Hawaii DOE Focuses on Building School Leadership, Creates Leadership Institute

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this month will launch a new strategic initiative to support and develop effective leadership in public schools.

As the DOE continues its strategic transformation, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and the DOE have created a Leadership Institute under the Office of the Superintendent to manage the effort of strengthening department-wide leadership effectiveness.

“The need for a new approach to school leadership is evident, especially as we face the potential retirement of a number of veteran principals,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The challenges and opportunities for developing effective leadership starts where the leadership pipeline begins – identification, recruitment, development, and support of school leaders. The capacity to lead and manage change represents one of the largest risks to the Department’s efforts to transform Hawaii’s system of education.”

Doug Murata

Doug Murata

Douglas Murata, the DOE’s assistant superintendent for the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and a veteran senior executive specializing in strategic and change management in Hawaii, has been tapped to head this effort at the Leadership Institute.

Mr. Murata joined the DOE in June 2011, bringing an established record of turnaround management and system transformation for over 20 years. He played a major role in leading organizational change efforts at The Queen’s Health Systems, Pacific Guardian Life, and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply toward improved performance, as well as resource, economic, and organizational sustainability. Mr. Murata also served as president and CEO of Royal State National and Mutual Benefit Trust at Royal State Insurance, where he developed and implemented a turnaround strategy as part of a new strategic vision. Murata earned a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Hawaii. He begins his new post on March 25.

Corey Moriyama

Corey Moriyama

Succeeding Mr. Murata as OHR assistant superintendent will be Corey Moriyama, a Senior Human Resources executive with 25 years of expertise in the private, public and non-profit sector. He is a leader, problem solver, strategic planner in all areas of HR management, process improvement, affirmative action, diversity and labor relations that has impacted 26 states.

Mr. Moriyama comes to the DOE from the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (A&B, LLC), where he is director of human resources. He has previously served as the director of human resources at Minnesota State University Moorhead and at the Seattle Department of Transportation. Mr. Moriyama has also held human resources leadership positions at the Washington State Department of Transportation, Hawaii Human Development, Coca-Cola of Northern California, and California Pacific Medical Center. Mr. Moriyama possesses a wealth of expertise in human resources strategies, programs, policies, and processes. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Hawaii. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Hawaiian Educational Council, Hawaii Pacific University, Heald College, Denver Business College, Kapiolani Community College.

Big Island Police Looking for 21-Year-Old Missing Hilo Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 21-year-old Hilo man.

Jensen Joshua Yadao

Jensen Joshua Yadao

Jensen Joshua Yadao was last contacted by a relative on March 10 and has not been seen since.

He is described as part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-4, about 120 pounds with brown eyes, short black hair and a tan complexion.

His family is concerned for his safety and well-being.

Police ask that anyone who may know his whereabouts or have information about this case call Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


The Food Basket, Inc. Receives $2,000 from SSFM International

The Food Basket, Inc. has accepted a generous donation of $2,000 from SSFM International to support its operations on the Big Island. The monetary donation was accompanied by a donation of food for various feeding programs island-wide.

SSFM International, an engineering, project management, planning, and construction management firm with a local office in Hilo decided to sponsor The Food Basket as part of their holiday drive last year. Each year SSFM selects a local non-profit or charity they believe plays a major role in community assistance.

SSFM International selected The Food Basket this year because of the personal experiences of staff members and their families. “It was an easy choice for us this year,” stated the local Hilo Office’s Manager, Jo-Anna Herkes.

The staff of twenty employees was able to raise $1,000 and over seventy-five pounds of food while obtaining a dollar-for-dollar match from their corporate office to assist the community of Hawai`i island. One employee, upon receipt of a Christmas bonus, decided to contribute additional monies to the local non-profit.

Food Basket Executive Director En Young

Food Basket Executive Director En Young

“It is a testament to the generosity of the employees of SSFM that they were able to raise such a large amount of money and food from so few employees in such a short amount of time. We’re extremely grateful,” said Food Basket Executive Director En Young.

