Award Year: 2019

Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School

825 Manzelman Circle
Honolulu, HI, 96818-4799

(808) 307-4600

Ms. Alisa Ann Estrella Bender, Principal at time of Nomination

Hawaii Department Of Education

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Our purpose is to nurture the whole-child by providing a loving learning environment and world-class education that empowers students to gain the skills, attitudes, and dispositions so each child can strive to reach their highest potential. Our Vision: We commit to providing a positive learning community that will inspire leaders for tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 17%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 12%
Discovering Leadership and Learning as Engineers

Discovering Leadership and Learning as Engineers

Hickam Elementary School students and learning successes happen because of the heart of our school design: values-infused leadership.

With a 99 percent military-impacted enrollment, we know that one of the biggest challenges military children face is integration into new communities and schools. In addition, we welcome roughly 200 students and say good bye to another 200 students in any given school year. We've developed a high-quality transition center and student-led welcome program. We quickly establish a sense of aloha and belonging into our school "ohana" or family. Then, students can concentrate on academics, knowing they already have friends who can share in their stress and help in times of confusion with a warm and tender hand. We believe in our transition mission that starts with "Malama I Na Haumana" or "Caring for our Students."

Furthermore, we believe in quick responses in knowing our students; we screen and frequently formative assess students to ensure we are discussing best instructional strategies to address, monitor and determine next steps for academic and social-emotional needs. We know our students, and we act to ensure our students achieve our high expectations for college, career, and community-readiness.

Simultaneously, when our students and community advocated for growing leadership skills, we intentionally established a culture of empowered leaders. We envision our students becoming the architects of the future and the leaders of tomorrow that we need. Principal Alisa Bender said, "With our strong and courageous values, we have modeled and developed leaders by knowing, loving, and inspiring them."