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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 8th year as Vice Principal and 21st 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.  After two years, I committed to being a Vice Principal after being accepted and completing the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL).  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 website provides you with a lot of the information you need.  Please make sure to refer to our website if you have any questions.  We also use social media to get information out quickly.  Please follow us.  From time to time, we will also send out messages via School Messenger which is an automated system.  If your questions are still not answered, please call our office to help you.  Lastly, I have a Twitter account where I share positive things that happen at Waiakeawaena.  Please follow me @vpsochi.


Our theme for this school year is Komo mai kau mapuna hoe which means to put in your dip of the paddle and pitch in.  We are all in this together this school year and hope to instill the love for learning while also following all the guidelines.  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.  


Mrs. Suzanne M.I. Ochi