SSFM has been a contributor to major construction projects on the island of Hawai`i including the Kea`au-Pahoa road improvements as well as the Puainako street and Queen Ka`ahumanu highway widening projects on both sides of the Big Island.

The $2,000 will go to support the programs and operations of the Food Basket. In 2012, the Food Basket collected, stored, and delivered over 1,067,000 pounds of dry goods, frozen meats and cheeses, fresh produce, canned fruits, vegetables, meats, and prepared meals to over 146,000 individuals and families on the Big Island. This food supports local emergency food pantries, hot meal soup kitchens, seniors in need, schools, and other businesses, non-profits, and individuals in the community wishing to help the Food Basket alleviate hunger in Hawaii County.


Governor Abercrombie Announces UH Board of Regents Nominations

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the nominations of Eugene Bal III, Barry T. Mizuno, and Randolph A. Moore to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. The nominations are subject to state Senate confirmation.

Bal and Mizuno’s terms for the Maui and Hawaii County seats, respectively, are effective July 1, 2013. Moore begins his term immediately upon confirmation by a full Senate vote. He will complete the term of At-Large Regent Michael Dahilig, who resigned before his term ends on July 1, 2013. Moore will then begin a new term on July 1, 2013.

“These nominees have exceptionally strong leadership qualities and the experience and expertise to guide the University of Hawaii System to its full potential,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “As a UH alumnus, I understand the critical role the university plays in our state economy and the opportunity it provides for students and researchers. These appointees are fully committed to resolving the governance challenges currently at issue. They know the UH System needs and deserves our support.”

The Governor’s nominees were selected from a list of nominations provided to the Governor by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council.

Maui County Nominee
Eugene Bal III retired as a U.S. Navy captain after 25 years of service, which included a decade of combat flying and time as a chief engineer for the development and acquisition of avionic systems. He has served as the executive director of the Maui High Performance Computing Center for the past 16 years of its 19-year history. Combined with his naval career, he has more than 40 years of experience in leadership roles, managing all aspects of complex scientific, technical and engineering programs.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bal earned a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the Advance Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Hawaii County Nominee
Barry T. Mizuno has been a leader in the geothermal power business for 20 years. As onsite manager for the Puna Geothermal Venture, he oversaw the project at its infancy from 1992 to 2006. Mizuno retired in 2006 to form BTM LLC, a private energy consulting firm before retiring in 2012.

Mizuno has also served in positions within Hawaii County across two administrations, including finance director and managing director. A certified public accounted, he has resided on the Big Island since 1983 when he became the chief financial officer, treasurer and controller of Hamakua Sugar Company, Inc. He currently serves on the UH Board of Regents as chair of the Planning and Facilities Committee, vice-chair of the Committee on University Audits, and member of the Committees on Community Colleges and Budget and Finance.

Mizuno earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

At-Large Nominee
Randolph G. Moore is a retired business executive, middle school teacher and Department of Education administrator.

After two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, Moore returned to Hawaii to begin a 35-year business career. Retiring from Kaneohe Ranch, he went on to teach at Central Middle School in Honolulu and assisted in the implementation of the 2004 Legislature’s “Reinventing Education” act. Before retiring, he served at the state Department of Education as assistant superintendent for the Office of School Facilities and Support Services.

Moore earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and often conducts musicology lectures at the University.

In accordance with the State of Hawaii Constitution, the UH Board of Regents have the power to formulate policy and exercise internal organization and management of the university through its executive officer, the president of the university. Consisting of 15 members, the UH Board of Regents includes at least one member who is a UH student (currently Jeffrey Acido) at the time of his or her initial appointment. At least 12 non-student members represent specific geographic areas in the state, with two from Hawaii County, two from Maui County, one from Kauai County, and seven from the City and County of Honolulu.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Kona Boy

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing from Kona.

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni

Chance Gorelangton-Kuanoni was last seen in Kailua-Kona on December 10, 2012.

He is described as 5-foot-5, 150 pounds with brown eyes, black wavy hair and a dark complexion. He may be in Kona or South Kohala.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.