Makalapua Alencastre

July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

He kūpaʻa kēia i ka hoʻōla ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ma o ka home a me ka hoʻonaʻauao. He lima kōkua wiwoʻole nō hoʻi no ka pono o ke aʻo ʻana i kā kākou poʻe keiki ma o ka ʻike kūpuna o nēia ʻāina aloha. Pēlā e hoʻokele mau ai i kaʻu hana ma ka noho ʻelele ʻana ma kēia ʻAha Kula Hoʻāmana.


Makalapua has focused her life’s work on the reestablishment of Hawaiian as the primary language of the home and  education. Her professional and research interests are inspired by her commitment and respect for the Hawaiian language and culture and include language acquisition, immersion education-program planning and evaluation, educational resource development, teacher education, and educational reform. Makalapua attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, for undergraduate and graduate degrees earning a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, a professional diploma in language education, a M.A. in ESL, and an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice. As a Hawaiian educator for over thirty-five years, Makalapua has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and served as administrator of Oʻahu’s five ʻAha Pūnana Leo preschools and Ke Kula ʻo Kamakau, a P-12 indigenous immersion public charter school. Currently, as an Associate Professor at Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Makalapua coordinates the college’s graduate level education programs to prepare teachers for P-12 Hawaiian language medium-immersion education.

Jill Baldemor

​July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

Jill Baldemor began her career in education 25 years ago as a Teach For America corps member and 2nd grade teacher in Washington Heights, New York City. She returned home to Hawai‘i in 2000 and practiced law with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. In 2007, she became the Executive Director of Teach For America, Hawai‘i, which focuses on educational equity and excellence by finding, developing, and supporting diverse leaders as they work to expand opportunity and life options for all our young people. In her capacity, Jill has worked with Title I public schools across Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu. Today, approximately 300 Teach For America teachers are working statewide in Hawai‘i schools. Jill previously served on the Hawai‘i State Public Charter School Commission from 2014-2017.

Harald Barkhoff

July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021

Dr. Harald Barkhoff is a tenured Professor and current Chair for the Department of Kinesiology & Exercise Sciences at UH Hilo. His teaching and research interest focus on ocean sports including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe paddling in the context of indigenous and Native Hawaiian knowledge. In 2013 Harald won the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Applied Learning Experiences Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the 2018 recipient of the national American Kinesiology Association Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award for undergraduate degree granting departments. Harald was also a member of the 2017/18 University of Hawaiʻi Presidentʻs Emerging Leaders program. In the past he has served on the Hawaiʻi Charter School Review Panel and as Chair of the Local School Board of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School.

Shannon Cleary

July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021

An advocate of publicly funded education, Shannon Cleary accepted Le Jardin Academy's offer for Director of Advancement position in January of 2016.  Shannon has extensive experience with school development work and with charter schools in Hawaii.  From July 2012 thru December 2015, she was the Director of Advancement at Hawaii Technology Academy.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Annual Giving/Alumni Relations for five years at La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, CA; prior to that she was the Foreign Language Department Chair and Japanese teacher at Maui Preparatory Academy, where she also served as the Director of Admissions.


In addition to her work in education, Shannon was one of the original founders of the non-profit, Run for the Fallen. Shannon has served on the 1LT Michael J. Cleary Fund board since 2006, Harbor Square AOAO board since November of 2015 and has been a board member of HPCSN since November of 2014.

Mitch D'Olier

July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022

Mitch D’Olier was elected President and CEO of Kaneohe Ranch Company and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation in July 2002.  He became the Chair of the Ranch and Foundation on January 1, 2014.  He previously served as the President of Victoria Ward, Limited and Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. prior to that.  He was also a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.  D’Olier is a founding member and executive committee member of Malama Maunalua, a community-based stewardship initiative to restore Maunalua Bay on the southeast side of Oahu.  He is also the Hawaii Regional Chair of Teach for America, a national organization focused on eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the country’s most promising future leaders.  Mr. D’Olier serves on numerous boards, including Kaneohe Ranch Management Limited, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Iowa Law School Foundation.

Terry Holck

July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023

Terry Holck is a resource teacher for the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area, where she has focused on curriculum, instruction, Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, STEM, and technology integration. She has taught at Nānāikapono Elementary, Ewa Elementary, and Voyager Public Charter School. Terry has served as the Chairperson of the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board, member of the Voyager Charter School Governing Board, and HSTA Board of Directors. She is co-chair of the Educator Evaluation System (EES) Joint Committee, who was tasked with working to improve the teacher evaluation system and differentiating it for teachers.

