Award Year: 2018

Pauoa Elementary School

2301 Pauoa Road
Honolulu, HI, 96813-1301

(808) 587-4500

Mr. Dale Arakaki, Principal at time of Nomination

Hawaii Department of Education

School Website


Pauoa Elementary School educates and nurtures resilient keiki (children) to sustain and improve the quality of life in the Pauoa community and the global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 30%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Two or more races: 20%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 36%
Pauoa Elementary, A special place to learn and grow!

Pauoa Elementary, "A special place to learn and grow!"

Pauoa Elementary School is the third oldest elementary school in the state of Hawaii. It is located on the island of Oahu tucked away in downtown Honolulu alongside Punchbowl. We have approximately 292 students k-5. Over the last five years, Pauoa Elementary School has built a school design based on trust, transparency and grit that makes our school high achieving and one of the lowest gap in the state of Hawaii. We have incorporated five powerful practices and actions that led to significant gains in achievement, a learning environment that students thrive in, and a collaborative, laser focused, data driven, professional learning community that focuses on positive growth for all students that meets students' academic, social and emotional needs.

Pauoa Elementary School's message, "Believe to Achieve! Stand up! Be heard! Let's excel now!" permeates throughout our school community. The faculty and staff work extremely hard to support one another and do whatever it takes for all students to learn and succeed. School wide activities promote positive relationships by welcoming the entire school community to the Pauoa "Ohana" or Pauoa family. An activity that brings our school community together through music and hula is Mele on the Lawn. Other popular activities are pumpkin carving, Pauoa Camp and Pauoa Fitness Challenge.

At Pauoa Elementary School the words we live by are "Pride, Responsibility, and Heart," words that define Pauoa as a special place that produces exceptional citizens who contribute to our school community and the global society at large.