Principal Message 

Regarding 2nd Quarter Plans

Grab-and-Go Meal

to run from Oct. 12 - Dec. 18

Principal Message 

Regarding Grab-and-Go Meals

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Ka Wa`a

`Ohana & Community Bulletin

September and October Issues

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Keaukaha Elementary Drive Thru meals starting Oct. 12, 2020

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Messages From Kumu Bello

September 15, 2020

Aloha Families! Great news. Please read this letter carefully regarding school meals and an alternate feeding site. You can email me at if interested. Please include your child's name & alternate CEP site. This will go into effect on Monday, Sept 21. Mahalo!

August 31, 2020

Announcement: The state DOE has announced the extension of Distance Learning for schools until the end of the 1st quarter, October 2, 2020. Please continue to work closely with your child's teacher & thank you for being our partner in this new virtual journey. Stay safe!

August 15, 2020

Aloha!  Thank you for your patience!  We received good news yesterday so we are moving forward as planned! :)

PACKET/FORMS/DEVICE PICKUP has been rescheduled for MONDAY, August 17,

from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 


Pickup locations remain the same as they were originally planned:

Gr. 1 = Pua Ave

Preschool, Kinder & Gr. 2 = Desha Ave/Front entrance;

Gr. 3, 4, 5, 6 = Gym Parking lot. 

Should you have any questions, please contact your childʻs teacher or email me at

Continue to stay safe and MAHALO for your support!

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Kumu Belloʻs Letter to Parents regarding Devices

Damage Device Waiver From

(parent must have completed form with them or they may complete a form at pick up)

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August 14, 2020


Aloha Families,


I wanted to share some important information with you now that all of our Keaukaha Elementary students are moving to Distance Learning.


The first week of school is a very critical time as it is dedicated to: 

  • learning the new rituals and routines, 

  • learning about each other, 

  • building a classroom community, and

  • developing strong relationships between teacher and students. 

This is even more important in our new online learning environment, especially with the addition of:

  • expectations in a virtual class, 

  • sharing new class schedules, and 

  • understanding new learning platforms online.

Therefore, during the first week of school, August 17-20, all teachers will focus on those areas I mentioned above. They are building a school ‘ohana and making sure everyone is on the same page!


Beginning the 2nd week of school, August 24, students will begin their work on our new distance learning platform called Acellus. By that time, all student devices should have been distributed to those who requested one. Acellus is a new program for us, but one that I’m very excited about. This program offers all four core areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies and students are able to access it at all times to continue their learning on their own. Electives will also be made available for students. A parent orientation video will be shared with you after the weekend to familiarize yourself with this new program and a student orientation video is also available.


Classroom teachers will share a weekly schedule with their students (and you), as well as review all expectations for attendance. We understand that there may be times when attending may be difficult due to schedule conflicts, but please make every attempt to help your child participate in all areas set by his or her teacher. And most importantly, please stay in communication with your child’s teacher on any concerns you have that could impact your child’s participation with the class.


Lastly, please help us by reminding students that Monday-Friday is still a school day. Their learning location may be different, but it is still school. Uniforms will still be expected Monday – Thursday (Friday-Free Dress Day) so they need to make sure they put on their shirt before their class begins. Teachers will review other expectations as well..


Packet and device pickup will be scheduled soon. We are still in “waiting” mode. :(

More to come…. Again, MAHALO for your patience!!

We appreciate you!

Kumu Bello

Keaukaha Elementary ANNOUNCEMENTS for 2020-21 


August 11, 2020

The Hawai'i State Department of Education announced today that it will continue the Learn from Home phase of distance learning for most students statewide through the first quarter, which ends Oct. 2.

Ahead of the Aug. 17 return of students for the 2020-21 school year, the Department announced most schools would shift the majority of instruction to distance learning for at least the first four weeks of the academic year. This extends that by three weeks for the remainder of the first quarter.

The extension applies to all O'ahu schools and most neighbor island schools. Hāna High & Elementary School on Maui and Kilohana Elementary, Maunaloa Elementary and Moloka'i Middle schools on Moloka'i will continue their current models. Update: Kaunakakai Elementary and Moloka‘i High plan to implement distance learning until Sept. 8.

