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Job Opportunities OpportunitiesWelcome to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE). Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff to cultivate equity and excellence at our public schools.
Hawaii student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted driving student advocates call for end to dangerous, distracted drivingDozens of Dole Middle School students were sign-waving today to implore drivers and passengers to reduce risky behaviors while on the road with the “Stop If You Love Me” campaign.
Alumni and Transcripts and TranscriptsWelcome, alumni! Staying connected to your high school ohana (or even middle and elementary school) is important in the Islands. Many alumni are keeping in touch via social networks and Parent-Community Networking Centers at their alma maters.
Contact Us UsWe want to hear from you! Fill out our feedback form to connect with the Department directly about your experiences with our schools. If you need contact information for our schools or offices, the DOE Directory and List of Schools can be found in Related Downloads, below right.
FAQ are some of the key questions the Department gets asked on a regular basis. Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Please contact the Communications Office: 808-586-3232, or
Help in the Classroom in the ClassroomAre you looking for opportunities to connect directly with students and teachers? We’re looking for tutors, mentors and caring members of the community to augment the work of our talented educators to guide students on their journey to college and career readiness. There are many ways to contribute.
Selling to the DOE to the DOEThe information that follows provides an overview of the purchasing procedures in the Department. Other requirements and approvals may apply to specific purchases, and there may be exceptions to these procedures.
Media Kit KitKey facts about the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), contact list, fact sheets, reports, data, and other items to assist the media and interested parties.
Mission 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.
School Facilities FacilitiesWith 256 schools that were built, on average, 65 years ago, the Department’s repair and maintenance of school buildings and systems is in constant motion. In addition, we are engaged in a revolution of energy efficiency and sustainability in our schools that will help us meet the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, while educating our keiki and reducing utility costs. Read on for our programs and partners.
Our Schools SchoolsThe teachers, leaders and support staff at Hawaii’s public schools provide a rigorous standards-based education in the K-12 pipeline that is supported by various programs designed to create success for each student, and increase college and career readiness. Greater detail about these programs can be found under Teaching & Learning, Beyond the Classroom and Parents & Students. The school system is organized into 15 Complex Areas.
Kamehameha Schools SchoolsThe state’s largest private trust and the Department collaborate on educational improvements on the Waianae Coast and other communities serving large numbers of Native Hawaiians.
Partnerships for Education for EducationThe Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education teams the DOE with the state’s Executive Office on Early Learning and the University of Hawaii system to strengthen the educational pipeline from early childhood through higher education, with the goal to help all students achieve college, career and community readiness. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy.
Parent Teacher Association Teacher AssociationAnother layer of supports for schools — and volunteer opportunities — is with the Hawaii State Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), a volunteer advocacy organization that is open to anyone in the community. The PTSA provides resources outside of the regular educational environment for parents, teachers and students so that Hawaii’s kids can excel in education, society and life. It offers leadership training for local units.
Working with Facilities with FacilitiesInformation about the Department's procurement process, working with the Hawaii Electronic Procurement System (HePS), development fees and more. Please contact the Office of School Facilities and Support Services with any questions relating to procurement and development.
An Expectation of College Expectation of CollegeThe public school system in Hawaii is charged with preparing our students for life. Life, increasingly, requires knowledge and skill sets that can best be achieved through a post-secondary education — from 2-year job certification to doctoral programs. Our Strategic Plan directs that more students be ready for and enroll in college. This page offers an overview of initiatives and results aligned with that effort.
Donating to schools to schools​Contribute to the lifeblood of the community by donating to our public schools. The financial and material assistance provided by caring individuals and partners can make the difference in young lives.
Licensure and Certification and CertificationIn order to qualify to work for the Department, you may need to meet certain licensure and/or certification requirements, depending on the position you are seeking.
Working in Hawaii in HawaiiIn addition to providing important services to the education of our children, employment with the Department has many benefits: Vacation and holidays, health plans and a pension plan.
The Department's Budget Department's BudgetThe Department operates Hawaii's public schools on a $1.9 billion budget comprised primarily of state funds (81 percent), as well as federal, special and trust funds. Hawaii is 17th in the nation for per-pupil spending. Learn about the Operating and Capital Improvement Projects budgets, state comparisons and more.
Leadership Profiles and Staff Profiles and StaffThe Board of Education hires the superintendent as the chief executive officer of the public school system and approves all leadership appointments. The superintendent appoints a deputy superintendent and six assistant superintendents to oversee curriculum, instruction, and student support; human resources; fiscal services; school facilities; and information technology services. The superintendent also appoints 15 complex area superintendents.
Offices and Branches and BranchesThe Department’s state-level offices are responsible for curriculum management, compliance with state and federal regulations, student testing and support, data management, civil rights, education reform, military outreach and Department-wide communications. Each reports directly to either the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent. The 15 Complex Area Superintendents report to the Deputy Superintendent.
Board of Education of EducationThe 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, and hear reports from the Superintendent and Board committees.
School Community Councils Community Councils​School Community Councils are forums for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principals, teachers, school staff, parents, students, and community members. They help craft the school's Academic Plan and Financial Plan, which establish the goals and programs for the school, and the available resources.
Farm to School to SchoolThe goal of the ‘Aina Pono Farm to School program is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The program also aims to systematically increase state purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with the ‘āina (land) through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.
Civil Rights Compliance Office (CRCO) Rights Compliance Office (CRCO)The CRCO is committed to the Hawaii State Department of Education's (HIDOE) overall compliance with Federal, State, DOE Administrative Rules, and Policy, which strictly prohibit any form of discrimination.
Vendor Instructions for HePS Instructions for HePSHow to work with the Hawaii eProcurement System (HePS) for construction-related projects.
All voices welcome in shaping our education future voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.
Washington Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the Year Middle School’s Sung Man Park named Hawaii’s 2017 State Teacher of the YearWashington Middle School teacher Sung Man Park was named Hawaii's 2017 State Teacher of the Year. The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education.
Librarians win awards for growing digital resources, school communities win awards for growing digital resources, school communitiesSchool Library Journal honored two public school librarians in Hawaii this year: Michelle Colte (Hale Kula El) and Denise Sumida (Pearl Harbor El). What do they have in common? Using technology to promote literacy and community, with a focus on student support and learning.

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