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Hawaii Department of Education Announces New Leadership Appointments

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues to fill top leadership positions with the following interim and permanent appointments:

L to R: Rodney Luke, Clayton Kaninau

  • Rodney Luke, interim assistant superintendent, Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance
  • Clayton Kaninau, acting complex area superintendent, Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area

“I greatly appreciate having these experienced educators on my team,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “These latest appointees play a critical role in ensuring that we are engaging in targeted work at all levels of the department around the Implementation Plan’s three high impact strategies – school design, student voice and teacher collaboration.”

Rodney Luke will serve as Interim Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance, effective Oct. 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Luke has been the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area Superintendent since 2012. He started with the department in 1991 and has worked as a principal, vice-principal and teacher.

Clayton Kaninau will serve as Acting Complex Area Superintendent for the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area during the period of Luke’s interim appointment. Kaninau was previously on assignment as Complex Area Academic Officer. He is a former Principal of Kauluwela Elementary School and has worked in a variety of education roles in the department since 1985.