Quotes from DOE Success Stories:
“The climate of the school is, ‘We can always do better,’” said Elliott
“It’s a constant process. I’m personally very proud of the work,
but there’s no celebrating. We’ve got more work to do.”
Read full feature: Climbing a mountain in Upcountry Maui paying off at King Kekaulike


Aloha Kekaulike Ohana,

On behalf of all of our very hardworking and dedicated team at Kekaulike, I would like to wish our
Community a happy and healthy Winter Break!

It just doesn't seem possible that half of our school year has passed and that come the first days of 2018, we will begin our downhill push towards commencement and the conclusion of another year of learning opportunities for our underclasses... The time seems to have passed at warp speed, and it's hard to fathom where all of the time has gone. 

What is clear, is that our students, parents, families and our entire staff have worked extraordinarily hard and we've earned a break from all of our critically important efforts towards our kids' futures. It is an incredible privilege to be a part of our Kekaulike Learning Ohana and I feel that as we celebrate the season with family and friends, it is important to celebrate the hard work being done as well: hat's off and a flourishing bow to everyone!

Let's take a breath, rest easy for a moment, reflect on a job well done (but not finished!) and recharge for the finishing sprint to come!

Mahalo for all that you do for Kekaulike, 

Mark Elliott
King Kekaulike High School


        Mahalo June Kaneshiro! 

      Mahalo June Kaneshiro! 

Aloha Kekaulike Ohana,

Wow! That was fast: First Quarter of the 2017/2018 School Year has now come and gone and it seems like only yesterday that we were flush with the excitement of the First Day of School! As we move into our well-earned Fall Break (and our students and staff have worked especially hard this year!) I wanted to share a couple of updates:

We have a new Parent/Community/Network Coordinator (PCNC) in Ocean Zbiciak, who is now captaining our communications and networking efforts at Kekaulike. She will be keeping you informed of all of our various events, deadlines, activities and initiatives through a variety of formats, including this newsletter. Ocean joins us with an extensive background in communications, graphics and advertising and community outreach, and we are thrilled to have her on our team. You can contact her here:
(808) 727-3517 or email

You'll be hearing a LOT more from Ocean from now on, but I do want to look back for a moment and celebrate one of Kekaulike's all time greatest contributors. It was with great sadness and trepidation that I accepted Ms. June Kaneshiro's notice to me that she was retiring last Spring. I have been involved with Kekaulike on and off since somewhere around 1997, and I truly can't remember a day that was spent here without June's positive, enthusiastic presence... June has worn many hats and performed many exemplary tasks at Kekaulike, first and foremost being her diligence in keeping us all informed. What many didn't see was June's absolute commitment to our students in the form of relentlessly accumulating and then dispersing school supplies, life supplies — so many of the things that kids and teachers need in order to survive in a school environment. No kid in need went without if June knew about it and she never sat waiting — she went out to our students always looking to help them. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have trouble envisioning a Kekaulike High School without June Kaneshiro... She made us a better, more caring, more informed place. 

All of us hope June has the best retirement ever! I personally KNOW that June is going to have a happy, healthy retirement from Kekaulike (I know she's never going to stop working at something) because she's so good at everything she does and, June, if you're reading this: I'm SO sorry for all of the times I made you wait for my own entry to all of those newsletters you so excellently assembled! If it makes you feel any better, Ocean is waiting WAY past deadline for this entry...

Update #2: We've been blessed to have College Counselor Lyle Irimata on loan from the University of Hawaii Maui Campus and college counseling- trained Jackie Zambrano — both are working very hard with our students in searching for student and college/university matches, application processes and requirements, and scholarship opportunities.  

They welcome inquiries from parents and would like everyone to encourage their Kekaulike student(s) no matter what grade level to stop by the College Counseling Office (F-204) to learn more about what could await them. We of Kekaulike believe that ALL students should explore some form of post-high school education and/or learning opportunity, and there are so many different forms and venues for learning after Kekaulike. We also believe that one can NEVER start too soon in exploring post secondary options and opportunities! A well planned program goes a long ways towards saving money and most important, finding the best match for our students as they pursue their careers and dreams.

Update # 3: Our new Performing Arts Center is coming into the home stretch now... The luxurious seats have been installed and much of the detailed technology is in place. Every day it seems like there's a big jump towards completion and I want to share that it is quite magnificent. There appears to not be a bad seat in the house and the sheer size of the stage area is a thing to behold. I know I'll be chicken skin and teary-eyed when our kids take over. I don't want to commit to a specific opening date, as Murphy's Law always seems to be the bridesmaid to all large scale construction projects of this nature, but I do want to share that we're GETTING THERE!

Mahalo for Your Support of our School,

Mark (the Principal)