Happy Retirement to Bill Arakaki

Happy Retirement to Bill Arakaki, our D.O.E. Kaua`i Complex Area Superintendent

On behalf of Kauai Family Magazine and the Hawai`i Department of Education, Kaua`i Complex Area, we give a heartfelt Aloha and Mahalo to Mr. Bill Arakaki for his commitment and dedication to our Keiki, Ohana and community.

Thank you for your continued support for our Kaua`i Department of Education all these years!

Aloha Mr. Arakaki,

Mahalo for your partnership in Kauai Family Magazine since 2010.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity and your continued support by providing Kauai families with access to valuable information pertinent to available programs and services in Kauai Complex Area Schools.

Your leadership, care, guidance and commitment for our students, families and communities on Kauai will be missed.

Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement! Enjoy spending time with your ‘Ohana.

Chrissy Schechter Publisher, Kauai Family Magazine


There is no way to fully express my gratitude and admiration for how you have led our island’s school system. You honor Kaua’i for all future generations. I see a clear path ahead of us because of your work.  I will follow it.  I will do my part to keep Kaua’i Strong!

Mahalo! Paul Zina Deputy Complex Area Superintendent Kapaa-Kaua’i-Waimea Complex Area


Words cannot express how thankful I am that you gave me an opportunity to return home and work under your leadership; I had no idea how much my life would change when Mr. Nomiyama asked if you had any openings for EOs back in 2011!  Thank you very much for the support you’ve given me and Waimea HS….. from athletics to rolling out wall to wall career academies, you have always looked for ways to say “yes” and help us to stay focused upon serving our students, family, and community.  I’m going to miss you…. please take care of yourself and don’t forget — six months from now if you want a part time job, give me a call!

Mahina Anguay, Waimea High School Principal

Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!  Your service and accomplishments in education over the years have touched so many lives on Kaua’i.  Mahalo for your leadership and guidance in supporting my professional growth.  God Bless. 

Marlene Leary, Kaua’i High School Principal

Dear Mr. Arakaki,

Thank you for your leadership, commitment and support provided over the years.  May your retirement be filled with much happiness and many new adventures. Congratulations! 

Sherry Gonsalves, Kilauea Elementary Principal

Aloha Mr. Arakaki,

Mahalo for your leadership and guidance.  Your dedication to our students and their families is truly admired and appreciated.  Best wishes on your retirement!  We will miss you!


Corey Nakamura, Principal Wilcox Elementary School

Mr. Arakaki, thank you for all that you have done for our students, families, and communities over your many years in the D.O.E.  You have had a positive impact on countless lives and will always be remembered for your kindness towards everyone.  Enjoy your retirement!

Tommy Cox, Kapaa High School Principal

Aloha Mr. Arakaki,

On behalf of all the Hawaiian Studies Kupuna and Kumu on Kaua`i we mahalo you for your many years of leadership with Aloha.

Sabra Kauka, Kauai Hawaiian Studies Coordinator

Mr. Arakaki,

Thank you so much for your steadfast leadership and unwavering support that you have provided me throughout the years. You will be sorely missed and the educators, students, families, and Kauai community has benefited greatly from your initiatives, guidance, and compassionate style of leading. Congratulations on a remarkable career and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Sean Doi, KCA Resource Teacher

Thank you Mr. Arakaki for your diligence and dedication to our island’s youth, their education and their future. Best of wishes to you on your retirement.

Celeste Bailey

Mr. Arakai

Thank you for being a compassionate leader who always looked out for the people under his wing.

Mariann Tabuchi, KCA Resource Teacher

Mr. Arakaki, you are an amazing leader and awesome friend. I will miss your many stories about life, work, and family. Take care of yourself and have a relaxing retirement.

Byron Kapali, KCA IT Manager

Congratulations on your retirement Mr. Arakaki. 

Mahalo for being a CAS who led with such heart and love for our keiki and island community.

Shannon Burkman, KCA Resource Teacher

Aloha Mr. Arakaki –

Thank you for all that you have done for both the children of Kauai and the Kauai DOE Ohana. Enjoy your well deserved retirement and time with your family!  We’ll miss you!

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Candice Iida, Taryn Kaui, Saryna Garcia, and Cherie Balisacan