Kauaʻi’s Maeda-Kobayashi semi-finalist for Hawaiʻi’s 2023 public school principal award
Sharon Beck, principal of Ka’u High & Pahala Elementary School on Hawaii island, was named winner of the as Hawaii’s top public school principal for 2023.
The honor comes with a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 for a school project of the winner’s choice. Island Insurance Foundation sponsored the award.
Principals Leila Maeda-Kobayashi of Kōloa Elementary on Kauaʻi and Wesley Shinkawa of Kapolei High in Honolulu were named semi-finalists from the list of 15 outstanding principal-nominees. They each received a $2,000 cash award.
The awards were announced last week at the Public Schools of Hawaiʻi Foundation Annual Dinner attended by about 700 guests at the Sheraton Waikīkī in Honolulu.
The 15 nominees for this year’s Excellence in School Leadership Award lead public elementary and secondary schools across all four of Hawaii’s major counties. They previously received a $1,000 cash award from the Island Insurance Foundation.
The other nominees were U ‘ilani Kaitoku, Hau ‘ula Elementary; Suzie Lee, Ma ‘ili Elementary; Nathan Maeda, Maunawili Elementary; Amy Martinson, Highlands Intermediate; Komarey Moss, Red Hill Elementary; Jason Nakamoto, Leilehua High; Chad Okamoto, Pu ‘u Kukui Elementary; Jacqueline Ornellas, Lincoln Elementary; Christopher Sanita, Hana High and Elementary; Lisa Souza, Waiakea Intermediate; Kori Takaki, Kahakai Elementary; and Jason Yoshimoto, Kamilo ‘iki Elementary.
The award honors the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company Ltd. and “a proud graduate of Hawaiʻi public schools,” the news release said.
It is presented annually by the foundation to a local public school principal who is visionary, community-minded and innovative.