Award Year: 2013

Blanche Pope Elementary School

41-133 Huli Street
Waimanalo, HI, 96795-1714

(808) 259-0450

Todd Watanabe, Principal at time of Nomination

Windward Oahu District

School Website


Students develop the confidence to succeed through perseverance and hard work; becoming problem-solvers and critical thinkers, making a difference through care and concern for others.

Student Demographics
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 86%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Blanche Pope Elementary is a small, rural school located on Hawaiian Homestead land in beautiful Waimanalo, Hawaii. We serve students in Pre-K (special needs) through the sixth grade and offer Na Pono No Na Ohana, a comprehensive family education program whose goal is to improve social, economic, and educational opportunities for families. Our goal is to develop the “whole child”, academically and socially.

We have embraced a collaborative, continuous improvement process dating back to 1993 when the school elected to become an Accelerated School. The entire faculty continues to participate in committees to address attendance, behavior, leadership, mentoring and service. Adopted in 2008, Professional Learning Teams, PLTs, through collaboration, vertical articulation and shared decision making based on data, ensure that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards. A 2010 District Instructional Learning Team (ILT) initiative established our current ILT/PLT structure with a focus on adopting school-wide powerful instructional practices. Our School Community Council, consisting of school, family and community partners, provides an avenue to receive input and share decisions.

We are a culturally responsive school where Hawaiian culture and values are woven throughout our curriculum. Through mentoring in grade-level meetings (Hui), we are addressing character development. Our school-wide Behavioral Matrix is based on the Hawaiian principles of Pono – doing what is right at all times. Hawaiian Studies in grades K-3 address Hawaiian culture and language instruction. Ho’ike is a day dedicated to song and dance honoring our ancestors and our culture.

Families participate in engagement activities, book fairs, winter songfest, reading and math celebrations, and quarterly awards assemblies.