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August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017


Aloha Waiākeawaena Students and Families,


Welcome back to a brand new school year. We hope that you enjoyed your summer and are refreshed and ready to learn. The theme for this school year is “I ho`okahi kahi ka mana`o,” which means to be one of mind and one in thought. This year’s theme continues our focus around Lōkahi and uniting for the betterment of our keiki. We hope that you will continue to be our partners in helping our children grow in academics, social and emotional development, building good character and creating a mindset of goal setting and goal attainment.


This school year is the first year that students are required to wear a school uniform shirt. As a reminder, shirts must be worn from Monday-Thursday with Friday being “free dress” days. We ask that you do not alter the shirts in anyway. To ensure the safety of our students, only current students and staff members were allowed to purchase the school uniform shirt. Mahalo to all of you for respecting this initiative. 


This year, we will also continue our Kāko`o Project, which focuses on the core values of Kuleana (Responsibility), Hō`ihi (Respect), Kūpono (Integrity), Kūpa`a (Perseverance) and Lōkahi (Unity). Information regarding each value will be included in our monthly Nā Leo newsletter. We humbly ask for your assistance in reinforcing these values at home.


Lastly, just a friendly reminder about traffic at our school. There are 3 designated areas that are appropriate and safe for the drop off and pick up of students. Appropriate areas are marked by yellow lines and are located:


In front of the school office on Kīlauea Avenue after the buses leave.

On Kino`ole Street above H building.

At Andrew’s Gym along the gym walkway (inside lane only).


Students should not be dropped off in the Hilo bound lanes on Kīlauea Avenue. Please DO NOT PARK in the designated drop off and pick up areas as it creates a safety hazard.


As a friendly reminder, there is no parking in the staff parking lot by the cafeteria unless you have a valid handicap placard. Please remember:

  • There are 2 marked “Van accessible” Handicapped stalls in the parking lot near the cafeteria. These are designated for Handi-van loading/unloading during the following times: 7:00-8:00 am M-F / 12:00-1:00 pm on W / 1:00-2:00 pm on M, T, Th, F
  • In addition, there are marked employee handicapped stalls. These are reserved for employees meeting the federal guidelines. Please DO NOT park in these stalls (even if you have a handicapped placard). They are specifically for employee use.


Public Parking is located at Andrew’s Gym, on Kīlauea Avenue, and the top two tiers of the Kino`ole parking lot. Please follow all traffic laws, posted speed limits, and No Parking signs. The Hawai`i County Police Department will cite anyone not following traffic laws.


**Please be prompt when picking up your child. Students remaining at the school after 3:30 pm (unless they are at A+) are unsupervised. Hawai`i County Police will be called to assist any unsupervised children.


If you have any questions or concern, please feel free to contact myself or Vice Principal Ochi at (808)981-7200. Mahalo and we looking forward to partnering with you for another successful school year.

November 2016
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Here at Waiakeawaena, we are committed to the development of the whole child (academic, behavior, social and emotional development).  As part of this commitment, we have some exciting programs being offered.  First, our Ho`oulu `Ike After School Enrichment will begin on November 14, 2016.  Classes include robotics, homework help, arts & crafts, hip hop dance and much more.  Secondly, our RTI (Response to Intervention) program begins today.  RTI is designed to specifically target the individual needs of each student.  Students are grouped based on need and offered targeted interventions.  This year, our RTI program focuses on Language Arts (reading and writing).  Lastly, we are continuing our articulation/resource time.  This includes Hawaiiana, Read Aloud/Achieve 3000, Art, Maker Space, and Computer Technology.  Through these various programs, students are exposed to multiple disciplines that help support their development.
In addition to the above mentioned programs, we continue to use our Kako`o Project (Monthly Values) to teach children about appropriate behaviors and expectations.  The Kako`o Project allows students to focus on one value per month, which is reinforced through classroom lessons, our monthly Ho`olauna assemblies, our quarterly Caught Being Good (CBG) incentive and through visuals around campus.  By supporting character development for students, we help to create a positive environment where learning can take place and children feel safe.
This year we have added our #OTED (On Time Every Day) attendance incentive.  Daily attendance is very important.  If a student is not in school, they are not being afforded the opportunity to learn with their peers.  Waiakeawaena Elementary recognizes the important of daily attendance and encourages students (through #OTED) as well as parents to make every effort to be in school on time, every day.  Please click on the link under clubs and activities for more information.