Aikane O Hokulani / Friends of Hokulani Elementary School
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Honolulu, HI 96816
Honolulu, HI 96816
ABOUT AIKANE O HOKULANI
Aikane O Hokulani (friends of Hokulani) is a Non-Profit organization. Our mission to generate funds to support the growth and advancement of students at Hokulani Elementary School through extracurricular activities, programs and equipment.
History of Hokulani School
Until the 1950's, the many young children living in the present Hokulani School district attended Kuhio, Ali'iolani or Palolo Schools. However, their parents longed to have a local school built, so residents and community leaders congregated to initiate the process. Long time St. Louis Heights resident, former Hokulani parent and present Hokulani grandparent, John Silva, played a key role in Hokulani School's construction.
On January 24, 1957, at a public hearing, it was proposed that 31,000 square feet of land that was allocated for the expansion of Kanewai Park be given to the Department of Education for a new school site. The Tom family, who still resides in the area, also gave a pie-shaped piece of land which made it possible to create an entrance to the school from Kamakini Street.
In 1958, Hokulani opened with five grade levels, eight teachers and the principal, Mr. Arthur Wong. The office and health room was located in A-1 and A-3 was the library. There were only two buildings, A and B. Students ate their 25 cent lunches in their classrooms from metal plates that resembled pie tins!
The enthusiastic parents of the brand new school wasted no time in thinking of ways to raise money. Numerous projects were undertaken and this practice has continued to this day.
In 1960, C Building was completed. This was followed by the Multi-Purpose Building which was finally built in 1964 after several delays. The Administration Building was completed in 1967, and in 1970 the school experimented with a new method of teaching. Walls between classrooms were removed, enabling the combination of two classes. These combined classes were taught by three teachers and explains why a couple of classrooms are still divided by temporary partitions. In 1971, The Music Building was constructed, thus completing the physical layout of the school.
Today, there are close to 400 students enrolled at Hokulani. Although our diverse student body is comprised primarily of our local children, we also have a small percentage of students who are recent immigrants. For the most part, these are students whose parents are scholars from other countries and who live in nearby UH MŠnoa faculty housing. The remainder are students from the Orient, whose parents are currently working in the United States.
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At Hokulani we have incredible partnerships with the families and friends of the school. We strive to make our school motto a reality as everyone "Reaches for the Stars" while placing the utmost priority on excellent elementary level education.
Hokulani School Fundraising
Our mission to generate funds to support the growth and advancement of students at Hokulani Elementary School through extracurricular activities, programs and equipment.
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