Lady Lawyers Luncheon -- Improving Public Schools in Hawai'i

  • November 25, 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Plaza Club, 20th Floor, 900 Fort Street Mall


Please join us for lunch on Monday, November 25 to discuss Improving Public Schools in Hawaii, with guest speaker Kathryn Matayoshi, Superintendent of the Hawaii State Board of Education.


Quality public education for our children is one of the most critical issues in this State affecting the public at large and anyone considering residency here.  Hawai`i has one of the highest percentages of private school enrollments in the Nation, from parents who opt out of public schools despite their tremendous cost burden of doing so (over $200,000 per child). This removes some of the best and brightest students and parents from our public school system. Is this the critical "yeast" needed to help improve our public schools? Why do Hawai`i's public schools suffer continuing major challenges in providing quality education, despite decades of reform efforts? Are there viable answers to help this or future generations of children in Hawai`i? What changes do you believe would help improve the quality of public school education in Hawai`i?


We will have a lively discussion on this topic followed by remarks by BOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, who has put tremendous energy into leading the BOE since 2009 in addressing these challenges to improve our public schools. She is a Hilo High School graduate with a law degree from Hastings College. She formerly served as Executive Director of Hawaii Business Roundtable, President/CEO of Community Links Hawaii, Chief of Staff for Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as an attorney practicing at the Goodsill Anderson lawfirm and as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Samuel P. King.

Invite a friend or colleague - the more, the merrier! Please respond to by Wednesday, November 20 to let us know if you are coming. We will meet at the Plaza Club, 20th Floor, 900 Fort Street Mall, on November 25 at Noon. We will have an in-room lunch buffet with salad, soup, sandwich and desert for $22 (tea/drink is another $4-$5). If you are an HWL member, mention that in your RSVP and you will be entered in a drawing for two free lunches for HWL members. If you need to cancel after making an RSVP, please let us know ASAP, before the reservation deadline, so we don't get charged for your meal!

If you are looking for a new job or have a job opening, please feel free to let me know so we can get our networking to work for you!