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Dr. Scott Parker named new Poʻo Kula for Kamehameha Schools’ Maui campus

Dr. Scott Parker has been named Poʻo Kula (Head of School) for Kamehameha Schools Maui campus, effective June 1, 2017. Parker is currently interim Hope Poʻo Kula (Assistant Head of School) at KS’ Kapālama campus.

“Dr. Parker returns to his native Maui ready to serve,” said Dr. Holoua Stender, executive vice president of Education. “Dr. Parker expressed that every action he implements will be done with a servant’s heart, one that supports and propels the aspirations of our haumāna (students) and their families.  Dr. Parker will continue the strong leadership and foundation established by past and present poʻo with the support of a committed and talented leadership team, faculty and staff.”

Dr. Stender acknowledged the Maui campus interim Poʻo Kula, Kaleo Pahukula, for his leadership in this role since September 2015.  “Mr. Pahukula brought sound and progressive leadership to the Maui campus at a time when these attributes were most needed,” Stender said.  Pahukula will serve as Po`okula for the remainder of this school year.

Parker will bring significant levels of experience in multiple educational environments to his new assignment, including classroom teacher and administrator in both public and private schools on Maui and Oʻahu.

“As we strengthen the Kamehameha Schools educational system, I will look to Dr. Parker’s expertise and perspective to create nurturing and dynamic learning environments for our KS and community haumāna in Maui county,” added Stender.

“I am committed to each and every staff member, student, parent and the Maui community,” said Parker. “I will lead by my core values, integrity first, service before self and excellence in all I do.”

A native of Maui, Parker graduated from Maui High, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he earned bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in education. In 2014, Parker earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California.

In 2014, Dr. Parker was the recipient of the STRIVE HI Award for sustained academic achievement while Principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and a recipient of numerous commendations for his service to the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.