Located on the island of Oahu, Laie Elementary is situated on the scenic North Shore. Tropic breezes sweeping across the deep blue Pacific Ocean pass over the school grounds as they head toward the verdant Koolau Mountains.
A school steeped in tradition, Laie started off as an elementary school organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in 1895, staffed by church missionaries. It was located on a prominent hill just southeast of the "old Laie Chapel" and was called Latterday Saints Private School.
Church leaders decided to build a temple on the hill where the school was situated. In 1919, the school, consisting of 6 wooden buildings, was moved to its present location near Kamehameha Highway.
In 1927, the school was turned over to the Territory of Hawaii and became known as Laie Elementary School.
What are some interesting things you
can find at Laie Elementary?
How about...Traditions, our Neighborhood and Mayday.
Our school, located in the rural area
of Oahu, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu, still observes
many traditions that have lasted for years. We also have a student
population that demonstrates traditions of many cultures. With a
school that is situated in the neighborhood of the Polynesian Cultural
Center ("Hawaii's favorite visitor attraction" featuring 7 Pacific villages)
and is on a island that is considered a "melting pot" of cultures, it is
no surprise that the population of the school is so diverse. With
so many different cultures, traditions representive of each culture are
The North Shore of the island of Oahu
is famous for it's scenic beauty and popular surfing areas.
At Laie Elementary, you can see the Koolau Mountain range in the background
while the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean lies across the street.
Well known neighbors include the Hawaii campus of Brigham Young University,
or better known as BYUH, the Latter Day Saints Laie Temple and the world
renown Polynesian Cultural Center. It's a small neighborhood but
we all work together for the benefit of the community.
LDS Laie Temple
Every other year, Laie Elementary holds
their MayDay program at the Polynesian Cultural Center. No ordinary
program, this is a performance that will amaze the uninitiated viewer.
You will be impressed by the costumes and accessories used...and
the talent will sweep you off your feet. This performance is well
known throughout the area and many people take off that day just to see
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