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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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Picture Day! November 7th

This yearʻs school picture taking is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th from 9-2. Last name A-K is 9:00 - 11:00 and L-Z is 12:00 - 2:00. This will be a drive-thru event and would like to thank APOHH for going the extra mile in helping us get this together for our students.

If you have questions, please have contact Sherry Wakano at ext 288.

Pumpkin Contest

Carve a pumpkin or create a pumpkin to enter for a chance to win one of four $20 target gift cards!

Grab and Go Starting October 12, 2020

Children can receive free meals regardless of whether or not they are enrolled at the school or eligible for the free or reduced price lunch program. Meal distribution will be lunchtime only. Pickups will include one lunch for the day and one breakfast for the following day, per child. Meals may be picked up without children present but verification documents must be provided.

Quarter 2 Update

An update from Principal Kaleohano on how we will proceed into the second quarter of school year 2020-2021.

Quarter 2 Announcement

As a school we are working on a phase in plan and schedule for 2nd quarter. This will be shared with all parents by the end of 1st quarter. If you opted for distance learning (DL) and would like to continue or if you opted for blended learning and would like to move to DL for quarter 2, please complete the form (on the website) by October 2, 2020. Mahalo for your understanding and patience as we navigate these changes.

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Upcoming Events

Election Day
Date: 11/3/2020
Group B (Make Up Day)
Date: 11/6/2020
Picture Taking
Date: 11/7/2020, 9 AM 2 PM
Veteran's Day (No School)
Date: 11/11/2020
Quarter 2: Material Pick Up A-K
Date: 11/12/2020, 9:15 AM 11:15 AM

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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 honors program for grades 3-5, environmental education, and inquiry based thinking. The school also uses technology to enhance teaching in a 1:1 environment with students in grades K-2 using iPads and students in grades 3-5 with laptops.  
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