William Arakaki to speak at School for Adults commencement

William Arakaki, Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent, Department of Education, will deliver the congratulatory message to the adult learners who earned their state of Hawai‘i High School Diploma through Kaua‘i Community School for Adults this year.

The commencement ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m., June 3, at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

William Arakaki began his career with the Department of Education at Waipahu High School in September of 1979. Hired initially as a special motivation teacher, he went on to teach “at-risk” students for eight years. During his tenure at Waipahu High School he also coached various team sports and was head advisor for the class of 1988.

In September of 1988, he relocated to Kaua‘i to assume the alternative learning center teaching position at Kaua‘i High School. Mr. Arakaki continued to work with the “at-risk” population and taught real life skills to students who were challenged by academic, social, emotional and physical needs.

Once again he coached the football and track teams. His interest turned to the field of educational administration after a temporary assignment as a vice principal in the spring of 1990. Upon obtaining his 1993 certification in school administration, he went on to serve as vice principal at several of the elementary, middle and high schools on the island.

His performance from 1998 as the Waimea High School principal, led to his appointment as the Kaua‘i Complex Area Superintendent in July of 2007.

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