Waiahole Elementary is a rural school nestled in the verdant farming community of Waiahole Valley. Established in 1883, the school is rich with old traditions kept alive by generations of families living in this picturesque valley. The school celebrated its 130th anniversary in September of 2013 with a day of fun, food and reminiscing. As one of the oldest and smallest schools on Oahu, Waiahole School is the heart of the Waiahole-Waikane community. Its population includes a predominant Part Hawaiian cultural background whose income is slightly above the state’s median socioeconomic level. The school’s staff, parents, and members of the community work in partnership towards achieving the school’s vision and mission.
The staff and teachers are steadfast in their commitment to promote college and career readiness. Students of Waiahole receive an array of rigorous learning experiences and enriching extra-curricular activities. Teachers work in close partnership with the Kamehameha Schools Literacy Instruction and Support Division to create preferred futures for Hawaiian children through literacy. As a result of the partnership with DOE and the Executive Office of Early Learning (EOEL), a new preschool class was opened at Waiahole to accommodate twenty four-year-olds in the Castle-Kahuku Complex Area. Various extra-curricular activities include participation in the Castle Performing Arts Program, ‘Ai Pono Garden Club, May Day, Turkey Trot, Windward Physical Fitness Meet, Castle Complex Leadership Camp, and Student Council.
Waiahole is a community of professional learners whose teachers are focused on supporting individualized student achievement and positive behavior. The school strives for excellence in heart and mind and in preparing students for successful futures.