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.

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Honolulu District​​​

Linell Dilwith

Linell Dilwith, Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt

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

Rochelle Mahoe, Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani

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

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

Keith Hui

Keith Hui, Pearl City-Waipahu

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.

Sione Thompson

Sione Thompson, Nanakuli-Waianae

Sione Thompson was appointed Complex Area Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as the executive director for the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission for three years. Thompson was a Title III program director for the University of Hawaii West Oahu and held various positions at Saint Louis School including principal for two years. 

Sean Tajima

Sean Tajima, Campbell-Kapolei

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

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 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Lanelle Hibbs

Lanelle Hibbs, Kailua-Kalaheo

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.

Hawaii District

Chad Farias

Chad Farias, Kau-Keaau-Pahoa

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.

CAS Esther Kanehailua

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.


CAS Janette Snelling

Janette Snelling, Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena

Janette Snelling has been a leader in education on Hawai‘i Island since 2001. Previously, Snelling was the Deputy Complex Area Superintendent of the West Hawai‘i Complex Area and assisted in the development of comprehensive school design models that reflected unique priorities of students, school, and community. Snelling began her career as a guidance counselor at Waimea Elementary and Intermediate School and Kohala High School, and later became vice principal at Kohala High School and principal at Kohala Middle School and Kohala High School. She has an Administrator Certification from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, a Masters of Science in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Purdue University.


Maui District​

Kathleen DiminoBaldwin-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.

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

Paul Zina

Paul Zina, Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea

Paul Zina was appointed Complex Area Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. A veteran educator and leader, Zina has been with the Department for over 23 years and was previously the principal at Eleele Elementary School for five years. He also served as teacher and vice principal.

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