• A+ Program

    Pū‘ōhala Elementary offers the State-funded A+ after school child care program for working parents or parents who attend school. The program provides homework assistance, tutorial, arts & crafts and play time. For more information and registration, call the A+ site coordinator at 305-5900 ext. 3055915.

  • English Language Learner (ELL)

    This program provides services to students whose primary language is not English and prevents them from success in the regular classroom. Students are given intensive and individualized instruction in language arts. Instructional support in the content areas is also provided.

  • Junior Police Officers (JPO)

    Junior Police Officers are selected from students possessing desirable traits of good citizenship and they must have written consent from a parent or guardian indicating that he/she may serve as a JPO.

    The JPO duty schedule is as follows:
    M, T, Th, F Wednesday
    7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.
    2 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
    7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.
    1:10 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

    Training and drills are held once a week during school hours with an officer from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). The Junior Police Officers participate in an annual field day competition and picnic sponsored by the HPD with units from other schools.

  • Librarian
    Our vision is to provide resources and services that promote information literacy, the love of reading, and life-long learning.

    Library Mission Statement

     The mission is to ensure that the learning community (students,  teachers, staff, parents, community) are effective users of ideas and  information.

           The library mission is accomplished by:
    • collaborating with the learning community to improve student achievement  involving the  integration of information literacy, independent learning and social responsibility standards with classroom curriculum, school initiatives and school philosophy.
    • developing, implementing and managing an effective library program which provides access to materials in a variety of formats that meet the needs of the learning community.
    • participating in professional development opportunities to update/acquire knowledge and strategies of information and educational issues.
  • School Counselor

    Pū‘ōhala's counselor provides a variety of services for the students, their families and the staff at the school. The counselor also works with other professionals for the best interest of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the counselor by calling the school to discuss concerns about their child; including, but not limited to, socialization skills, self-concept, changes within the family, and recommendations for referrals to agencies and special schools.

  • School Social Worker

    Our school social worker is part of our counseling team and liaison for outside agencies. We encourage you to contact our school social worker if you would like to utilize her/his services. Please call the school office at 305-5900 to set up an appointment.

  • Special Education (SPED)

    Special Education is provided to any student who qualifies based on a comprehensive evaluation. Referrals can be made by parents or school personnel. If your child received Special Education services or if you feel your child may be in need of this service, please inform the teacher and/or call the school student services coordinator at 305-5900 ext. 3055912. Services are individualized to meet the child’s specific needs.

  • Student Council

    The student government or council organization (grades 4-6) at Pū‘ōhala Elementary School came into existence in October 1967. Elected officers work to promote and plan activities which enhance the following objectives:

    1. Promote a positive school life for all students
    2. Establish a close relationship between the staff and students
    3. Develop good citizens and promote democratic living
    4. Raise and uphold the standards of our school
    5. Promote the general welfare of the school and its good name
    6. Promote leadership qualities and train future leaders.

      Student council gives kids numerous benefits including:

    • The opportunity to participate in decisions that affect them. Students that feel they have a say in school rules, policies and operations are more likely to cooperate and encourage other students to do so as well.
    • The ability to understand more about the democratic process. Democracy is one of our country's founding principles. What better way for students to understand the process than to directly participate in it?
    • The chance to learn important leadership skills. Colleges and jobs are increasingly looking for candidates with strong leadership skills. Get your child involved early so that these skills are well developed before they reach intermediate and high school.

    Get Involved With Student Council -Article from Kidz World

  • Student Services Coordinator (SSC)

    The Student Services Coordinator coordinates all services for children with special needs. If you ever feel your child is having difficulties and you want to discuss this, please call our SSC at 305-5900 ext. 3055912.

  • Technology Coordinator
    The technology goals are:
    • Develop technological literacy among learners in four areas of awareness, application, integration, and ethics.
    • Provide awareness of advancements in technology for faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
    • Integrate technology into the curriculum.
    • Have students apply telecommunications and information processing skills.
    • Have equipment, software, and necessary resources to support projects.
  • Testing Program

    Elementary students participate in an online comprehensive appraisal program. The Hawaii State Assessments are used to measure student and school progress in the attainment of the Hawaii content standards statewide. The Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English Language Arts (ELA) are aligned to the new Hawaii Common Core Standards.

    Smarter Balanced resources
    Practice questions: Test yourself with items in grades 3-11 in math and English Language arts.
    Smarter Balanced website: Learn more about the new assessment aligned to Hawaii Common Core Standards

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Hawaii State Assessments
    The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are administered to students in Grades 3-8 and 10. Students in Grades 4 and 8 also take the HSA in Science. (The scores of high school students who are enrolled in Biology I and take the related End-of-Course exam are also reported as part of statewide assessment scores.) Like the End-of-Course exam, the State Assessments are administered online using adaptive testing.

    The HSA measures student attainment of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III based on learning in the classroom. Scores, reported at the end of each school year, are released to the public to track the achievement of students, schools, complex areas and the state, and to support instructional program improvement efforts. Individual student data is not released.

    Hawaiian and Alternate exams
    Hawaiian Language KAʻEO tests are administered to grades 3 and 4 students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP). Grade 4 HLIP students are also administered the online fixed form Hawaiian Language HSA in Science. Students are allowed one opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the Hawaiian language for each of these assessments. Grades 3 and 4 Hawaiian Language Immersion Program students may also take these online, adaptive assessments in the English language.

    Hawaii State Alternate Assessment: The HSAA is a standards-based assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the HSA even with accommodations. Students in grades 3-8 and 10 are assessed in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 are also assessed in science. The administration of the HSAA takes place throughout the school year.

    Students in grades K-2 are assessed on Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) three times a year.

