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Hamamoto to retire from Saint Louis School principal post

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:09 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

Patricia Hamamoto will retire from her post as principal of Saint Louis School at the end of the month, school officials announced Wednesday.

Before taking on the post about four years ago, Hamamoto had served more than three decades in Hawaii's public school system -- the last eight years as superintendent of schools. 

Martha Haia Evans, vice principal for academics at Saint Louis, will begin serving as principal next month, at the beginning of the second semester. 

In a news release issued this afternoon, Hamamoto said, "I am 100 percent confident that Martha and the team can take Saint Louis successfully into the future."  

Walter Kirimitsu, who serves as president of the 167-year-old all-boys academy, said in the release: "We are sorry to see Pat leave and thank her for dedicated service to Saint Louis School and our students.  We wish her our best.  Rest assured that we have a transition plan in place and expect minimal disruption." 

Hamamoto was named as the school's principal six weeks after leaving her post as chief of Hawaii's public school system on New Year's Eve 2009, citing personal reasons. Her resignation and retirement came as the public school system was contending with daunting budget cuts that led to furloughs of school teachers and the shortest instructional calendar in the country.

In addition to her tenure as head of the Hawaii Department of Education, Hamamoto, who will turn 70 next year, has held positions ranging from classroom teacher to various administrative roles. 

"President Walter Kirimitsu asked me to help set the academic course for the future. I was happy to be a part of the process to renew and revitalize the school through the continuation of ongoing programs and the implementation of new initiatives. My goal was to train and mentor the next generation of educators who would then take the reins of the only all male school in the state," Hamamoto said in the release. 

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niimi wrote:
To me this smells to be the start of rats bailing off the sinking ship. I'll bet it was impossible to improve the academic push at a jock school that has for a long time put athletics ahead of academic challenge to its student body. I consider a diploma from St. Louis to be on part with a good public school.
on December 18,2013 | 05:36PM
agile wrote:
Thank you, niimi, that was my first reaction when I saw story on news last night. How many times have we heard of, mostly politicians, saying they're leaving post "to spend more time w/family," only to find there's been some sort of scandal. Hamamoto was a disaster as DOE super - I'm betting St. Louis found out same.
on December 19,2013 | 08:09AM
niimi wrote:
St. Louis really needs to seriously set a near-term goal to become a school of academic excellence. Even if I were Catholic I would send them to an Episcopal school, "Catholic light", such as Punahou or Iolani. Meanwhile, you would think that with all of the NFL players making Buku bux, St. Louis would have its share of $1 Million Club donors to fix their aging buildings. By contrast some UH buildings look new as compared to some of the buildings at Saint Louis.
on December 18,2013 | 05:39PM
luv2play wrote:
Punahou is not Episcopal.
on December 18,2013 | 07:23PM
droid wrote:
Can’t you tell niimi is a St. Louis grad? Don’t expect any academic excellence out of him.
on December 19,2013 | 02:33AM
2localgirl wrote:
Niimi, not trying to criticize but correct for the future.... "I consider a diploma from St. Louis to be on part with a good public school." The correct terminology is "ON PAR" as in a golf game. Next is "the NFL players making Buku bux" it should be "BEAUCOUP BUCKS"...as in Merci Beaucoup Thank you very MUCH as in "plenty bucks". Another that just grates on me, when someone calls,leaves a message, and says, If you'll return my call....." and leaves you hanging waiting for the other shoe to drop.....IF you'll return my call, WHAT? I will then change your appointment confirm your appointment....please folks. And just for a last one, Where are you AT? Where are you! is correct but the other just keeps on happening...
on December 19,2013 | 04:43AM
cojef wrote:
While you are at it, might as well join in. Rats do not "bail" or "bailing" a sinking ship, but do scuttle a sinking ship, more in line with abandon a sinking ship.
on December 19,2013 | 07:59AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hmmm mm,,,,back to football boys!
on December 18,2013 | 06:13PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
To he'll with academics, Are You Ready for Some Football!
on December 18,2013 | 06:17PM
whs1966 wrote:
I hope Martha Evans is going to serve as interim principal only long enough for the school to find someone who is truly qualified, which she is not by temperament or experience; otherwise, we will see the demise of this institution.
on December 18,2013 | 06:30PM
Kmart24 wrote:
What evidence do you have to support this statement. You have none. You probably have a scrub child that got kicked out of SLS. The evidence is based on your worthless comment. Waipahu High School 1966 hahahaha scrub
on December 19,2013 | 09:26AM
makiki123 wrote:
Hamamoto accomplished just as much as she did in our public school system. NOTHING!
on December 18,2013 | 06:54PM
inuulu wrote:
Could it be part of the alumni agreement to co sign the loan that Pat Hamamoto "retire?"
on December 18,2013 | 08:00PM
Papakolea wrote:
Either that or now that the alumni association is calling the shots at the school, the focus will be back on winning the football state championship. Academics will take a back seat. Hamamoto probably just figured she doesn't need to put up with that anymore.
on December 18,2013 | 09:20PM
palolo2001 wrote:
Very true. Beat the Puns.
on December 18,2013 | 10:11PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If she is 67 in 2010, she could have used plastic surgery. I am 56 with some population of wrinkles.
on December 18,2013 | 09:05PM
busterb wrote:
She's no Japanese, she's Korean. Different skin.
on December 19,2013 | 07:16AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ahso, married name does no justice. Confucius say thank you.
on December 19,2013 | 05:06PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Talk about double dipping.
on December 19,2013 | 05:39AM
danji wrote:
Good -no the schoo can get out on the red Shes loser
on December 19,2013 | 07:34AM
danji wrote:
What skills did you pass on the the younger ducators?? You did no significant good while at DOE. Please don;t be self righteous person and just retire..Just the act you retire from DOE because of personal matters the right awa accep a job at SAT. Louis shows you are a phoney and part of the politics here in Hawaii.
on December 19,2013 | 07:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Congratulations to her! Now St. Louis can move on and get out of mediocrity. They need to get back to basics with discipline and manners. I see these kids often and they look like almost properly dressed public school kids. No pride, no discipline. Stop coddling these boys and treat them like young men!
on December 19,2013 | 08:04AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Wasn't former Lt Gov Duke Akiona a recruiter for St Louis for awhile? Didn't he jump ship too? Or am I way off base?
on December 19,2013 | 08:55AM
Bdpapa wrote:
He was and I think he's still there. Not sure though.
on December 19,2013 | 09:18AM
Rickyboy wrote:
Private school business should be just that. None of anybody's business unless you're directly involved or affected.
on December 19,2013 | 11:23AM
Bdpapa wrote:
They made it public with the press release.
on December 19,2013 | 01:12PM
Bully wrote:
Probably because the school is going broke.
on December 19,2013 | 01:26PM
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