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Our Statewide School District

While all of HIDOE’s districts offer distinctive characteristics and locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands, they personify our mission of empowering students for the brightest futures.

The District:

The Hawai`i State Department of Education is a large statewide school district comprised of 257 schools that are divided into seven smaller districts across the Hawaiian islands. On the island of O‘ahu, you’ll find four smaller districts – Honolulu, Central, Leeward and Windward.  On the island of Hawai`i, you’ll find Hawai`i District.  On the islands of Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i, you’ll find Maui District.   On the island of Kaua‘i, you’ll find Kaua‘i District.   Each district is subdivided into complex areas. Each district complex includes high schools and the middle and elementary schools that feed into them.

Teaching on O‘ahu:

There are four school districts on the island of O‘ahu: Honolulu, Central, Leeward, and Windward. The Honolulu, Central, and Leeward districts are comprised of six complexes, and Windward is comprised of four. Each complex features one high school and a variety of middle and elementary schools.

  • Teachers: 7,498
  • Students: 114,514
  • Support Staff: 5,668
  • Elementary Schools: 119
  • Elementary-Middle Schools: 1
  • Elementary-Middle-High Schools: 2
  • Middle Schools: 2
  • Intermediate Schools: 4

Teaching on Hawai‘i:

The Hawai‘i district is comprised of nine complexes—Hilo, Waiākea, Honoka‘a, Kealakehe, Kohala, Konawaena, Ka‘ū, Kea‘au, and Pāhoa. Each Hawai‘i district complex includes one high school, which is fed by a variety of middle and elementary schools.

  • Teachers: 1,553
  • Students: 23,091
  • Support Staff: 1,215
  • Elementary Schools: 22
  • Elementary-Middle Schools: 3
  • Elementary-Middle-High Schools: 2
  • Middle Schools: 6
  • Intermediate Schools: 2
  • High Schools: 6

Teaching on Maui:

The Maui district is spread across three islands – Maui, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i – and is comprised of seven complexes: Baldwin, Kekaulike, Maui, Hāna, Lahainaluna, Lāna‘i, and Moloka‘i. You’ll find most of the district’s complexes on the island of Maui itself, with others settled on the nearby islands of and Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. Each complex includes a high school along with the middle schools and elementary schools that feed it.

  • Teachers: 1,274
  • Students: 19,595
  • Support Staff: 877
  • Elementary Schools: 15
  • Elementary-Middle-High Schools: 1
  • Middle Schools: 5
  • High Schools: 4

Teaching on Moloka’i:

  • Teachers: 72
  • Students: 941
  • Support Staff: 93
  • Elementary Schools: 3
  • Middle Schools: 1
  • High Schools: 1

Teaching on Lāna‘i:

  • Teachers: 44
  • Students: 569
  • Support Staff: 35
  • Elementary-Middle-High Schools: 1

Teaching on Kaua’i:

The Kaua‘i District is comprised of three complexes —Kaua‘i, Ka-pa‘a, and Wai-mea. Each complex includes one high school, each fed by one middle school and anywhere from three to five elementary schools. The Kaua‘i District also includes charter and community schools.

  • Teachers: 570
  • Students: 4,227
  • Support Staff: 447
  • Elementary Schools: 9
  • Middle Schools: 3
  • High Schools: 3

Ask Our Aloha Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are here to answer your questions about living in the Hawaiian islands and working in our public schools. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them with any questions that you may have.

Luke Kahawai

Luke Kahawai

  • Island: Kauai
  • District: Kauai
  • Position: Physical Education (PE)
Kauai is a small community and it's that family atmosphere that makes working on Kauai so great.
Luke's Advice
Sheena Carmela Juliano

Sheena Carmela Juliano

  • Island: Oahu, Kauai
  • District: Honolulu
  • Position: STEM Teacher
I believe the HIDOE greatest strength is providing networking opportunities between teachers through various PDs
Sheena's Advice
Lorna Baniaga-Lee

Lorna Baniaga-Lee

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Leeward
  • Position: English Teacher
From my experiences with Campbell-Kapolei Complex, they care about their teachers and their school.
Lorna's Advice
Carli Gardner

Carli Gardner

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Windward
  • Position: CTE - Natural Resources Pathway
Great support from our District Team and Complex Area Superintendent!
Carli's Advice
Verona Holder

Verona Holder

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Central
  • Position: 5th Grade General Education Teacher
My complex is known for their athletic programs and Advanced Placement courses.
Verona's Advice
Lydia Haff

Lydia Haff

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Leeward
  • Position: 9th Grade English
The students here have a strong sense of community. They understand the importance of family and the need to help and seek support from others.
Lydia's Advice
Jen Evans

Jen Evans

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Honolulu
  • Position: 3rd Grade
I enjoy that these young students have such caring hearts. My students have all found ways to give back to the community in unique ways.
Jen's Advice
Brad Kusunoki

Brad Kusunoki

  • Island: Oahu
  • District: Central
  • Position: School Counselor
Diversity, every student is different in many ways and each brings a different perspective to the school.
Brad's Advice
Clint Labrador

Clint Labrador

  • Island: Molokai
  • District: Maui
  • Position: 5th and 6th grade Special Education Teacher
I think the Hawaii Dept. of Education's greatest strength is the sense of Aloha.
Clint's Advice
Michelle Fujie

Michelle Fujie

  • Island: Lanai
  • District: Maui
  • Position: High School Math Teacher
Aloha and Connectedness, we all share a passion and love of educating and provide opportunities for our students.
Michelle's Advice
Jennifer Rikert

Jennifer Rikert

  • Island: Maui
  • District: Maui
  • Position: Full Release Special Education Mentor and Autism Team RT
The autonomy that each school has is empowering and it brings an individual culture to each school.
Jennifer's Advice
Amy Pankowski

Amy Pankowski

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: 3rd Grade Special Education/Inclusion
Our biggest strength is our resilience and helping nature. We are known for the Lava.
Amy 's Advice
Kristal Blacksmith

Kristal Blacksmith

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: Middle School Science
Our school is known to be small and personalized, we make sure our students get what they need.
Kristal's Advice
Adrean Floro

Adrean Floro

  • Island: Hawai‘i
  • District: Hawai‘i
  • Position: Student Services Coordinator & RTI Lead
The greatest strength of the HIDOE is the awareness of the Hawaiian culture and acceptance of diversity.
Adrean's Advice