Award Year: 2019

Waialua Elementary School

67-020 Waialua Beach Road
Waialua, HI, 96791-9608

(808) 307-2600

Mr. Scott Moore, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Hawaii Department of Education

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Our mission is to empower & challenge students to gain the skills, knowledge, and habits that will enable them to become responsible and effective leaders.

Student Demographics
  • White: 19%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 37%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 32%
Waialua Elementary May Day Program Performance

Waialua Elementary May Day Program Performance

Waialua Elementary School is a rural school on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Our school was established in 1966 to serve the children of sugar plantation workers. The sugar plantation has long since closed, but the cultural legacy of that time and those workers lives on at Waialua Elementary School. The values of plantation life include humility, hard work, Ohana (family), and an emphasis on results. Plantation workers had to pull together to get the harvest in. No excuses. Those same values resonate at Waialua Elementary School today.

This is our second National Blue Ribbon award in the last ten years. We have earned this honor by balancing student needs, embracing data, and constantly seeking ways to improve. Waialua Elementary has a culture of nurturing support and accountability. We are a Title I school that invests significantly in technology, web based curriculum, and tutoring applications, along with extra adults in the classroom to support small group instruction and real time interventions. These supports are balanced by a culture of accountability, where every student and teacher knows grade level learning targets and achievement criteria and both are provided regular assessment data to see where they stand.

Waialua Elementary values students' personal competence as well as their social and academic success. We teach students the Hawaiian Culture and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." We focus on core curriculum and give our students the opportunity to participate in interest based and project based academies, like media, Tahitian Dance, woodworking, hydroponics, and more. We use the old plantation values to support the success of our students every day. No excuses.