Cathy Ikeda, Vice Chairperson

July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021

Cathy is the granddaughter of teachers, the daughter of teachers, the mother of a teacher and a teacher of teachers. Her life work continues to be on normalizing Hawaiian culture based education practices in the classroom for all of Hawaiʻi’s students. She earned a B.A. in English, a secondary teaching certification and an M.Ed. from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Cathy also earned an Ed.D. in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has taught grades 6-12 for 23 years on Hawaiʻi Island and is currently an Assistant Professor of Middle/Secondary Education at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu.

John Kim, Chairperson

July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022

After a 26-year career in the US Air Force, John Kim worked in two Washington State public school districts--high school teacher, high school vice principal, and middle school principal.  Returning home, he taught chemistry at Iolani School and, most recently, served on the Governing Board of Hawaii Technology Academy--a public charter school.

Matthew Kodama

January 16, 2020 through June 30, 2022

Matthew recently joined Belt Collins as a senior planner.  He has a background in real estate asset management, financial modelling and forecasting, statistics and data analysis, and project planning and coordination.  He has experience with real estate asset and property management, environmental impact studies, land use planning and State of Hawai‘i government procedures.  Matthew graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa for both his BBA and MBA and has a family with two young children.

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(Back, left to right) Former Commissioner Kalehua Krug, Commissioner Mitch D'Olier,  Chairperson John Kim, Commissioner Harald Barkhoff,  (Front, left to right) Former Commissioner Roger Takabayashi, Commissioner Makalapua Alencastre, Vice Chairperson Cathy Ikeda,Commissioner Shannon Cleary, and Former Commissioner Sylvia Hussey.

State Public Charter School Commission

The State Public Charter School Commission or “the Commission” is the State of Hawaii’s statewide charter school authorizer. The mission of the Commission is "to authorize high-quality public charter schools throughout the State". The Commission is a diverse and talented group of leaders appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education on an unpaid, volunteer basis.


The Commission is made up of nine members, all of whom are statutorily required to meet the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to education. Each member's record demonstrates a deep and abiding interest in education, and a dedication to the social, academic, and character development of young people through the administration of a high performing charter school system.

  • Record of integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards. Each member demonstrates integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards and is willing to hold fellow Commission members to the same.

  • Availability for constructive engagement. Each member is committed to being a conscientious and attentive Commission member.

  • Knowledge of best practices. Each member has an understanding of best practices in charter school educational governance or is willing to be trained in such.

To contact the Commissioners, please email


The Commission Bylaws and Committee Charters (click below to open)

Bylaws (revised August 8, 2019)

Administration & Operations Committee Charter (revised August 8, 2019)

Applications Committee Charter (revised August 8, 2019)

Performance & Accountability Committee Charter (revised August 8, 2019)



The Commission Committees and Appointments


           Performance & Accountability Committee

           Makalapua Alencastre, Chairperson

           Jill Baldemor, Vice Chairperson

           Terry Holck, Cathy Ikeda, John Kim, and Matthew Kodama Committee Members


           Administration & Operations Committee

           Harald Barkhoff, Chairperson

           Matthew Kodama, Vice Chairperson

           Shannon Cleary, Mitch D'Olier, Terry Holck and John Kim, Committee Members


           Applications Committee

           Shannon Cleary, Chairperson

           Mitch D’Olier, Vice Chairperson

           Makalapua Alencastre, Jill Baldemor, Harald Barkhoff and Cathy Ikeda, Committee Members

Commissioner Profiles

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ʻAha Kula Hoʻāmana


The Commission accepted the Hawaiian name of the Commission, ʻAha Kula Hoʻāmana, translated by Dr. Peter Hanohano and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It is now part of the Commission's bylaws.


On September 6, 2013, Dr. Hanohano explained the meaning of the name to a group of prospective charter school applicants:


‘Aha means "commission." ‘Aha also refers to courage. Kula is the Hawaiian way of saying "school." Kula also means "uplands." We are trying to take education in Hawaii to a higher level. Hoʻāmana – the literal translation means "to authorize." The other meaning is "to empower." It is our intent to empower our communities to create schools of excellence.

​State Public Charter School Commission


1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100

Honolulu, HI 96813

Tel: 808-586-3775

Fax: 808-586-3776

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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