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Future Artists Blossom at Kahalu'u Elementary

M.O.A Art Awards - Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the Windward Mall for their outstanding art. Morgan Nakayama-Yogi, Maya Afualo and Israel Arrambide. Lovely work Kahalu'u!
Congratulations to this years 'Sight is Beautiful' contest winners. One of our artists were also awarded as a Zone Winner and will continue on in the contest to compete with other Zone Winners. Amazing work Braedyn, Nathanael, Jen Rose Ifenuk, Rustin Natanael (Zone Winner!) Renata Marantz, Morgan Nakayama-Yogi, Trinity Chun and Vivian Lam. Great job artists!

Message from the Principal

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Dear Kahalu'u School Ohana,
Would you believe it that we are quickly approaching the end of the school year? Our quarterly assessment shows us that we are pretty much on target and students are progressing well. As you can see by our calendar, it will indeed be a busy but I know it will be a productive month. As unexpected as it was, the recent whole school evacuation on April 3rd did not hamper us from keeping our focus on student achievement. Thank you so much families for your understanding and cooperation as we took care of business and coordinated our evacuation efforts with our community partners - the Fire Department, Police Department, Hazmat unit and the Medical Assistant Team. Hopefully we will hear soon regarding the details of the exposure. But, as I said, we have serious business in school and that is your child's learning and weremain focused and steadfast in making sure our students are college and career ready. Your proud partner in education, Mrs. Matsuzaki
Mrs. Naomi Matsuzaki

What's happening at Kahalu'u?


Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff, parents and students who all contributed to the schools recent award. At the recent PE Meet at Castle High school, Kahalu'u was selected and awarded for excellence in wellness for the 2014 year. Several students, as well as Vice Principal Dwight Uetake were presented the banner and photographed in front of all of the remaining schools in attendance. This comes after just months of Kahalu'u Elementarys 'wellness initiatives' by adapting the 5-2-1-0 program and a year after starting our Kahalu'u Running Club. Great job everyone! :)

ATTENTION: Kindergarten Age Change for 2014 School Year
Starting next school year (August 2014) the Department of Education has changed the age requirement for student entrance into Kindergarten. The following link provided will go into greater detail concerning these new changes and standards. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to come by the school office to meet with a school administrator.


WE all have set a goal to increase student attendance, as we all know that school success depends on attendance and promptness to school. No more leaving school early unless absolutely necessary. Show your keiki that SCHOOL IS PRIORITY in your family. Thankfully - we see a great deal less students leaving early or coming to school late. Instructional time is so valuable, it is the treasure that will help your child to "Surpass Expectation with Pride in Achievemnt."


Congratulations to the following students and teachers who are Windward District winners in the 'Sight Is Beautiful' poster contest. One of our winners was also awarded as a Zone Winner and will continue on in the contest to compete with other Zone Winners.

Mrs. Zalophany: Braedyn Nathanael
Ms. Douglas: Jen Rose Ifenuk & Rustin Nathanael (ZONE WINNER!!!)
Ms. Hamada: Renata Marantz & Morgan Nakayama Yogi
Mrs. Nagatoshi: Trinity Chun
Mrs. Garman: Vivian Lam


School Community Council meeting

The School Community Council meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month, 3:00-4:30 in the library. This Council serves as an advisory group to the principal in making decisions related to school improvement. Although the meetings will be the third Tuesday of each month, check the website for updates in case of special occasions. Members of the Council are teachers Carl Okamoto, Erin Tokoro and Brandi Chung; parent representatives are Kealoha Bento and Chanel Lato; community representatives are Danny Afualo and Emma Frias, both from the Key Project; classified and casual employees include Melanie Afualo and Monica DeCosta. Come and join us if you would like to be involved. Our next meeting is January 21, 2014. Agenda and Minutes are posted on the School Documents Online website.

Proficiency and Beyond!

New Year, New Goals! It's time to get out and get HEALTHY, Kahalu'u! The Deparment of Education in conjunction with Kahalu'u Elementary is out to get our students healthy and strong and that means making better nutritional choices and being more active. Everyone is encouraged to get 30- 60 minutes of activity daily, whether it's running, playing or even walking. But of course we don't expect you to do it alone, so look for upcoming activities, workshops or even on our website for resources to help your family to reach your healthy goals or lifestyle. Remember we are all a part of this a T.E.A.M (Together Everone Achieves More)!

Surpass Expectations with Pride in Achievement


Kahalu'u students achieve college and career readiness while exemplifying respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, resiliency and positive relationships as lifelong learners and contributing citizens.


Kahalu'u provides quality standards based education to all students by holding high expectations and working collaboratively with parents and community members to foster a shared responsibility for student learning.


Know your privacy rights as they apply to 1) student record information; 2) directory information; 3) surveys and other information collection; and 4) military recruitment information. For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit


Upcoming Events (See also School Calendar)


MOA Art Awards - Congratulations to the following students who will be recognized on April 12th at 10:00 am at the Windward Mall for their outstanding painting. The following students' work were selected among a field of 100's. Morgan Nakayama Yogi and teacher Ms. Hamada Maya Afualo and teacher Ms. Rivers, Israel Arrambide and teacher Ms. Rivers. Gongratulations students!


School Community Council will be meeting in the office at 3:00 pm. We are looking for one parent and one community member to join the team. The SCC helps the Principal to make decisions regarding the Academic and Financial Plan for the school. If interested, please call Mrs. Matsuzaki at 233-5704 for more information.


This is the end of 3rd quarter Awards Assembly where we will be recognizing students for perfect attendance and academic achievement. If you have received an invitation, or if you just want to come, we would be happy to have you join us.


Good Friday Holiday; Office is closed.


Our Family Resource Teacher is planning a literacy activity called Grillin with Dads. Watch for an announcement or call Melanie Afualo for more information at 233-5704.


Annual Castle Complex Track Meet - Students from the eight elementary schools in grades 5 and 6 will be participating in a variety of track events. Please come and join us to cheer for our students at the Castle High's new track.


Our team of grade 6 students will be competing with students from the other elementary schools in the Castle Complex. Last year our grade 6 students did well and we know they will do just as well this year! Thank you Mrs. Garman and Mrs. Nakayama for your support.


Get ready for our last Family Event of the year! Our annual Kahalu'u Grilling with Dad will be held on Friday, May 9th in the evening. This will be the first time this will be an evening event, to encourage as many families as possible to participate. Please watch for the form in your students folders. Hope to see you there!

Kahalu'u Elementary 47-280 Waihe'e Road (808) 239-3100
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014