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Queen Lydia Lili‘uokalani Elementary School Location / Contact:
3633 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 808 733-4680

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A progressive public elementary school. Opened in 1912 and personally dedicated by Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani1838-1917, the last reigning Hawaiian monarch.

Our Mission Statement: Recognizing that each student is a unique individual, our mission is to guide and nurture students to be: Caring, healthy in body, mind, and spirit, successful in living and learning, and to have strong inner character.

Our Motto: Queen Lili'uokalani School is a creative, caring and supportive community where learning blossoms.

Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani Elementary School

E onipa'a i ka 'imi na'auao"
Be steadfast in the seeking of knowledge...

The Legacy of Queen Lydia Kamaka'eha Lili'uokalani1838-1917

Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani Elementary School (QLS) is a small progressive Title I school in the heart of Kaimuki which consistently meets AYP (Annual Yearly Progress), is in good standing, and has unconditional status. They have an extremely dedicated group of faculty and staff who work hard for the good of all of the students.

The original Administration Building facing Waialae Avenue (early years)

Fascinating facts about the school:
  • School personally dedicated by Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani on April 12, 1912.
  • Property once housed a small zoo, home to exotic creatures, not all of them authentic. The resident "zebra" was revealed as a donkey when rain washed away its stripes.
  • A Time Capsule was placed in the pedestal of the Queen's bronze sculpture (below) in 1987, the Diamond Jubilee 75th Anniversary.

Bronze sculpture by artist Mariana Pineda graces
a special spot in the school library

Other Notes of Interest

  • Mural on right was created by students, parents, staff, and friends of QLS to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the school on April 12, 1992. click here for big image
  • In 1997, 85th Anniversary, the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Good Ideas Grant enabled creation of 10 Hawaiian quilts. Students from each grade level drew designs based on stories they were told of the Queen. Each class selected one design they all liked that best represented her life. Quilts are presently displayed in the school cafeteria.
  • In 2002, 90th Anniversary, a Gala Evening event combining the anniversary and the May Day program on May 24, 2002.
  • In 2007, 95th Anniversary, celebration included a traditional Hawaiian May Day program & Hawaiian luncheon. The Student Council donated a table and decorations for the Queen's bust located in the Administrative Office.
  • In 2012, 100th Anniversary!
  • Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Tablet. Located on the Koko Head side of the present Administration Building, is a gift from The Waialae, Kaimuki and Palolo Improvement Club on February 3, 1913.

  • The Cornerstone of the old building is now in the corner of the present basketball court

Former Administrators:

1912-1914 Harriet Needham
1914-1919 T.H. Gibson
1919-1939 James Wilson
Thomas Martin
John Ferreira 1946-47
Fred Kaeck 1945
1950-1951 Alice Nicholson Clas
1951-1962 Elizabeth Ryan
1961-1967 Archie Jackson
1967-1972 Minoru Ezaki
1972-1985 Ted Kalua
1985-1995 Arthur Wong
1995-2001 Karen Tsukiyama
2001-2002 John Flynn
2003-2006 James Toyooka
2006-2007 Interim Administrators
2007-2008 Kevin Yuen

  • Small School Big Education - 'ohana culture - everyone knows each other
  • Early Morning Care
  • After School Enrichment Programs
  • Tutoring
  • Annual Picnic in August
  • Gingerbread House Making in December
  • Family Dinner Night in September
  • Parent Student Night
  • Campus Tours for new students & family
  • After School A+ Program
  • Student Council
  • Kaimuki Christmas Parade
  • JPO (Jr. Police Officer Program)
  • FRNC (Family Resource Networking Center)
  • ESLL (English as Second Language Learners)
  • PSAP (Primary School Adjustment Program for K-3)
  • PCNC (Parent Community Networking Center)
  • SCC (School Community Council)
  • PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)
Community Alliances:
  • Kaimuki Lions Club
  • KBPA (Kaimuki Business and Professional Association)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Common Grace

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