (1997-2001), before taking the helm at Palolo Elementary. Silberstein holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Chaminade College, and a master of elementary education and a master of education administration, both from the University of Hawaii. 


Donna Lum Kagawa

Donna Lum Kagawa, Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani

Donna Kagawa served as the Administrator for the Department’s Professional Development and Educational Research Institute (PDERI) prior to being appointed Complex Area Superintendent for Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani. As an educator, she spent 14 years in the Los Angeles County and Pasadena Unified School District as a teacher, program specialist and dean of students. Upon returning to Hawaii, Kagawa taught at Kalani High and Ala Wai Elementary in special education, then served as a vice principal and principal of Hokulani Elementary, which was recognized as a distinguished Blue Ribbon School. As a result of her passion to serve in high-poverty areas, Kagawa became principal at Jarrett Middle School where she partnered to turnaround the school while in restructuring and raise student achievement, with the vision that all students can be ready for college, career, community and life. Kagawa holds a bacherlor's degree from the University of Hawaii, and a master's in Special Education and an educational administration certification from California State University, Los Angeles.


Central Oahu District

Bob Davis

Robert Davis, Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua

Robert Davis was appointed complex area superintendent effective Jan. 1, 2017, moving into the position from Ka'ala Elementary, where he was the principal. Prior to that he was a Personnel Regional Officer for the Department's Central District Office as well as a vice principal, counselor and teacher at Leilehua High School. Davis has also coached high school athletics including football (12 years) and soccer (5 years). Davis earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a proud graduate of Leilehua High School. 


John Erickson

John Erickson, Aiea-Moanalua-Radford

John Erickson was appointed as the Acting Complex Area Superintendent in August 2013, and named CAS in September 2015. Erickson joined HIDOE in 1994 as a counselor at Moanalua Elementary after working for two years in New York City Public Schools. Mr. Erickson served as vice principal at Pearl Harbor Elementary (2003-2008), principal at Aiea Elementary (2008), and most recently principal at Hickam Elementary (2009-2013). Under his leadership, Hickam Elementary achieved Recognition Status under the Strive HI Performance System. Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from State University of New York, Albany and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from City University of New York.


​ ​​​Leeward Oahu District

Clayton Kaninau, Pearl City-Waipahu

Clayton Kaninau will serve as Acting Complex Area Superintendent for the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area during the period of CAS Rodney Luke's interim appointment. Principal Kaninau is currently on assignment as Complex Area Academic Officer, prior to which he was Principal of Kauluwela Elementary School. He has worked in a variety of educator roles in the Department since 1985.


Ann Mahi

Ann Mahi, Nanakuli-Waianae
Ann Mahi began her career with the Department in 1976, teaching at Waianae, Aiea, Radford and Kahuku high schools. Mahi has held numerous school and state leadership positions, including vice principal at Heeia Elementary (1991-93), Kailua Elementary principal (1994-97), and Kalaheo Complex School Renewal Specialist (1997-2000). Mahi was the instructional services educational director (2000-02) and the school and community leadership director (2002-07) in the Department’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support. During her principalship of Roosevelt High (2007-11),  the school's counseling team worked to identify student needs and use data to conduct home visits, formulate alternative routes to graduation, plan advisory class activities, and coordinate credit recovery after-school classes. Mahi was the acting complex area superintendent for Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt complex for one year (2011-12), moving to Nanakuli-Waianae effective Aug. 15, 2012. Mahi holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and master degrees in curriculum and instruction, and educational administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Heidi Armstrong

Heidi Armstrong, Campbell-Kapolei

Heidi Armstrong served as Iroquois Point Elementary's principal for six years prior to becoming complex area superintendent for Campbell-Kapolei in July 2012. Armstrong’s leadership led to continuous improvements in school performance and quality, as comprehensive supports for students helped boost reading and math proficiency. She began her career with the Department in 1988 as a math teacher at Pohakea Elementary, where she became vice principal in 2000. Armstrong also was the vice principal at Waipahu High from 2001-02. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Windward Oahu District

Matt Ho

Matt Ho, Castle-Kahuku

Matt Ho began his education career at Kailua High in 2001 as an English teacher for grades nine and 10. He went on to serve in several leadership positions including Kailua High School vice principal (2003-2009) and Laie Elementary School principal (2009-2015). While at Laie Elementary, he created viable health and wellness programs through partnerships with the UH and Department of Health. Ho received his bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in teaching from the UH-Manoa.


