Linell Dilwith was named Interim Complex Area Superintendent effective July 24, 2018. She has been a principal with the Department for 10 years, six of which have been at Stevenson Middle. She has also served as principal at Lanakila Elementary, member of the Leadership Institute Design and Advisory committee, School Turnaround Specialist and Interim Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area Superintendent in 2017. She was recently honored as the 2018 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal.
Rochelle Mahoe was named Complex Area Superintendent effective July 2, 2018. Mahoe has been principal of Noelani Elementary since 2006. She has also served as vice principal at Pearl City High School and Likelike Elementary School, and taught mathematics in our classrooms. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, and Master of Education in Teaching and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Hawai‘i.
Central Oahu District
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 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
Keith Hui was appointed Complex Area Superintendent effective July 2, 2018. Hui has been with the Department for more than 20 years, most recently as principal of Waipahu Elementary, and also held leadership and teaching positions at Waimalu, Maili, Barber’s Point and Makaha elementary schools.
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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Sean Tajima was appointed as Complex Area Superintendent effective July 20, 2018. Tajima has been principal of Niu Valley Middle since 2014. Prior to that, he served as principal at Pauoa Elementary, Makakilo Elementary and as vice principal at Kapolei Middle. He began his career with the Department as a special education teacher at Nānākuli High and Intermediate.
Windward Oahu District
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 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Lanelle Hibbs has worked in the DOE for 29 years. Prior to her 2015 appointment as 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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Farias has spent his entire career on Hawaii Island and had served as principal for Kea‘au Elementary School since 2008. Farias’ leadership has helped Kea‘au 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 Kea‘au 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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a Bachelor of Arts in History-Education from Loyola Marymount University.
Esther Kanehailua, Hilo-Waiakea
Effective July 1, 2019, Kanehailua will have oversight of the Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area, which includes Hilo and Waiakea high schools along with their elementary and intermediate feeder schools. Kanehailua has served as Deputy
Complex Area Superintendent since October 2018 for the Hilo-Waiakea and
Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex areas. Kanehailua, who began her education
career with the Department of Education nearly three decades ago, taught
at Hilo High before going on to serve as vice principal and principal
at various Hawaii Island schools including Hilo High, Hilo Intermediate,
Haaheo Elementary and Waiakea High.
Arthur (Art) Souza,
Art Souza began his career with the Department in 1989 as a teacher at Honoka‘a High and Intermediate. From 1991 to 2005, he served as Honoka‘a High and Intermediate principal (2003-2005), Waikoloa Elementary principal (1997-2003), Waimea Elementary and Intermediate vice principal (1994-1997), and Honoka‘a 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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also holds a master’s degree in community development from Central Michigan University.
Kathleen Dimino, Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui
Kathleen Dimino has been with the department since 1991 and was previously 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.
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.
William (Bill) Arakaki,
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.