Our Members

Board members are volunteers, who serve without pay and are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the senate.  A public high school student serves as a non-voting student representative and the senior military commander appoints a non-voting military representative. 

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Roy Takumi |
Chairperson, At Large

Roy Takumi was born and raised in Honolulu where he attended Maemae Elementary School, Kawananakoa Middle School, and McKinley High School. After graduating from high school, he joined the Hawaii Air National Guard then attended Leeward Community College, while working full-time at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a laborer. He later earned his Bachelor of Education from Long Island University and Master of Public Administration from the University of Hawaii.

Takumi served as a state representative from 1992-2022. In addition to holding other chairmanships, he spent 15 years – from 2002 to 2017 – as chair of the House Education Committee, and was the primary sponsor of the Reinventing Education Act of 2004, widely known as Act 51. It was also during his tenure as education chair that the Executive Office on Early Learning was established in 2012. Takumi was selected as vice chair of the Education Commission of the States from 2013-2017, and has also served as co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Education Standing Committee.

Board Chairperson Takumi’s term runs from May 3, 2024, through June 30, 2026.

Email: roy.takumi@boe.hawaii.gov


Kaimana Barcarse | Vice Chairperson, Hawaiʻi County

Damien “Kaimana” Barcarse currently serves as the West Hawaiʻi regional director for Kamehameha Schools and is also a DJ and program producer of Alana I Kai Hikina, a radio show which broadcasts entirely in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi on KWXX-FM. He has over 18 years of experience in education, including formerly serving as a Hawaiian cultural-based education department director for Kamehameha Schools, an ʻāina-based education department coordinator for Kamehameha Schools, and staff lecturer of ethno-zoology and voyaging & navigation for Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. His experience also includes serving as the director of the exploration sciences and voyaging department at ʻAha Pūnana Leo, apprentice navigator on the Hōkūleʻa, captain on Hōkūalakaʻi, member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and providing financial planning and consulting services at Primerica Financial Services. Board Member Barcarse has developed and instructed culture-based photography and video production classes, produced international and multi-lingual radio programming, and worked to develop the Indigenous Rights Radio program with the non-profit organization Cultural Survival. Board Member Barcarse received a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies and a Master of Arts in Hawaiian Language and Literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Board Member Barcarse’s term runs from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

Email: kaimana.barcarse@boe.hawaii.gov

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William "Bill" Arakaki | Member, Kauai County

William Arakaki is a retired educator who served the Hawaii State Department of Education for 40 years. He began as the Special Motivation teacher at Waipahu High School in September of 1980 then moved to Kauai to teach at Kauai High and Intermediate School in September of 1988. After becoming certified in school administration in 1993, Board Member Arakaki served as the Interim Vice Principal of Wilcox Elementary, Vice Principal of Kapaa High School, Vice Principal of Kapaa Middle School and the Principal of Waimea High School from 1998 through 2006. Board Member Arakaki became the Kauai Complex Area Superintendent in 2006 and retired on June 30, 2020. 

Board Member Arakaki has received the Kauai District Secondary Education Excellence Award in 2005 and the Kauai District Secondary Principal of the Year in 2001. School awards under his leadership include the Hawaii State Secondary Blue Ribbon School of the Year, Hawaii Governor’s Team of the Year Award, and Department of Education Team Excellence Award. Board Member Arakaki Arakaki received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1979. Board Member Arakaki's term runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Email: bill.arakaki@boe.hawaii.gov

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Elynne Chung  | Member, City and County of Honolulu 

Elynne Chung is a retired educator who served the Hawaii State Department of Education for over 30 years. Before her time with the Department, she worked as a paralegal administrative assistant in a law firm. She served as a teacher and curriculum coordinator at Hale Kula Elementary (1985-1999), before entering into the COHORT training program for aspiring administrators. This laid the groundwork for her terms as COHORT vice principal at Radford High School, vice principal at Makalapa Elementary School, and vice principal at Aiea High School. In 2003-2004, she served as the district educational specialist for special education for Central District. In 2004-2010, she was selected to become Principal of Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary, and in 2010 was named as Principal of Mililani Middle (Multi-Track) school. From 2015 to 2022, Chung worked with the community, legislators, City and County of Honolulu, and

various unions to transition Mililani Middle School into a single-track school. This would provide multi-track students the equitable number of school days as students in all other schools in the state.

Chung was recognized as Hawaii Secondary Principal of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She was also a semi-finalist for the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in Leadership Award in 2009 and 2015. School awards under her leadership and mentoring include continued high student achievement levels, top public school recognition for five consecutive years, and two six-year terms for accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Chung received her Bachelor of Education from the University of

Hawaii at Manoa in 1974 and master’s degree in education administration in 2000. 

Board Member Chung’s term runs from May 3, 2024, through June 30, 2026.

Email address: elynne.chung@boe.hawaii.gov

Ken Kuraya | Member, At Large

Kuraya is an educator who served for 40 years in various roles within the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) from the classroom to the administration. He has extensive experience in budgeting and expenditures, having planned and implemented processes and procedures to allocate and monitor over $1.8 billion to schools, complexes, districts and offices within the HIDOE. Kuraya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Western History and Eastern Political Science from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and received a Secondary School Teacher Certificate and School Administrator Certification from the University of Hawaiʻi. Board Member Kuraya's term runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024. He was appointed to complete the remainder of Catherine Payne's term, which began on July 1, 2021, after she resigned effective June 30, 2022.

“’A ‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia – No task is too big when done together by all,” said Kuraya.

