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!"

Principal's Message

Welcome to Waiakeawaena Elementary School!  Did you know that our school is 108 years old this year?  Our mascot is the menehune who were known to be superb craftspeople.  We teach the whole child to ensure children are immersed in a variety of classes and can hopefully fine tune their craft in whatever brings them joy.  


Our vision is Respect for All, Perseverance for Always, Integrity Forever and our mission is to support the growth of the whole child through rigorous academics, character building and community involvement.  


A little about me…I started my teaching career at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in 1994 as a student teacher with Miss Claire Takahashi.  After receiving my teaching certificate, I taught at E.B. deSilva Elementary and Kaumana Elementary before returning home to Waiakeawaena.  I taught 5th grade for 10 years before becoming the Title I/Curriculum Coordinator & Data Coach.  In 2013 I stepped up to become the TA Vice Principal.  After two years, I went through the certification program to be an administrator in the State of Hawaii.  I was the Vice Principal for 9 years.  I am honored to be the Principal at the school where I spent most of my career.  


Communication is one of our priorities.  We use various modes to communicate.  I hope you find our website useful.  Please check it often as we post things regularly.  You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.  We use Parent Square as our mode of communication within our classes and within our school.  Another mode of communication we use is School Messenger which is an automated phone messaging system.  It’s important to keep your contact information updated.  


Other ways you can be active is joining our PTA, participating in fundraisers or attending School Community Council (SCC) community meetings.  


If you ever need to contact me, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

Mrs. Ochi