Kauai News

Zina Takes Up Mantle as Superintendent

Posted June 30, 2020, 3:02 PM HST

Paul Zina

Paul Zina is take the helm as superintendent for the Kapa‘a-Kaua‘i-Waimea Complex Area, effective July 1. The appointment were previously approved by the Hawaii State Board of Education in January and February.

Zina, a veteran educator and leader, will replace retiring Complex Area Superintendent Bill Arakaki. He has over 23 years of experience with the Department as a teacher, vice principal and principal. Prior to his appointment as a deputy complex area superintendent, Zina was the principal at ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School for five years.

Zina mentioned that Arakaki has been a huge part of his community, and has influenced his core philosophy as a school leader.

“I want to thank Bill for showing me that leadership at his level is deeply connected to who you are, where you come from, and those you surround yourself with to build a stronger community. Some might say that one has learned when they can connect the past, present and future with the thread of human relationships to build a strong quiltwork of community. Bill is my example to follow as one of those threads in our community,” Zina added.

The Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area on the leeward side of O‘ahu will also be under new supervision with Sione Thompson coming in as superintendent.

“Paul and Sione have been serving as deputy complex area superintendents for their respective areas during the second semester of the 2019-20 school year, and have proven to have the knowledge, skill and abilities to be successful in their roles,” Sate Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said. “I also want to extend a heartfelt mahalo and aloha to complex area superintendents Ann Mahi, Bill Arakaki and Art Souza for their dedication to our haumana and public education. Their impact will be felt for generations to come through the students they have taught and teacher leaders they have mentored. We wish them the best in their retirement.”