PublicEducationInHawaiiA place for stories not told elsewhere.


We are not selling any products or asking for donations. We are already sold on the idea that good public education systems engage all stakeholders (school administrators, classified staff, teachers, parents, students, and community members).

Hawai‘i has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation. There are many reasons. One contributing factor is the disconnect between local communities and the one and only Board of Education for the entire state. The people have no say in local schools. They have no power to fix problems. They have no idea what happens at public BOE meetings in Oahu. Why bother to try? Why bother to vote? It’s all connected.

This site is a place to explore the truth, inform each other, and explore ideas to improve public engagement in our schools, with our Board of Education, and State Department of Education. When all willing stakeholders have effective opportunities to contribute to the making of a world class public education system in Hawai‘i, that is when it will happen and not until then.

Learn from the past.  Plan for tomorrow.  Live in the present. — Vanessa Ott

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. — Shakespeare