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!"

Vice Principal's Message


This school year marks my 7th year as Vice Principal and 20th year at Waiakeawaena Elementary School.   I am blessed to be at the school where I spent most of my educational career. I started teaching at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in 1999, teaching the 5th grade for ten years before taking on the challenge to be the Title I Coordinator and Data Coach.  I held that position for three years before taking on the challenge to be the TA Vice Principal and I have been the Vice Principal ever since. I truly love this school, all of our families, and our community!


My job is to ensure your child is learning and safe in school.  I ask that you follow our school safety rules to ensure we have a safe campus.  I will focus on a different safety issue each month in our monthly newsletter. Our Parent Handbook provides you with all the information you need.  Please make sure to refer to that if you have any questions. If your questions are still not answered, please call our office to help you.  


Our theme for this school year is Ho’a i ka lama, which means ignite the torch….ignite the imagination.  We hope to ignite your child’s imagination this school year and hope to instill the love for learning! I can’t wait to watch your child grow and learn this year!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me or stop by the office.


Mrs. Suzanne M.I. Ochi