Award Year: 2016

Helemano Elementary School

1001 Ihi Ihi Avenue
Wahiawa, HI, 96786-1225

(808) 622-6336

Mr. Ernest Muh, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Hawaii (Central)

School Website


Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment, develop partnerships between all stakeholders, provide students appropriate learning opportunities to think, create, and succeed.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 16%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 13%
  • Asian: 42%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Helemano's inspiration stems from our diverse multi-cultural student population.

Helemano's inspiration stems from our diverse multi-cultural student population.

Helemano Elementary School has a humble pineapple plantation heritage and was first established in 1957. Located in Wahiawa, Hawaii, within the central upland plateau of O'ahu, Whitmore Village was established as a place of residence for the plantation employees of the Dole Pineapple Company. The initial enrollment of 270 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade has grown to the present enrollment of over 620 students in grades preschool through fifth grade.

Our vision is to ensure all of our students achieve to their highest potential. We want our students to excel academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. We support their achievement by providing a safe and caring environment; developing partnerships between parents, teachers, students, and the community; and providing our students with appropriate and differentiated learning opportunities.

By utilizing our resources and committing ourselves to the well-being of our students, we have witnessed their growth and success. We have developed strong collaborative partnerships with our parents, community, and the military. Our achievements are a result of purposeful goal-setting, differentiated instruction, and effective professional learning communities. With an emphasis on developing the whole child, we provide opportunities for students to embrace not only the core subjects, but also the fine arts, physical education, music, and social and emotional learning.

Our goal is to build upon our students' success as we continue our efforts so that they will be prepared for a bright future. The collaborative environment we have created is one where all students maximize their learning and growth for life.