    Individual results of any statewide or school wide testing program are kept in the student’s cumulative folder in the office and are shared with parents as they become available.

    With the specific permission of parents, other tests may be administered to individual students to determine eligibility for special programs. Results of these tests are kept in a confidential folder in the office. These results are also shared with parents at a specially arranged conference.

  • Title I and Curriculum Coordinator

    Pū‘ōhala Elementary is a schoolwide Title I school that qualifies for Federal Title I funding based on the number of low income families (free or reduced lunch) in our school geographic area. Title I funds are combined with other school funds to reach our school goal of improving student achievement as outlined in the school's academic and financial plan. These goals include improving student achievement, increasing parental involvement, and providing professional development opportunities for teachers as they strive to enhance standards-based education here at Pū‘ōhala.
    The curriculum coordinator provides instructional leadership for K-6th grade through supporting the principal in
    curriculum development, teacher support, professional development, and literacy program development & coordination.
    Areas of Responsibility:

      Curriculum Development

    • Support teachers in unit and lesson planning
    • Provide feedback on unit and lesson plans
    • Research and advise curriculum designs

      Teacher Support
    • Model lessons as appropriate
    • Conference with teachers on planning, classroom and student data
    • Observe and provide feedback to teachers

      Professional Development
    • Support principal in designing professional development calendar and sessions
    • Lead professional development sessions

      Literacy Program Development and Coordination
    • Coordinate reading intervention schedule and program
    • Manage reading resource teacher
    • Manage reading data training, tracking and analysis

      Teaching & Other
    • Teach sections of classes as appropriate
    • Teach intervention groups as appropriate
    • Substitute as needed
    • Participate in all duties and responsibilities as appropriate
    • Other duties as assigned by the principal
  • Volunteers -Parents and Kupuna

    Parents and friends are invited and encouraged to volunteer their services to the school.
    All visitors/volunteers must report to the office and sign-in.

    • Pre-arrange your visit with the teacher / principal
    • Wear the visitor / volunteer badge (name tag) while on campus
    • All volunteers working with students must have a documented current "negative" TB clearance and a background check clearance

      Conferences of any length should be held at mutually convenient times other than during the teacher's instructional period.

      Parent and Kupuna Volunteersvolunteers needed

      Throughout the school year, we can use the services of parents and grandparents in a variety of ways.
      They may serve as room parents, chaperones, tutors, lunch and playground supervisors, health room and library aides, and clerical helpers. Volunteer help is always needed and greatly appreciated. Spread a little sunshine by volunteering
      Additional Resources
      Tips for Parent Involvement -article from the Learning Community

      The Busy Parent's Guide to Involvement in Education -article from PBS
      Even though this article is for teachers, it has a list of 50 Ways to Utilize Classroom Volunteers that you can do to help out.

      Helpful Hints for Volunteers for Trips
    1. Contact the teacher ahead of time as to the dress requirements: Do you need walking boots, jacket, etc.? Check with the teacher about the time you are expected at the school.
    2. Ask the teacher about his/her policy on gift shop and food concessions, and what to do if a child has forgotten his/her money.
    3. Introduce yourself to the students assigned to you. Let them know you are in charge and they are to come to you if they need to go to the bathroom or want to go anywhere away from the group.
    4. When you ride the bus, see where the teacher would like you to sit. Often the teacher has a place in mind to help control behavior.
    5. Upon arrival, get specific instructions from the teacher. In some cases, you will be assigned 4 or 5 students, such as at the Waikīkī Aquarium or the Honolulu Academy of Art; other times the group will stay together, as at the Fire House or the Fish Pond or on guided tours. Find out where you will be meeting the bus and at what time. Be sure to have a watch or other timepiece.
    6. Siblings are NOT permitted on field trips.

Hours and Schedule

  • Office Hours and Bell Schedule

    Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    School Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.Pueo
    Wed. School hours: 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    Office Phone: (808) 305-5900
    Office Fax: (808) 233-5663
    Principal: Makala Pa‘akaula
    45-233 Kulauli Street Kāne‘ohe HI 96744
    Campus and Classroom Map

    Bell Schedule
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    7:15 a.m. --JPOs on Duty
    7:45 a.m. --Warning Bell--Report to Class
    7:50 a.m. --Tardy Bell
    7:50-8 a.m. --Morning Business
    8:00 a.m. --Instruction
    9:30 a.m. --Morning Recess
    10 a.m. --Classes Resume/End of Recess
    11:20 a.m. -- Lower grades wash up
    11:30 a.m. -- Lunch (K-2)
    11:45 a.m. -- Lunch (grades 3-6)
    12 noon p.m. --Instruction resumes (K-2)
    12:15 p.m. --Instruction resumes (3-6)
    2:00 p.m. --End of School Day Warning Bell
    2:05 p.m. --End of School Day Release Bell and Dismissal
    A+ Program Hours: 2:05 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    7:15 a.m. --JPOs on Duty
    7:45 a.m. --Warning Bell--Report to Class
    7:50 a.m. --Tardy Bell
    7:50-8 a.m. --Morning Business
    8:00 a.m. --Instruction
    9:30 a.m. --Morning Recess
    10 a.m. --Classes Resume/End of Recess
    11:20 a.m. -- Lower grades wash up
    11:30 a.m. -- Lunch (K-2)
    11:45 a.m. -- Lunch (grades 3-6)
    12 noon p.m. --Instruction resumes (K-2)
    12:15 p.m. --Instruction resumes (3-6)
    1:10 p.m. End of School Day Warning Bell
    1:15 p.m. End of School Day Release Bell and Dismissal
    A+ Program Hours: 1:15 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.