Award Year: 2015

Ka`elepulu Elementary School

530 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI, 96734-3938

(808) 266-7811

Mr. Jamie M Dela Cruz, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Windward Oahu

School Website


Establish a safe and educational environment for every student to be a successful 21st century learner in order to be career and college ready.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 41%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 26%
  • Asian: 27%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students think critically as they practice philosophical questioning through p4c.

Students think critically as they practice philosophical questioning through p4c.

Ka`elepulu Elementary School, home of the Ladybugs, is located in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. We provide a caring, nurturing, and positive learning environment for approximately 197 students. Our school is diverse: thirty-seven-percent of students live outside of our geographic boundaries and attend our school by choice.
Ka`elepulu is a physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe learning environment. We hold our students to high expectations, supported by strong relationships and positive peer connections. The school, parents, and community support students to be socially capable, emotionally intelligent, and culturally competent. School culture and climate is enhanced by implementing the 16 Habits of Mind, Philosophy for Children, and positive behavioral support strategies. Everyday, at the start of school our students recite our school pledge: I will pursue excellence. I will work as a team with my classmates and teachers. I am a lifelong learner. Success begins with me. All school community members collaborate to support each other in learning, developing, and striving for excellence through mindfulness.
This mindfulness has helped us to attain the qualities it takes to be a person who is aware of their thinking and why it is important to monitor ones thoughts and actions.
Through dynamic instruction, creative partnerships, and exceptional support, we foster opportunities for each student to build a legacy of success. Ka`elepulu is one of 15 schools ranked by the Strive HI rating system as a Recognition School. Moreover, our school is recognized as both a High Achieving and High Performing School.