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Kamehameha names 3 finalists for Kapalama campus post

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:37 p.m. HST, Sep 19, 2011

Kamehameha Schools has narrowed its search for a new head of school for the Kapalama campus to three finalists, officials announced today. They are:

>> Lee Ann DeLima, headmaster of Kamehameha Schools Maui campus. De Lima oversees 245 full-time and 250 temporary faculty and staff on the 1,100-student campus.

DeLima has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and sits on the Native Hawaiian Education Council, Maui Association.

>> J. Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Goodyear-Kaopua has helped to build UH’s indigenous politics program. She received a doctoral degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

>> Earl T. Kim, superintendent of schools for the Montgomery School District in New Jersey. Kim left Hawaii 17 years ago, traveling to the mainland, Western Pacific, Europe and Asia. He has a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.

The process to find a new head of school began in mid-May, after longtime Kapalama headmaster Michael J. Chun announced he would step down in July 2012.

A third-party search firm reviewed more than 30 completed applications for the position and semifinalist interviews were conducted last week.

The three finalists will be interviewed by Kapalama faculty, administration, students and community members, before a decision is made.

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