Award Year: 2020

Ernest Bowen DeSilva Elementary School

278 Ainako Avenue
Hilo, HI, 96720-1604

(808) 974-4855

Mr. Dennis R. O'Brien, Principal at time of Nomination

Hawaii Department of Education

School Website

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The EB deSilva teachers, administrators, parents, students, staff, and community share the responsibility to promote lifelong learning and excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 13%
  • Hispanic: 19%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 15%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Two or more races: 36%
Students creating video clips with local TV producers

Students creating video clips with local TV producers

E.B. deSilva Elementary, home of the Superbees, is a K-6 institution of about 460 students. Uniquely nestled on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, we are a school where long-lasting relationships are built. Superbees use technology to track academic growth, access online curriculums, and apply learning into authentic real-world situations. From chatting with Hokulea navigators to working with local television production crews, students work with each other and the community to put learning into practice. Aiding with these opportunities in the community are our highly active and prolific Parent Teacher Association, as well as our School Community Council. Both organizations provide a venue for parent involvement and help to support the school administration and staff. Through fundraising and input with our Academic Plan and budget, both groups help ensure our school is constantly improving. Our Edventure after-school program continues the opportunities for students in areas of STEM and community involvement. Students participate in robotics, art, ceramics, foreign language, dance, theatre, and more. These experiences form interests and community affiliations that students can carry with them into high school, college and beyond.

As a leading school within our complex, we are eager to share with others that which we have found to support student success. We are also open to learning from other schools. Superbee students, faculty, and families all take a great deal of pride in ensuring that E.B. deSilva continues to be a positive place to learn and grow for students.