Main School Contacts

  • Principal –  Lydia Trinidad
  • Vice Principal –  Loretta Sherwood-Labrador
  • School Administrative Assistant –  Rochelle Borden
  • Registrar –  Carmen Augustiro
  • Bus and Meal Clerk –  Fiona Benjamin

Our School Mission

Kualapu’u School’s mission is to build a strong foundation for life long learning so with proper nurturing our keiki will be able to discover and grow, develop skills and confidence and like the ‘uala, withstand adversity and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Our Dual Visions

English Speaking Program

Students from Kualapu`u School will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the Common Core State Standards
  • Learn in a safe and positive environment that promotes
    Hawaiian and other cultural values; and
  • Be instructed using research and standards based curriculum

Hawaiian Language Immersion Program

Students from Kula Kaiapuni o Kualapu`u will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the Common Core
    State Standards
  • Learn in a safe and positive environment
    embedded in Hawaiian cultural values,
    protocols, and language; and
  • Be proficient in the Hawaiian language
    through culturally appropriate and research­‐based instructional practices

Bell Schedule

  • 7:00- 7:35am    Breakfast Service 
  • 7:40 am  Student Warning Bell  
  • 7:45 a.m.School begins; Morning Piko in front courtyard 
  • Morning Break  10:00­‐10:15am 
  • Lunch 
    • 11:00­‐11:30am        Lunch for K­‐2  
    • 11:30­‐12:00pm   Lunch for 3­‐4  
    • 12:00­‐12:30pm  Lunch for 5­‐6 
  • Afternoon Break 
    • 1:00­‐1:15 pm Afternoon Break
  • Student Dismissal –Regular School Day 
    • 2:45 pmStudent Dismissal Bell
    • 2:50 pm Bus Release Warning Bell
    • 2:51 pm Bus Release 
  • Student Dismissal ­‐ Early Release Days
    (One Wednesday Per Month  see calendar)

    • 12:30 pm Student Dismissal Bell
    • 12:35 pm Bus Release Warning Bell
    • 12:36 pm Bus Release 


The school can receive cash, check, and credit card payments for various activities (meals, shirts, yearbooks, fundraisers, bookfair, donations, etc.) Payments/Checks are to be made to Kualapu`u School. The office staff will write a receipt for any payments received. Please ask for a receipt for any payments made to the school. For cash payments, the school would appreciate that exact cash be given as the school has a limited petty cash fund.


Parents often want to celebrate their child’s birthday in school by bringing in treats on the special day. If you are considering this for your child, please help with the following:

  • Please contact your child’s teacher at least one week in advance so the birthday activity can be appropriately planned for the day and not interfere with instruction.
  • Some children might have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Please consider bringing alternative snacks that do not have nuts, are low sugar and low salt, for example.
  • Parents are highly encouraged to bring fruits, vegetables or books in lieu of cookies, chips and candies etc.
  • If you are unsure about what might be appropriate for your child’s class, please contact your child’s teacher.

Student Misconduct and Discipline – Chapter 19

The following offenses apply to the school campus, school transportation or other school-sponsored activities or events on or off campus. Class A and B offenses are serious offenses that will be referred directly to the office with a discipline referral form (DIR). Class C and D offenses will be dealt with in the classroom first and documented (first two incidents). The third C and D offense may be referred to the office with a DIR. The administration has discretionary power to determine consequences of a student’s behavior and will consider the intention of the offender, the nature and severity of the offense, the impact of the offense on others, the age of the offender, and if the offender was a repeat offender. Consequences may include but are not limited to student and/or parent conference, loss of privileges, time in office, crisis removal, restitution, detention, suspension, and dismissal. A complete description of Chapter 19 updates and definitions of offenses may be obtained at available at


As a Public Conversion Charter School, Kualapu’u School is a state, public school following all state and federal regulations. Our State School Board is the State Board of Education. Our local School Board is the Ho’okako’o Board of Directors. This is a non­‐ profit organization made up of business, community and educational members.  On the school level, we have theKualapu’u School Local Advisory Panel. The LAP’s role is to advise Ho’okako’o and the school principal on school policy and issues. The LAP is made of representatives from parents, community teachers, support staff, student council and administration. For more information about charter schools, you may contact the State Public Charter School Commission.

State Public Charter School Commission:
1111 Bishop Street, Suite 516 Honolulu, HI 96813
[email protected]
Tel: 808­‐586­‐3775
Fax: 808­‐586­‐3776

If you have a complaint or concern regarding Kualapu’u School, you may contact Ho’okako’o Corporation.
Ho’okako’o Corporation Contact Information: David Gibson, Executive Director
Ho’okako’o Corporation, PO BOX 11685 Honolulu, HI 96828 808­‐983­‐3830

For more and more complete information, please review our Student-Parent Handbook