Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 794




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Education, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 794, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Board of Education


G.M. No. 794


for a term to expire 06-30-2024,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by William Arakaki for service on the Board of Education.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of William Arakaki from one member of the House of Representatives, Kauai County Office of the Mayor, three members of the Kauai County Council, HawaiiKidsCAN, Grove Farm, and twenty-three individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to the nomination for the appointment of William Arakaki from three individuals.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Arakaki's experience, background, and commitment to public service qualifies him for appointment to the Board of Education. Your Committee further finds that Mr. Arakaki has over forty years of experience in various positions either teaching, coaching, or as an administrator for the Department of Education. Mr. Arakaki later became the Kauai Complex Area Superintendent and held that position for thirteen years. Your Committee notes that Mr. Arakaki, although retired, has continued to remain committed to lending his expertise in education for the betterment of youth and giving back to the community. Your Committee further notes that Mr. Arakaki's institutional knowledge, collaborative skills, and willingness to serve others will be assets to the Board of Education. Your Committee therefore recommends that Mr. Arakaki be appointed to the Board of Education based on his extensive work experience, compassion, and dedication to education.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,