Award Year: 2018

Kalihi Uka Elementary School

2411 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, HI, 96819-3762

(808) 305-6200

Ms. Laura Ahn, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Hawaii Department Of Education

School Website


KUES strives to produce well-rounded, resilient, positive-natured students who are contributing members of society by focusing on their academic, emotional, and social needs.

Student Demographics
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 18%
  • Asian: 58%
  • Two or more races: 14%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 42%
Kalihi Uka's Ohana in Action

Kalihi Uka's Ohana in Action

Kalihi Uka Elementary School is a small school located in the heart of Kalihi Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kalihi Uka students and staff exemplify the school vision of being EAGLES: Enthusiastic, Active, Growing, Learning, Engaged, and Successful.

Kalihi Uka's student population primarily comes from immigrant and low income families. The majority of incoming kindergarteners do not have preschool experience. School staff strive to address student needs through a variety of methods. Kalihi Uka realizes that it takes an "Ohana", to truly support each student's needs. All members of the school community, including students, work together to support learning. All faculty and staff members collaborate to create an environment safe for learning. Teachers utilize high yield instructional strategies that are designed to maximize growth. At a small school like Kalihi Uka, staff members take on additional roles to support students. Guests to the campus would see the custodian supervising student Campus Monitors before school, the health aide coaching Speech Festival students, and cafeteria workers quizzing lunch monitors.

Kalihi Uka's staff finds a way to connect with every student. All students matter and all students must show growth.