Statement: Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi on the passing of Ronald E. Bright


A legendary educator, "Mr. B" taught the performing arts at Castle High School for 41 years; the school's theater is named for him. But his signature achievement is teaching kids to believe in themselves.


Ron Bright was a legend in the Hawaii State Department of Education for his work as an educator and mentor. His excellence in education earned him the Milken Award in 1990; and in 1994, Castle High’s theater became the Ronald E. Bright Theater. 

There are many of us who will mourn his passing especially those connected to Castle High School where he taught for 41 years before retiring in 1998.  

There will also be a celebration for his life of service to his community, and his contributions to culture and the arts. 

Mr. Bright, or “Mr. B,” as he was affectionately known, has positively influenced countless numbers of students and educators. He taught students and friends to always believe in themselves. We are so grateful for his inspiring lessons. 

May we always believe. 

​On behalf of the Hawaii State Department of Education, I extend sincere condolences to the Bright family. 

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232



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