Award Year: 2014

Haleiwa Elementary School

66-505 Haleiwa Road
Haleiwa, HI, 96712-1526

(808) 637-8237

Ms. Malaea Wetzel, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School


School Website


Hale'iwa’s purpose...Inspiring all students to dream of compelling possibilities and develop the skills, knowledge and strength of character to bring those dreams to reality.

Student Demographics
  • White: 14%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 36%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 13%
  • ELL: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Big Buddy Mentors pose with their KinderBuddies

Big Buddy Mentors pose with their "KinderBuddies"

Hale`iwa Elementary School is a small school with a big heart. Located on the pristine North Shore of Oahu, Hale`iwa serves an ethnically diverse pre-kindergarten to grade 6 population of approximately 200 students. Sixty-five percent of the students are from economically disadvantaged homes. During the recent recession, the Hawaii Department of Education considered consolidating small schools into area schools as a cost reduction strategy. During SY 2009-10, Hale`iwa was targeted for consolidation. The school community rallied successfully to preclude consolidation through their focused and determined efforts and, most importantly, by significantly increasing academic achievement scores. By the end of SY 2009-10, students had attained 99% proficiency in math, the highest in the public school system, and 91% proficiency in reading. Despite the threat of consolidation, Hale'iwa’s teachers and students exceeded expectations and established a new reputation for academic excellence. It is the resilience, caring, and hard work of an incredible faculty and staff that lies at the heart of Hale'iwa’s students' success. The staff cultivates an environment that appreciates and values the social and emotional well being of students because they believe that such a nurturing culture is the foundation for developing academically successful students. It is clear that Hale`iwa is inclusive, practices mutual respect, and focuses on learning. Hale`iwa Elementary truly is a special place to be.