Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Guardians, Community Members and Students:

Welcome to the opening of the 2020-2021 school year! I hope your summer was relaxing and that you had time to spend with family and friends. We are excited as we enter into another school year filled with opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and have fun! Due to COVID-19, our opening of school will look very different. We have crafted a schedule that will allow our campus to be safe for everyone.

We would like to welcome our newest members to the Dragon Ohana.

Vice Principals: Mr. Carrasco and Mr. Hamilton

Grade 1 Teacher: Ms. L. Kakimoto

Grade 2 Teacher: Ms. A. Espinda

ELL/RtI Teacher: Ms. D. Simpson

Iliahi’s motto is “E holomua na pua’o Iliahi” or “Go forward children of Iliahi.” Our expectation is to ensure that each student has an opportunity learn and grow toward becoming a productive citizen in today’s global society, while maintaining a healthy learning environment that will leave your child excited to be a part of each day.

Our faculty and staff are excited for the journey ahead and we encourage you to get involved in your child’s learning experience. Your involvement plays a significant role in your child’s success. We have many opportunities around school and even out of your home to volunteer.

Additionally, you can help your child succeed this school year by:

Read and go over with your child(ren) our Parent-Student Handbook

Make sure your child is in school on time*.

Refer to the website for modified school calendar and hours. Please check Iliahi Elementary School's website frequently for current school information, as things may change often and unexpectedly.

*Students are labeled chronically absent in Hawaii if they miss 15 or more days of school for any reason.

As a way to promote Iliahi spirit and pride we have adopted colors for students to wear throughout the week. While participation is not mandatory, it is encouraged. Colors are assigned as follows:

MONDAYS: Purple day to represent Purple Hand Pledge

TUESDAYS: Blue or Iliahi school shirt day

WEDNESDAYS: Any college shirt day to represent college and career awareness

THURSDAYS: Red day to support drug awareness & prevention

FRIDAYS: Green and gold to show our support as many of our students will be future Leilehua High School students

Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, please ensure your child leaves campus directly following release from school. Exceptions would be if he/she is enrolled in Kama`aina Kids After school Program, or participating in other school activities where previous arrangements have been made for them to stay. Playing in the City and County park and playground, and on the equipment before and after school is discouraged, as there is no adult supervision provided in these areas. Playground areas on school property is off-limits outside of school hours.

Provide extra assistance at home with your child’s school work. Take time to help encourage your child in his/her studies. The effort invested in your child’s education is key to them becoming life-long learners.

Communicate with your child’s teacher about his/her academic and behavior progress through google classroom, email or by telephone.

Extra-curricular activities such as Wake Up Iliahi (K-5), Crazy 8 Math Club, Dance Club (DC Hui), Ukulele Club (Na Kamali`i O Iliahi), Robotics (Gr. 4-5), Coding (Gr. 2-3), and much more are currently on hold until further notice. Look for activity announcements in your child’s daily “take home” packet.

When available on Webex, be a part of the Iliahi Dragon team by attending grade level parent days and parent meetings; join the PTA, SCC and volunteer for school functions; join us for open assemblies and events; and help your child be the best Dragon he/she can be.

Should you need any information, please contact our school at 622-6411.

We remain committed to Inspire, Engage and be Student-Centered in all that we do. Once again, welcome and I look forward to working with you and your child(ren).


Garett Yukumoto, Principal