• What are the words to our school song?

    logoHail Pū‘ōhala
    Beyond the majestic mountains in lush green lands of Kāne‘ohe
    Lies our school Pū‘ōhala overlooking Kāne‘ohe Bay
    Pū‘ōhala.... Pū‘ōhala....Students loyal and true
    Hail our colors green and gold your name shall we all uphold

  • Do we have a mascot?

    Yes, our mascot is the Hawaiian short-eared brown owl or Pueo. Here are a few links:
    Owls at Ka‘ena Point
    Tammy Yee's Fun Facts

  • Vision and Mission statements?
    Pūʻōhala Elementary School empowers students by developing strong foundations of ʻIke Kupuna, positive relationships, and life-long learning.

    • There is a feeling of trust, respect and cohesiveness among students, educators, families and community.
    • Parents are actively involved in the educational process.
    • Students have first hand (hands on) activities.
    • Students feel they can get help.
    • Students feel safe and are treated fairly.
    • The curriculum provides a variety of learning experiences.

      Our mission is to develop each student academically, socially, physically, and emotionally to reach their fullest potential as contributing members of society. To achieve the ideals stated in both the Vision and Mission statements, the teachers and staff strive to provide a learning environment and academic program that supports proficient academic achievement while nurturing civic responsibility. A rigorous, standards-based curriculum where students can receive help when they need it is the basis of the Pū‘ōhala scholastic program. School and classroom success is built on the 5 R's : respect, responsibility, relationships, resilience and resourcefulness.

      • Parents are students' first teachers.
      • Students are active participants in the learning process.
      • Students require physical fitness activities to promote well-being.
      • Students should be challenged to achieve his/her potential.
      • Students deserve aesthetic enrichment opportunities.
      • Students possess individual strengths.
      • The school is a safe, learning environment.
      • As a team, the school community nurtures good citizenship.
      • Teacher's incorporate critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Teacher's provide opportunities for student application of these skills.
      • Everyone is treated equally with respect.
  • What is a Student-Parent-Teacher Compact?

    These are agreements made by important stakeholders so that we may be successful in providing quality education experiences. Click here for the 2016-17 Compact in pdf format.

  • How do I access the Academic/Financial Plan and other school documents?

    You can access the Academic and Financial Plans (AFP), Quarterly Progress Reports, and School Community Council (SCC) meeting agendas and minutes at the website School Documents Online. Click upper R tab for menu items.
    The Dept. of Education prepares an individual School Status & Improvement Report (SSIR) for each school. Each school report contains a description of the school and its setting, a summary of school improvement progress, available resources, and vital signs on school performance.
    Strive HI School Accountability Reports are also available; more information about this Performance System can be found at the official DOE website.

  • Please translate the meaning of Pūʻōhala?

    Our school is nestled between the breathtaking Koʻolau Mountains and Kāneʻohe Bay. The weather is such that the winds swoop down to embrace our ʻohana. The literal Hawaiian place name dictionary translation is "passing gust or passing blaze." Sorry, it is not about the hala tree.

  • Is it possible to get more information about the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP)?

    Yes indeed. Talk to our poʻokumu (principal) or na kumu (teachers) about our HLIP program. You can also visit the HI DOE website to get more details and contact the State specialist. Parents and other ʻohana are encouraged to take adult language classes in Hawaiian and join Hui Mākua.
    Pūnana Leo o Koʻolau Poko preschool is also on our campus. They would also be happy to talk with you.

  • Is Pūʻōhala Elementary only a Hawaiian Language Immersion School? Do you teach English?

    We are a dual school with a regular English program and HLIP. We do have a Kupuna program; Hawaiian and our culture is taught to the lower elementary students. The HLIP teaches English as a Second Language starting in 5th grade.

  • Where do I buy those gorgeous pueo T-shirts?

    Our friendly office staff will be glad to assist. They are reasonably priced and come in all sizes.
    Drop on by the school office or call 808-305-5900 for more information.
    They are a must-have and a part of our school uniform.

  • What does the acronym MS-4 mean?

    Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS-4) Program; Click here to learn more about Protecting Water Quality and the Campus Specific Fact Sheet. It is important to be Storm Water Compliant at home, school, community and our islands to prevent pollution from affecting our water resources and ocean.

  • The Hawaii State DOE acronyms are driving me crazy! What do all those abbreviations stand for?

    Yes it drives us crazy, too. But we have to live with it. Click here for a fairly quick list.
    For a more comprehensive list, access the DOE website. But viewing that will give you a headache.

  • What are the office and school hours?

    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/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.
  • I need to call some other people besides the office. Do you have a school directory?

    Here it is... Please kokua and note that phone messages to students are limited to emergencies only. Emergency messages will be delivered quickly to the class. Also, teachers are unavailable to answer phones while classes are in session. Messages can be left on their voice mail mailbox. If it is an emergency, notify the office for assistance at 305-5900. Mahalo!

    Principal / Poʻokumu 305-5900  
    School Administrative Service Assistant -SASA 305-5900 x3055903
    Office Clerk / Registrar 305-5900 x3055902
    Accounts Clerk 305-5900 x3055901
    Health Aide 305-5900 x3055913
    Student Services Coordinator -SSC 305-5900 x3055912
    Librarian 305-5900 x3055905
    Counselor 305-5900 x3055923
    PCNC Parent Community Networking Center 305-5900  
    Cafeteria 305-5900 x3055940
    PreK Special Education A-3
    PreK Special Education A-5
    Curriculum Coordinator
    Curriculum Coordinator, HLIP
    305-5900 x3055934
    Speech Therapy Services 305-5900 x3055926
    A+ after school program 305-5900 x3055941
    Behavioral Specialist and Social Worker 233-5667  
    Head Start 233-5660 x3055917

    Click here for "About US" with Faculty/Staff Names. Also, many teachers have class websites and use the app Remind. Please check with the teacher if they have a code or other means of communication. Mahalo!

  • I'm lost... where IS the school office?

    Go straight down the walkway past the blacktop, A building and the flag pole until you run out of sidewalk. We also have a Campus Map.
    If you are still driving around in your car... better gets some google map directions!

  • Wow, your students sing all the verses to the Hawai‘i State Song. Could you give me the lyrics?
    HI flag

    Hawai‘i Pono‘ī

    Hawai‘i pono‘ī
    Nānā i kou mō‘ī
    Ka lani ali‘i,
    Ke ali‘i

    Makua lani ē,
    Kamehameha ē,
    Na kaua e pale,
    Me ka ihe

    Hawai‘i pono‘ī
    Nānā i nā ali‘i
    Nā pua muli kou
    Nā pōki‘i               (Hui)

    Hawai‘i pono‘ī
    E ka lāhui e
    ‘O kāu hana nui
    E ui‘ē                   (Hui)

    Words by King David Kalākaua, Music by Henrich Wilhelm Berger
    ABOUT THE SONG: The lyrics to "Hawai‘i Pono‘ī," the official state song, were written in the 1870s by King Kalākaua to a melody by Captain Henry Berger. It was first performed on Nov. 16, 1874, at Kawaiaha‘o Church.