Award Year: 2013

Nuuanu Elementary School

3055 Puiwa Lane
Honolulu, HI, 96817-1126

(808) 595-5422

James Toyooka, Principal at time of Nomination


School Website


We strive to develop and nurture the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of all students to use information wisely, adapt to change and pursue lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 14%
  • Asian: 59%
  • Two or more races: 13%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Nu’uanu Elementary School first opened its doors in 1960 to address the bursting enrollment at a nearby elementary school. Situated in a valley where Hawaiian royalty once roamed, the school is bordered by serene forest reserves and sweeping views of Honolulu Harbor in the distance. Nu’uanu School’s central location provides an opportunity for families from all areas of Oahu to attend an outstanding school that is in close proximity to downtown Honolulu.

Our school vision “We are Learners for Life” is believed and practiced by everyone. Students participate in non-academic service learning projects such as Student Council, Peer Mediation, Technology Club, Lego Robotics and Junior Police Officers (JPO). After school programs being offered include arts and craft, chorus, dancing, golf, tennis, and Lego building activities. The faculty and staff help children develop their academic knowledge, behavioral, social skills, and attitudes in order to prepare them to live as contributing citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Nu'uanu School is fortunate to receive support from its parent-teacher organization, Aikane O Nu'uanu.

In partnership with faculty and staff members, Nu'uanu parents are often the driving force behind innovative ideas within classrooms or the larger school community. All activities bond families together as their children progress through the grades thus creating the positive energy that makes Nu'uanu School a vibrant, comfortable and safe haven for learning to take place.

It is Nu'uanu’s School’s mission to develop and nurture the knowledge, skills, technological, and critical thinking capabilities of all our students so that they are able to use information wisely, adapt to change quickly and efficiently, pursue lifelong learning, and become successful in what they choose to be.