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Kilohana Elementary School

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Kilohana School’s roots may be traced back to Kaluaaha on the southern coast of the eastern end of Molokai, where missionaries established Kaluaaha School.  In 1935, with the closing of the school, students were transferred to a site that is the former Ualapue Hospital.  It was then renamed Kilohana Elementary and Intermediate School.  In 1968, grades seven to ten became part of the Molokai High and Intermediate School.The school is located on the southern coast of the eastern end of Molokai. The geographical region the school serves extends from Kapuaokoolau to Halawa Valley. Kapuaokoolau is seven miles west of the school, while Halawa Valley is thirteen miles to the east.

The Kilohana District consists primarily of ranching, fishing, and agriculture. Many of the residents commute to work to the various parts of the island, while some residents commute to Maui daily on the ferry. Many other families have started their own small businesses whether it is providing services like yard work or housekeeping or selling the products that they produce.

Kilohana School's student population is unique in regards to the public schools in Hawaii. About 80% of the student body is Hawaiian or part Hawaiian. Due to the multi-generational attendance of families at Kilohana, there is a deep sense of tradition and involvement in school activities.

Kilohana’s instructional organization is composed of self-contained classrooms (Kindergarten to sixth grade).  Kilohana functions under an inclusion model in order to meet the needs of all students (Special Needs, Gifted/Talented (GT), and potentially Gifted/Talented (PGT) students) in the context of the general education classroom.  Special needs students are educated in their general education classrooms for most of the day.  The general education classroom teachers are the primary teachers who team with a Special Education teacher and the Reading Coach to meet students' needs.  These teams collaboratively meet to monitor student progress/needs and discuss curriculum and instruction.  With this model, teachers are able to address individual students' needs by deciding on remediation, differentiating and compacting instruction.  Hawaiian Studies instruction is enriched by a Kupuna who serves grades K-6 on a weekly basis.  Computer literacy is integrated into the curriculum both in the classroom and in the computer laboratory.  The use of technology is seamless and is an integral part of instruction and learning.

At Kilohana, recognizing the needs and expectations of our students are of continuing importance because we believe that the education of a child is not limited to experiences in school.  Therefore, education includes the experiences beyond the school environment and the manner or degree to which these effect the child’s thinking, attitudes and behavior.  To do our best for our students regarding their learning, growth and well being, we need to be cognizant of their changing needs.  We continuously collaborate with the home, community, and social agencies to strengthen student instruction. 

A sense of place exudes in the people and the climate of Kilohana School.  Belonging, caring, and supporting are integral attributes to the learning community.  The spirit of working together filters through all activities and events among teachers, staff, students and parents.  Kilohana School is literally and symbolically the place for sharing and learning.  It is a place where each person thrives with pride.  The elements of people, processes, place, program, and pride are the strengths of Kilohana School.

As noted in the 1996-97 Blue Ribbon School ceremonies in Honolulu:  “This school (Kilohana) challenges students to be all that they can be.  Every classroom is linked to the Internet.  There is team teaching and collaborative planning.  This school has ‘leveled the playing field’ through full inclusion of children with special needs and supports teaching and learning with warm, caring adults in all classrooms.  In our small state, on a little island, there’s a tiny school with a big ‘Can Do’ attitude.”