LIHUE — Kauai Superintendent Bill Arakaki has announced his retirement.
After serving in the role as Kauai Complex Area Superintendent for 13 years, and 40 years total with the Department of Education, Arakaki announced Monday he’s leaving the district effective June 30, 2020.
He said the Department of Education is in the process of finding a new person to fill the role, with a goal of transitioning in that new person and getting them up to speed before that June 30 deadline.
“I have given considerable thought to this significant decision over the past few years and I feel this is the right time to retire,” Arakaki said. “I am proud to have worked with such fine and respectable educators, parents, business and community members. Most of all are the keiki and students who have brought inspiration and joy during my 40 years of service..”
Before taking up the role as Kauai Complex Area Superintendent, Arakaki served as principal at Waimea High from 1999-2007. He’s been vice principal at four schools on Kauai — Kapaa Middle from 1996-1999, Kapaa High from 1993-96, Wilcox Elementary from 1992-93), and Kauai High from1990-92, as well as serving as acting vice principal in the role currently.
He was also a teacher in Kauai High School’s alternative learning center from 1988-1990.