Keith Hayashi, Interim Superintendent
Keith T. Hayashi was appointed interim superintendent of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, effective Aug. 1, 2021. He will serve until the start date of a new superintendent to be appointed by the Board of Education.
Hayashi’s 32-year career with the Department spans the school, complex area and state level. He has led Waipahu High School as principal since 2009, a position for which he has received numerous awards, including Hawai‘i High School Principal of the Year and the collegiate Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. He is credited with pioneering the Early College program in Hawai‘i public schools and earned the distinction for Waipahu High as the state’s first nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy model school.
Hayashi began his education career at Lehua Elementary as a teacher and went on to serve as a district resource teacher in Leeward O‘ahu. He also served as a vice principal and principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels before becoming Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area Superintendent. At the state level, he served as interim deputy state superintendent and as interim state superintendent in 2017. Hayashi earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also holds two Master of Education degrees — in curriculum and instruction, and educational administration — from UH Mānoa.
Rochelle Mahoe: FKK Complex Area Superintendent
Rochelle Mahoe was named Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) effective July 2, 2018. Prior to becoming CAS, Mahoe had 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.