Email address: ken.kuraya@boe.hawaii.gov

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Kahele Dukelow  | Member, County of Maui

Kahele Dukelow was born and raised on the island of Maui where she attended Waiheʻe Elementary School and Baldwin High School. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Studies and a Master's degree in Education. She started her career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher at nā Kula Kaiapuni o Pāʻia, Waiau and Ānuenue and spent the last 20 years teaching Hawaiian Studies and language at the University of Hawai'i Maui College. She is currently the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UHMC. Kahele is committed to building our community through lāhui, mālama ʻāina, education, language, history, culture, politics and kuleana. Board Member Dukelow's term is from July 1, 2023, until June 30, 2026.

Email address: kahele.dukelow@boe.hawaii.gov

Makana McClellan | Member, City and County of Honolulu
McClellan is the director of business development and community relations at Shriners Children’s Hawai’i. Prior to this, she served as the public information officer at The Queen’s Health Systems. She is a dedicated community volunteer, having served in leadership roles within various organizations like the Aloha Festivals, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors for MasterCare, and is a coveted communications and political strategist. McClellan was recognized by Pacific Business News as an influential woman in the Hawaii business community through their Women Who Mean Business award. A graduate of the Kamehameha Schools - Kapālama, McClellan earned a Bachelor of Art in Journalism from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and a Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is a mother to three school-aged keiki. Board Member McClellan's term runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.

Email address: makana.mcclellan@boe.hawaii.gov

Mary Therese Perez Hattori | Member, City and County of Honolulu

Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori is a daughter of Guåhan (Guam), of the clan Familian Titang, born to Paul Mitsuo Hattori† of Kalihi, Oahu, and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez† of the village of Chalan Pago.

She currently serves as Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program with the East-West Center which is an independent non-profit organization, and previously enjoyed a long career in various technology and education-related positions.

She is an occasional lecturer and adjunct faculty in Pacific Studies, Learning Design and Technology, and several Educational Doctorate programs in Hawaii.

Dr. Hattori is a community organizer, advocate for Pacific Islanders in the United States, public speaker, author, and poet. She is co-founder and co-organizer of numerous events that celebrate cultural knowledges and heritages, such as the Cultural Animation Film Festival and the Celebrate Micronesia Festival.

She received a Bachelor of Education and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration on Pacific Islands History, a Master of Education in Educational Technology, and an Educational Doctorate in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Board Member Hattori’s term runs from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.

Email address: mary.hattori@boe.hawaii.gov

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Wesley Lo | Member, At Large

Wesley (Wes) Lo is the chief executive officer of both Ohana Pacific Health and Hale Makua Health Services which affiliated with Ohana Pacific Health in 2020. Ohana Pacific Health (which includes Hale Makua Health Services) spans Maui, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, resulting in the creation of the state’s largest post-acute care organization. Locally owned and operated, Ohana Pacific Health employs over 1,500 individuals serving 950 post-acute care beds, three home health agencies, three adult day health operations, and two adult residential care homes. Prior to joining Ohana Pacific Health, Wes was CEO for Hale Makua Health Services, and previous to this, served as CEO of the Maui Region of Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation, which had oversight over Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lāna‘i Community Hospital. During his tenure with Maui Memorial, he was involved in the start-up of the first and only full-service cardiac program on the Neighbor Islands, which includes open-heart surgery and angioplasty.

In the community, Wes is on the Healthcare Association Board of Directors, serves as the current chair of the Long-Term Care Committee for Healthcare Association of Hawaii, and was recently appointed to the State of Hawaii Board of Education where he served previously, from 2011-2013.

Wes’ background also includes time as the county finance director and many years in banking.

Board Member Lo’s term runs from May 5, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

Email address: wes.lo@boe.hawaii.gov


Ahryanna McGuirk | Student Representative (2023-2024) 

Kalāheo High School senior Ahryanna McGuirk will serve as student representative for school year 2023-2024. Last year McGuirk completed her eighth consecutive year in student government as President of Kalāheo’s student body and member in the Hawaiʻi State and Windward District Student Councils. She volunteers on the Make-A-Wish Hawai’i’s Youth Leadership Council and is President of the Wish Club at her school, helping children diagnosed with critical illnesses. She also assisted Kalāheo Athletics through the establishment of social media and is on track to graduate with her private pilot license. She served as an alternate delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program and a semifinalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.  Ahryanna says she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to amplify the voices of the public school students of Hawai’i and is committed to advocating for equitable educational opportunities for all.  She hopes to inspire others to do the same throughout her term. 

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Colonel Angenene L. Robertson, Air Force  | Military Representative (2021- 2023)

Colonel Angenene L. Robertson is the Director for Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. She is the principle advisor to the Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command in all matters pertaining to military and civilian resource and talent management, manpower requirements, dependent education, quality of life programs, reserve affairs, and military personnel operations and readiness. She leads a team of forty-six military and civilian personnel supporting over 360,000 personnel assigned to the four service components (U.S. Army Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Force, and Marine Forces Pacific), four direct reporting units and two sub-unified commands (U.S. Forces Japan and U.S. Forces Korea) assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. These units provide security for a free and open Pacific from the California coast to India - an area of responsibility encompassing fifty-two percent of the globe's surface. Prior to assuming this position, she was the Air Mobility Command's Director for Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Colonel Robertson held various assignments in the personnel career field at the base, headquarters and joint levels. She also deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH as the 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing Section Commander in 1999 and Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan as the 376th Air Exepeditionary Wing Commander's Action Group/Director of Staff in 2008. 

Colonel Robertson achieved the following educational milestones:  Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina (1995); Master of Public Administration, Troy State University, Shaw AFB, South Carolina (2000); Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2002); Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence); Master of Science in Leadership Counseling, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado (2009); and, Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2016).