Ken Kuraya is an at-large member of the Hawaii State Board of Education. He is completing the term of former member Catherine Payne’s, who resigned in June 2022. Kuraya is an educator who served for over 40 years in various roles within the Hawai’i State Department of Education (HIDOE) from the classroom to the administration. He has extensive experience in budgeting and expenditures, having planned and implemented processes and procedures to allocate and monitor over $1.8 billion to schools, complexes, districts and offices within the HIDOE. Kuraya is a graduate of Hawaiʻi Loa College which is now Hawai’i Pacific University and received his teaching and administration certifications from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.
“’A ‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia – “No task is too big when done together by all,” said Kuraya.