New Kealakehe High School principal named

  • Kealakehe High School Principal Wil Murakami speaks during the school's 2018 graduation ceremony. Murakami retires effective June 30 after being at the helm of the school since its opening in 1997. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Glenn Gray. (Image from to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Glenn Gray, principal of Holualoa Elementary School, will take over as principal of Kealakehe High School on July 2, the Department of Education confirmed Tuesday.

He will replace principal Wil Murakami, who has been principal at Kealakehe High School since the school opened in 1997.


Murakami is retiring at the close of business on June 30, said Lindsay Chambers, media specialist at the Department of Education.

Kealakehe High School has the largest student body of any school on Hawaii Island, according to DOE enrollment data.

In 2017-18, the school had a total of 1,311 students. The island’s next largest schools, Waiakea High School and Hilo High School had 1,256 and 1,136 students, respectively, according to the data.

Holualoa Elementary School, meanwhile, had 516 students during the school year.


Chambers said the department is currently working to fill the principal position at Holualoa Elementary School.

Students head back into classrooms on Aug. 6 for the 2018-19 school year.

  1. KonaLife June 27, 2018 8:59 am

    Excellent choice! Mr. Gray is a top-notch educator and administrator and will do a wonderful job leading Kealakehe into the future.

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