The Kaiapuni program is an integral part of Waiau Elementary School. It is not considered a separate school. Our school campus provides opportunities for students to develop and thrive in both English and in Hawaiian. Teachers and students work together to fulfill our school’s vision, mission and core values.
Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Waiau has continuously provided quality education through the medium of the Hawaiian language. We strive to offer curriculum through educational approaches that are consistent with what our kupuna did and are in line with the current research on education and language acquisition. The program goals are to:
Key components to our program include:
• Long-term commitment between the student, teacher, family, and school community.
• Kindergarten through Grade 4 classrooms are Hawaiian Language only environments.
• Formal English instruction begins in Grade 5.
• Participation in resource classes and co-curricular activities are available to ALL students: Music, P.E., library, technology, guidance, field trips, chorus, ʻukulele, violn, track team, basketball team, robotics, and media club.
Student success depends heavily on family involvement. Parents must believe in and commit to the Kaiapuni philosophy. The following are suggestions for parents: