Our monthly online publication to highlight bright spots from across the public school system. This month's issue features a message from Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi.
Editorial Mission: As the Department’s primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo — to cherish with pride — by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across the system.
Mahalo and Happy Holidays from Interim Superintendent Hayashi
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$3 million donation supports teacher-led projects
The holidays came early for over 2,000 HIDOE teachers!
Through a generous donation from Marc and Lynne Benioff and matching funds from the Department, teacher-led projects – ranging from in-class science labs at Laupāhoehoe Charter School to the design of an on-campus perpetual garden at ʻEwa Makai Middle – were fully funded. Using the nonprofit organization DonorsChoose, a program whose mission is to support public school educators, 2,004 local teachers received up to $1,000 toward their classroom projects. Additional funds from this partnership will support more requests next year.
»Jade Takehiro is a budget specialist in the Office of Fiscal Services. Jade is also a Hilo High School alumni and parent of an eighth grader at Niu Valley Middle School.
»Wimmie Wong Lui is a budget specialist with the Office of Fiscal Services, and a grateful parent of two children who attend Waikīkī Elementary.
Mahalo and a hui hou: Congratulations to Kathy Dimino on her retirement
Our sincerest mahalo goes to Kathy Dimino as she retires from the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area Superintendent position after a devoted 32 years of service to the Department. We deeply admire the passion, commitment, and care she dedicated to our keiki and wish her all the best.
We extend a warm welcome to Jamie Yap as he assumes the complex area superintendent role for the BKM district. Jamie started his HIDOE career 40 years ago as a teacher. He’s served as principal of Maui High School since 2017 and was the long-time principal of Maui Waena Intermediate School before that.
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