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Pearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. Nakasonehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Nakasone-Performing-Arts-Center.aspxPearl City Cultural Center renamed for renowned band director Michael D. NakasoneThe Pearl City Cultural Center was renamed as the Michael D. Nakasone Performing Arts Center in recognition of the renowned band master's contributions to music education and band programs across the state.
[Updated 6/14] 82 public schools to offer summer meals to children ages 18 and youngerhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Summer-Meals.aspx[Updated 6/14] 82 public schools to offer summer meals to children ages 18 and youngerBeginning in early June, the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program will serve meals at select schools Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays, to ensure that children continue to receive balanced nutrition during the summer break.
Research-grade space observatory installed at Waipahu High School https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/space-observatory-installed-at-Waipahu-High-school.aspxResearch-grade space observatory installed at Waipahu High School Waipahu High School dedicated a new, research-grade space observatory to encourage the pursuit of STEM and be used by Early College astronomy students.
Roman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai visits schools for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Monthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kolohe-Kai-visits-schools.aspxRoman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai visits schools for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance MonthRoman de Peralta of Kolohe Kai was welcomed at a few select schools where he addressed the realities of bullying as well as youth mental health for Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Month.
Niu Valley Middle School’s principal named 2022 Principal of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Principal-of-the-Year.aspxNiu Valley Middle School’s principal named 2022 Principal of the YearNiu Valley Middle School’s Principal Laura Ahn was celebrated for her recent recognition as the state’s 2022 Principal of the Year by the Hawai‘i Association of Secondary School Administrators.
Mililani Middle School celebrates new classroom building and upcoming switch to single-track school yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Mililani-Middle-Building-Dedication.aspxMililani Middle School celebrates new classroom building and upcoming switch to single-track school yearMililani Middle School's new three-story Building J houses 15 classrooms to serve its 1,660 students and provides the expanded capacity needed to allow the school to adopt a single-track calendar in the upcoming 2022-23 school year.
Kealakehe High student named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholarhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kealakehe-High-student-named-2022-U.S.-Presidential-Scholar.aspxKealakehe High student named 2022 U.S. Presidential ScholarKealakehe High School senior Kea E. Kahoilua-Clebsch was announced as one of two Hawaii scholars in the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Pearl City High School band director inducted into national hall of famehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/PCHS-Bandmaster-hall-of-fame.aspxPearl City High School band director inducted into national hall of famePearl City High School’s Bandmaster Chadwick Kamei was recognized for his induction into the Hall of Fame, exclusive to only 65 bandmasters since 1982.
Second phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lead-Testing-Phase-II.aspxSecond phase of lead testing to assess drinking water at 72 public elementary schoolsIn cooperation with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH), HIDOE will begin testing drinking water sources for lead at 72 public elementary schools beginning in late May of 2022. This work is a continuation of an existing project which tested drinking water at 106 schools and child care facilities from May to December of 2021.
Waipahu Elementary principal named 2022 Hawai‘i National Distinguished Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waipahu-Elementary-principal-named-2022-Hawaii-National-Distinguished-Principal.aspxWaipahu Elementary principal named 2022 Hawai‘i National Distinguished PrincipalThe Hawai‘i Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association named Principal Aaron Tominaga of Waipahu Elementary as Hawai‘i’s 2022 National Distinguished Principal.
Kalani High School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawaii’s 2022 Teacher of Promisehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalani-High-School-teacher-named-Milken-Educators-of-Hawaii’s-2022-Teacher-of-Promise.aspxKalani High School teacher named Milken Educators of Hawaii’s 2022 Teacher of PromiseKalani High School math teacher Tristan Nguyen was honored with the 2022 Teacher of Promise award and a $2,000 cash prize.
Waikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principalhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Waikele-Elementary-leader-honored-as-a-2022-National-Outstanding-Assistant-Principal.aspxWaikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal​The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) announced Waikele Elementary’s Stacy Kawamura as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal.
Class of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies scheduledhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-graduations.aspxClass of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies scheduledPublic high school graduation ceremonies have been scheduled for the Class of 2022. Ceremony guidelines are being eased to reflect less restrictive COVID-19 health and safety requirements across the state, but certain restrictions will still apply to attendees.
72 HIDOE educators recognized for National Board Certificationhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/71-Hawai‘i-state-educators-recognized-for-National-Board-Certification.aspx72 HIDOE educators recognized for National Board CertificationSeventy-one public and charter school teachers were recognized for receiving or renewing their National Board Certification – the highest and most respected qualification for teachers in K-12 schools.
High school Class of 2021 college enrollment recovering from pandemichttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2021-college-enrollment.aspxHigh school Class of 2021 college enrollment recovering from pandemicHawaiʻi graduating high school seniors saw a small recovery of college-bound enrollment compared to the previous year, however the second year of the pandemic continued to hamper efforts to attend a post-secondary campus.
Outdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and officeshttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Outdoor-Masking-Changes.aspxOutdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and officesOutdoor masking at public school campuses and HIDOE facilities will be optional for students, faculty and staff, effective on Wednesday, Mar. 9.
Lunalilo Elementary welcomes special guests for Read Across America Dayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Lunalilo-El-Read-Across-America.aspxLunalilo Elementary welcomes special guests for Read Across America DayStudents of Lunalilo Elementary School were joined by community leaders to read together and talk about the importance of reading.
Kalihi Kai Elementary’s Michelle Iwasaki receives prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Prizehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Milken-Award.aspxKalihi Kai Elementary’s Michelle Iwasaki receives prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 PrizeMichelle Le Iwasaki, an academic coach at Kalihi Kai Elementary School has become the latest recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Kalihi Waena Elementary dedicates new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkwayhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalihi-Waena.aspxKalihi Waena Elementary dedicates new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkwayProud Kalihi Waena Elementary students and staff held a special tree-planting ceremony to dedicate its new new Alanui ‘Ohana ‘Ālani learning space and walkway.
HIDOE releases guidelines for in-person commencements for graduating class of 2022https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-commencement-guidelines.aspxHIDOE releases guidelines for in-person commencements for graduating class of 2022HIDOE released guidelines to allow for in-person school commencement and transition ceremonies that protect the health and safety of students, staff and families.
Kaiapuni Hawaiian immersion program expands to Kailua High Schoolhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/kaiapuniokailua.aspxKaiapuni Hawaiian immersion program expands to Kailua High SchoolKailua joins 21 other public schools that host the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, Ka Papahana Kaiapuni.
HIDOE students recognized with 36 awards during national STN media competitionhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-STN-student-media-awards.aspxHIDOE students recognized with 36 awards during national STN media competitionMoanalua High School and Maui Waena Intermediate School garnered the most prizes, winning nine awards and six awards, respectively.
Keʻelikōlani Middle School commemorates official renaming in honor of Princess Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa Keʻelikōlanihttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Keʻelikōlani-Middle-renaming.aspxKeʻelikōlani Middle School commemorates official renaming in honor of Princess Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa KeʻelikōlaniStudents, staff and community members commemorated the renaming of the former Central Middle School back to its original name honoring Princess Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa Keʻelikōlani in a ceremony celebrating her 196th birthday.
Pohakea Elementary School counselor named 2022 Hawai‘i Counselor of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-Hawaii-Counselor-of-the-Year.aspxPohakea Elementary School counselor named 2022 Hawai‘i Counselor of the YearPohakea Elementary School’s Nicole Blomberg was recently named 2022’s Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.
Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SFSP2022.aspxSponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program to provide meals for children during summer breakThe Summer Food Service Program is seeking sponsor organizations on all islands to help provide children in low-income communities with free meals during the summer months. The nutritious meals that help children to learn, play, and grow during the summer break when many schools are not in session.
HIDOE receives donation of 50,000 N95 masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific Healthhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HPH-mask-donation.aspxHIDOE receives donation of 50,000 N95 masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific HealthHIDOE today received a donation of 50,000 N95 face masks from Hawaiʻi Pacific Health to help protect students, teachers and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
HIDOE seeking public comments on the 2021-22 Addendum Template and State Amendment for the ESEA Consolidated State Plan due to COVID-19 https://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/public-comments-essa-addendum-amendment-feb-2022.aspxHIDOE seeking public comments on the 2021-22 Addendum Template and State Amendment for the ESEA Consolidated State Plan due to COVID-19 The Department is seeking public comments on its application for the 2021-22 school year proposed accountability addendum and amendment.
CCSSO Announces Finalists for 2022 National Teacher of the Yearhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2022-National-Teacher-of-the-Year-Finalists.aspxCCSSO Announces Finalists for 2022 National Teacher of the YearThe Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced that four exemplary educators from across the country are finalists for 2022 National Teacher of the Year.
HIDOE schools expected to resume in-person learning following winter breakhttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-schools-expected-to-resume-in-person-learning-following-winter-break-3.aspxHIDOE schools expected to resume in-person learning following winter breakWith the continued support and guidance from the state Department of Health, the Department remains committed to full in-person learning during the second semester that begins next week.
HIDOE and Marc and Lynne Benioff donate a combined $3 million to teachers’ classroom requests on DonorsChoosehttps://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/HIDOE-and-Benioffs-donate-combined-$3M-to-teachers-classroom-requests-on-DonorsChoose.aspxHIDOE and Marc and Lynne Benioff donate a combined $3 million to teachers’ classroom requests on DonorsChooseThe initiative has so far supported DonorsChoose projects created by 2,000 Hawai‘i teachers across 265 schools, with additional funding coming later this school year.

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