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 Ka'a'awa Elementary

​​About this school

Ka'a'awa Elementary School (KES) was established in 1904 on 3.7 acres donated by Julie Judd Swanzy (Kualoa Ranch) and is located on the windward coast of Oahu in the rural town of Ka'a'awa. KES is one of the smallest schools in the state with only 126 students with only one class for each grade level. KES serves Kindergarten through sixth grade families from Kualoa to Punalu'u. KES is a member of the Kahuku Complex and our students, upon promotion to seventh grade, attend Kahuku High and Intermediate School. KES has after-school programs thanks to the 21st Century Grant and works with community partners such as Kualoa Ranch and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hawaii. KES also has an active School Community Council (SCC) and Parent/Teacher Ohana (PTO). 

KES’s teachers develop standards-based curricula, employ scientifically proven instructional methods, and use the following programs: Success for All as the primary reading program, Stepping Stones for math in kindergarten to fifth grade, GoMath for math and Springboard for language arts for sixth grade. 

KES is working on becoming a “Light House” school in The Leader in Me program (TLIM). TLIM has helped students, faculty and staff to be leaders in every way. Students help run and lead the school. They promote The Seven Habits, at home and at school, make proactive choices and synergize together to come up with win-win situations.

Academic plan & financial plan

Prior financial plans: 2022-23 | 2021-22 | 2020-212019-20

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Prior reports: 2020-21 | 2019-20 | 2018-192017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16 | 2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2012-13

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School Info

Official School Name:
Kaaawa Elementary

Jennifer Luke-Payne

51-296 Kamehameha Highway
Kaaawa, Hawaii 96730



Kaaawa Elementary

School Type:
Elementary School

Grade Levels:
kindergarten; 1st grade; 2nd grade; 3rd grade; 4th grade; 5th grade; 6th grade