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Hokulani Elementary School Location / Contact:
2940 Kamakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-4789

Dr. Alan Ramos
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Our History Our Vision and Mission

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. Our students demonstrate the ability to achieve the highest behavioral and academic goals. Students succeed because of the strong, ongoing involvement and support of their families and the talent and skill of the staff members who work with them. Our entire faculty and staff members understand their most important contribution to student success is the development of positive, caring relationships.

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History of Hokulani Elementary School
Until the 1950's, children living in the present Hokulani School district attended Kuhio, Ali'iolani or Palolo Elementary 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 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) when the school opened. 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 present 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. In 1971, The Music Building that is now used for the computer lab 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 serve 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 Mänoa faculty housing. The remainder are students from the Orient, whose parents are currently working in the United States.

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Hokulani's Vision & Mission

Hokulani Elementary, A PEACE-Centered School

Our Vision
Hokulani School is a place where children reach for the stars. We are a caring community of learners who promote peace and world citizenship.

Our Mission
Our mission is to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning by nurturing, guiding, and challenging all of our students to achieve their maximum potential

Meaning of Peace
At Hokulani, the word “PEACE” means more than “freedom from strife of any kind”. Each letter of the word represents a pillar of understanding that we strive to achieve through our curricular instruction.

P - People Everywhere
Cultual Diversity & Global Understanding . . . fostering social and communication skills and attitudes of honesty, cooperation, and mutual respect.

E - Environmental Awareness
Understanding interdependence, dependence, threats to, and how we affect our environment, and developing the ability to be involved in complex thinking and problemsolving.

A - Active Citizenship
Developing social, community, and self responsibility.

C - Conflict Resolution
Enhancing interpersonal relations and understanding that it is essential for people to work together peacefully and productively.

E = Equality of Opportunity
Developing awareness of inclusiveness and equality, providing tools for change, and learning about the world of work.

General Learner Outcomes are the essential goals of standards-based learning for students in all grade levels at Hokulani. The six GLOs form the foundation on which we build our PEACE-centered appraoches to learning.

GLO 1: Self-Directed Learner

GLO 2: Community Contributor

GLO 3: Complex Thinker

GLO 4: Quality Producer

GLO 5: Effective Communicator

GLO 6: Effective and Ethical User of Technology

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