During the Learn from Home phase, schools will continue offering learning hubs on campus to provide connectivity for students who need it. Schools will also continue educational programming for vulnerable students as previously identified.

Complex area superintendents will work with school principals to develop transition plans for the second quarter, with considerations for community-specific needs.

The Department will continue to work closely with state, county and health officials to assess if and when students can safely return to in-person blended learning models. As decisions are made, schools will communicate with families.

SY 2020-2021

ʻohana hanDbook

Information for the upcoming school year


SY 2020-2021

Keaukaha Reopening Plan

Complete Information about Reopening

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Visitor Count


Elementary School

E Komo Mai


May 7 - 11, 2018

Important information

In order to support our families at home, please use these additional resources.  


October Breakfast Menu

October  Lunch Menu

Please understand that the menu may be subjected to changes. 

Registration for kindergarten enrollment remains open! Please be sure to register your child as soon as possible since this will help us in our planning for next school year. As a reminder, children must be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2020 in order to register for Kindergarten next year. Please contact our school office THRU EMAIL should you have any questions about our kindergarten enrollment process or stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am – 3 pm to pick up a registration packet. Please wear a mask if coming to our campus. Mahalo for helping everyone stay us!


Registration at KES 


Registration Supplement

MV1 Form




Notice of Non-Discrimination

Equity Specialist for Schools in the Hilo-Waiakea Complex


You may also contact this person for questions or concerns relating to non-discrimination at your school:


Dee Sugihara

Equity Specialist, Hilo - Waiakea Complex

Mailing Address

Hawaii District Office
75 Aupuni Street 
Hilo, Hawaii 96720


Phone Number: 808-600-9576

Email Address:

Box Top$ for Education

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy,   This program has provided over $900,000,000 to schools since 1996.  Join us in our efforts to raise funds for our keiki!

Keaukaha Elementary School Code is  417450.  Mahalo for  your support!

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Annual Notification of Privacy Rights

Know your privacy rights as they apply to

                   1) student record information;

                  2) directory information;

                  3) surveys and other information collection; and

                  4) military recruitment information.

For more information on your privacy rights, the laws that protect them, and how to exercise your rights, contact your school administrator or visit the State of Hawaii Department of Education online to read more about FERPA.


Each year, Hawaii public schools are required to notify parents of their rights under the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act." These rights are generally broken up into 4 separate sections. Here is a brief description of FERPA rights: 

       1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the request.
      2. The right to request the amendment 
of the student's education records that the parent, guardian, or eligible student believe are inaccurate or misleading. 
      3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 
      4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Parent FERPA Brochure 
Provides a helpful overview of all rights under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act

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Western Association of

Schools and Colleges

The ACS WASC/HIDOE partnership provides a coordinated accreditation system integral to the school improvement process for ALL Hawaii DOE Public Schools K-12. The ACS WASC/HIDOE process is directly aligned with the HIDOE State Strategic Plan and the corresponding Academic Plans of the schools. The ACS WASC/HIDOE accreditation process systematizes and standardizes the ongoing evaluation of a school program and streamlines planning and reporting. The Focus on Learning: Joint ACS WASC/HIDOE Focus on Learning Process Guide facilitates a school’s in-depth look at what currently exists and what needs to be improved in relation to student learning and the school’s program. Through the process the schools evaluate progress in addressing the six priority strategies of the Hawaii State Strategic Plan. These are: the Academic Review Team, Common Core State Standards, Educator Effectiveness Systems; Formative Instruction/Data Teams; Induction and Mentoring; and the Comprehensive Student Support System.

Keaukaha Elementary was fully accredited in 2019.

Important Message for Parents from the Hawaii State Department of Health


Protect your child’s health against serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. The effectiveness of childhood vaccines can decrease over time. Preteens and teens are also at risk for different disease as they get older. 


Protect the health of your preteen or teen with four (4) important vaccines recommended by the DOH DOCD:

  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

  • Meningococcal infection

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Influenza - flu         


Take your child to his/her primary care provider to receive these vaccines. For more information, visit

Keaukaha Students interpretation of our schools mission and vision.  

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240 Desha Avenue

Hilo, Hawaii 96720 

​Tel: 808-974-4181 

​Fax: 808-974-4868    

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