Award Year: 2021

Maemae Elementary School

319 Wyllie Street
Honolulu, HI, 96817-1728

(808) 595-5400

Mr. Lenn Uyeda, Principal at time of Nomination

Hawaii Department Of Education

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Ma'ema'e School is committed to building a future of unlimited possibilities for all students.

Student Demographics
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 36%
  • Two or more races: 50%
Ma'ema'e Elementary School Courtyard

Ma'ema'e Elementary School Courtyard

The well-being of our Ma?ema?e Ohana is our first priority. We seek to provide best support the diverse academic, social-emotional, and health needs of our school community, but the pandemic brought many new challenges. Through our usual student-centered, collaborative effort, everything had to be rethought while sacrificing very few opportunities for students.

In March 2020, teachers quickly pivoted to virtual instruction. Devices were provided upon request along with tech support for all. We also conducted socially distanced learning material pickups. Administrators kept families informed with weekly video updates, helping to keep spirits high, while also planning for a safe return to school.

The 2020-21 school year continued with virtual instruction for the vast majority of our students. All students were given instruction in PE, Music, Library, CTE, and Hawaiiana. Those who opted into our independent, full Distance Learning (DL) program also received supplemental support in math and ELA.

We gradually welcomed students back to campus starting in November 2020 with many schedule and procedural adjustments to allow for social distancing, sanitation, and other needs. Our PTSA-purchased masks and face shields for all students and staff, parents built hand washing stations, provided ample hand sanitizer, seated students at the recommended social distance, and sanitized the entire campus throughout the day. By the fourth quarter, all students who were not in Distance Learning had returned to campus full-time.

The Ma'ema'e Ohana did its best to provide a safe learning experience during some of the most difficult times in our school history.