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Esme M. Infante is the education reporter at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She comes with more than three decades’ experience in communications spanning radio, TV, print and digital media, and public relations.


Infante is an award-winning news reporter, editor, columnist and digital manager who has worked for The Honolulu Advertiser, USA Today and other local and national media outlets. Previous to joining the Star-Advertiser, she worked as newscaster and host on the highly rated “The Rise & Drive Morning Show with Devon & Esme” on 94.7 KUMU. Other prior positions include communications director for the late Congressman Mark Takai; promotions director for Islandwide Crafts & Food Expos; founder, chief executive and editor of Moms In Hawaii LLC; and founder of the broadcast journalism program at Mililani High School. She is a proud graduate of Mililani High School, and the University of Hawaii, where she graduated with distinction.


The education beat is close to Infante’s heart. She covered education in the 1990s for The Honolulu Advertiser. She is also a former classroom teacher from a family of educators, and the mother of one child in public school and another in the University of Hawaii system.
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Hawaii public school teachers who called in absent spiked to 2,159 Friday amid the current COVID-19 surge, the state Department of Education reported. And the state was short 472 substitute teachers to cover its missing classroom educators. Read more

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New guidance for Hawaii schools cuts isolation, quarantine in half

The recommended amount of time that teachers and students should isolate or quarantine for COVID-19 has now been cut from the previous 10 days to five, under new interim state rules for Hawaii K-12 schools. But the Hawaii teachers union and other critics feel the change is too little, too late, to keep students and teachers safely learning in person. Read more

Private schools in Hawaii resuming in-person learning

Three of Hawaii’s biggest private schools have joined the public schools here in pushing on with in-person learning for the new semester, while the omicron surge has compelled a growing list of mainland school districts to postpone reopening or to switch to remote learning. Read more

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