Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the legal entity of the school and is responsible for financial and legal matters; it oversees the corporate functioning of the school. The board consists of parents, faculty, and community members who are committed to the school’s mission and vision.

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Administrative Director

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Administrative Director

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Vice President

Ken Marcus has over 40 years of commercial real estate experience, having been born, raised and practiced in New York City before moving to Honolulu in 1990. He has received recognition for his skills as an attorney, with the highest available ratings from Martindale-Hubbell (AV), Chambers (Tier 1), Best Lawyers and Superlawyers.  Ken served on the Honolulu Waldorf School’s board from 1995 to 2005, and returned in 2015. He and his wife of 42 years, Gail, put three children through the HWS grades.  He serves on the Board for the purpose of giving back for the wonderful education that those three children received.  Ken has also served on the Boards of the Stadium Authority of the State of Hawaii (Vice Chairman), the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association (Chair), The Actors Guild (Vice President and Secretary), Temple Emanu-el (President) and Friends of Hawaii Robotics (Vice President and Secretary). He is a member of the invitation-only International Society of Hospitality Consultants.


Board Member, HWS Faculty


Treasurer, HWS Parent


Secretary, HWS Parent

Jana Moore, owner of Hapa Film Studios, grew up on Oahu and Moloka`i. She is a parent of two HWS students. She is a founding member of the HWS Parent Hui and has chaired both the Waldorfaire and Merry Moon Festival. She has also worked as a substitute teacher for the lower and high schools.

Jana is an entrepreneur, professional actress (SAG-AFTRA), and award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened in theaters across the world. She has several years of experience in small business/restaurant/office management, human resources, bookkeeping, and event/fundraising coordination. She also sits on the Board of Directors at Hawaii Filmmakers Collective, where she envisioned, created and oversees their three annual fundraising events to support their mission of “Fostering and Showcasing Local Filmmakers and their Art.”

Jana holds a B.A. in Political Science (Minor, Women’s Studies) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an A.A. in Sign Language Interpreting from Los Angeles Pierce College.  


Board Member, HWS Faculty

Before joining the high school faculty at Honolulu Waldorf School in 2015, Ben Roosevelt taught for nine years at Academe of the Oaks in Atlanta, Georgia, serving the school as Humanities Department Chair and as a member of the Leadership Group. A trained Waldorf teacher, Ben has been teaching since 2002. His foundational experiences as a teacher were at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where he taught children in recovery from serious illnesses. Earlier in life, he worked on an organic flower farm in Tennessee and played in several rock 'n' roll bands. Ben has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Sewanee, an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt University, and an M.F.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway.


President, HWS Parent, & Parent Hui Chair

Erika Takahashi, HWS alumni '86-'88 and mother to two children. She was raised on the windward side of East Oahu and was able to attend HWS because of financial aide during her Jr. High School years. The two years she attended HWS really impacted her and that is why she volunteers with so much gratitude.

After high school and some college she decided to live in Tokyo, Japan, for six years. There she was able to experience the city life of Harajuku, and build a strong relationship with her family of creatives. She has had the opportunity to experience many types of education styles (Catholic All girls school, HWS and DOE High school) as well as different ways of doing things when she lived in Tokyo. She came back to Hawai'i in 2000 to attend Hawaii Pacific University, where she majored in Business.

She comes from a family of artists and appreciates the time and energy it takes to create things and knows to relish every moment along the process. In her spare time you can find Erika with her family at the beach, planning a get together with friends, planning a trip to see other parts of our planet, or crafting something.

Trisha China White,
Vice President, Honolulu Financial Partners, LLC.