Waiakeawaena Elementary School

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What makes Waiakeawaena Special? "First and foremost, the people (the children and adults). Each individual gives life to the campus! Each personality adds the character to what makes Waiakeawaena. We are one 'OHANA. We are family!"

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Jump Rope for Heart!

A big mahalo to our students, family and staff for collecting monies to help children with special hearts! This year we collected $9,137.37. Way to go Menehune!!

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Thursday, April 27th from 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m. in the cafeteria.  Come and help us celebrate Earth and Cultural Day and enjoy a FUN night with cooking demonstration by Derek Kurisu, Make-n-Take Earth project by a UH-Hilo Agricultural Professor; Mike Nagao, Cultural Performance by the Okinawan Club in Hilo and Karate demonstration and more!

School Uniforms

Take a look at the design for our school uniforms. You can also click on the picture and see a close up of each design.

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Upcoming Events

PTA Meeting: Cultural & Earth Day
Date: 4/27/2017, 5:30 PM 7 PM
Cookie Fundraiser Pick Up
Date: 5/6/2017
Talent Show
Date: 5/8/2017, 1 PM 2 PM
Volunteer Appreciation Event
Date: 5/15/2017, 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
Location: Library
Last Day for Students
Date: 5/26/2017

Mission Statement

Waiākeawaena Elementary School is a Pre K-5 Title I school serving a culturally diverse student population. Founded in 1915, it is one of the largest elementary schools on the Big Island with a current enrollment of approximately 700 students. Our students are predominantly Native Hawaiian, but our teachers serve a wide range of ethnicities and socioeconomic groups.
About this school - from the Hawaii State Department of Education
Waiakeawaena Elementary's commitment to academics is evident in strong professional development opportunities throughout the year that keep teachers abreast of current issues and trends in education.

​Unique programs include a science and math gifted-and-talented program, environmental education and inquiry based thinking. The school uses technology to enhance teaching.  Waiakeawaena Elementary has the only elementary school band in Hilo.
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