Lanelle Hibbs

Lanelle Hibbs, Kailua-Kalaheo

Lanelle Hibbs has worked in the DOE for 29 years. Prior to her assignment as Acting CAS, Hibbs was principal at Kailua Elementary. Under her leadership, Kailua Elementary recently received a six-year accreditation status from WASC. Hibbs was named Windward District Principal of the Year in 2012 and has been a Masayuki Tokioka Award nominee twice. She previously taught at Kahuku and Heeia Elementary Schools. HIbbs holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Hawaii District

Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett, Hilo-Waiakea​

Brad Bennett, who has more than 14 years of experience with the Department, most recently served as principal of Waiakeawaena Elementary for two years where he created and implemented the Five Year School Improvement Plan based Strive HI metrics and began the implementation of the Intent Based Leadership Initiative. Bennett also served as principal of Haaheo Elementary and vice principal of Ewa Elementary. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian-Pacific history and master’s degree in special education from UH-Manoa.


Chad Farias

Chad Farias, Kau-Keaau-Pahoa

Farias has spent his entire career on Hawaii Island and has served as principal for Keaau Elementary School since 2008. Farias’ leadership has helped Keaau Elementary become one of the pioneers in digital device use among its students. The increased use has helped elevate student achievement and reduce chronic absenteeism at the school. Prior to becoming principal at Keaau Elementary, Farias served as vice principal at Keonepoko Elementary and his alma mater, Hilo High, where his career began as a teacher. He has a Masters of Arts EDEA in Education Administration from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and a Bachelor of Arts in History-Education from Loyola Marymount University..


Art Souza

Arthur (Art) Souza, Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena

Art Souza began his career with the Department in 1989 as a teacher at Honokaa High ​and Intermediate. From 1991 to 2005, he served as Honokaa High and Intermediate principal (2003-2005), Waikoloa Elementary principal (1997-2003), Waimea Elementary and Intermediate vice principal (1994-1997), and Honokaa High and Intermediate vice ​principal (1991-1994). He was appointed as complex area superintendent in January 2005. Souza has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He also holds a master’s degree in community development from Central Michigan University.


Maui District​

Kathleen DiminoBaldwin-Kekaulike-Maui

Kathleen Dimino has been with the department since 1991 and is presently the principal at Pukalani Elementary School. She has also served as a vice principal at King Kekaulike High and Lahaina Intermediate, district education specialist, state resource teacher, student services coordinator, English teacher and special education teacher.


Lindsey Ball

Lindsay Ball, Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai

Lindsay Ball started teaching in 1979 at schools in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska before moving to Hawaii in 1991. His Hawaii career started at Maui High, where he was a business teacher and wrestling coach for six years. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the vice principal at Maui High, Lahainaluna High, King Kamehameha III Elementary, and Kihei Elementary schools, and was named principal of King Kamehameha III in 2001. Ball has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was appointed to the leadership team in August 2008.


Kauai District


Bill Arakaki

William (Bill) Arakaki, Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea

William Arakaki joined the Leadership Team in August 2007. Arakaki served as principal of Waimea High (1999-2007). He was vice principal at Kapaa Middle (1996-99), Kapaa High (1993-96), Wilcox Elementary (1992-93, administrative trainee), and Kauai High (1990-92, acting). Arakaki was a teacher at Kauai High’s alternative learning center (1988-90), Waipahu High (1980-88), and Kailua High (1979-80). He has a bachelor’s degree in education and an education administrative certificate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.​

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