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If you'd like to order Pu'u Kukui T-shirts they're now available at Automatic T-Shirt Printing. <Student order form>
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to graphic designers Jessica and Jennifer Matsumoto, of Matsumoto Studio, who so generously donated their time in creating our school shirt and school logo design!


To share the history of Pu`u Kukui - Kumu Lahela (our Kindergarten teacher, Dawn Augustin) has prepared a brief history for our `ohana. Brief History of Pu`u Kukui

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Preschool Supplies-rev. 5/30/14
Kindergarten Supplies-rev. 4/14
Grade 1 Supply List-rev. 4/14
Grade 2 Supply List-rev. 4/14
Grade 3 Supply List-rev. 4/14
Grade 4 Supply List-rev. 4/14
Grade 5 Supply List-rev. 4/14


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9/12/2014 - Parents are urged to complete the federal survey cards ASAP.
Parents of Pu'u Kukui Elementary School students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4 (These were only sent home to the children enrolled in Pu'u Kukui on Sept. 3). The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.

The program-Federal impact funds provide partial reimbursement to the state for local tax loss resulting from tax-free federal installations.
“Federal impact funds are critical to support our students, educators and the overall operation of our schools,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “All parents are encouraged to complete and return the cards.”

During the 2011-12 school year, the state accounted for more than 30,000 federally connected students and received more than $80 million – or an average of nearly $2,700 per student – in federal impact aid the following school year. The amount represents about 20 percent of the state's average per-pupil expenditure.

Parents should contact their school if they have not yet received a survey card. Cards should be filled out and turned in as soon as possible, ideally by September 15. However, schools will accept the cards throughout the school year.
Please call the school office at 727-3000 if you have any questions.  

8/29/2014 - Looking for a job? We are always seeking Adult Supervisors. This is a paid position which also provides the opportunity to support the school and serve our students.
Looking to volunteer? We are also seeking the help of family volunteers in supervising our drop-off and pick-up areas. Even if it’s just a couple days a week, we would really appreciate parent support in these areas.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mr.Dillon in the Main Office (727-3000).

8-29-2014 - MONDAY, September 1st, is Labor Day and there will be no school.

8/25-2014 - OPEN HOUSE! We will have a split Open House this year. Grades 3-5 your Open House is Tuesday, August 26th and grades K-2 have Open House on Thursday, August 28th. Please meet in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. for PTSA business followed by classroom visitations.

8/14-2014 - There is no school on Friday, August 15th! It is a state holiday. (Statehood Day).

8/14/2014 - Please join us for our first PTSA meeting on Tuesday, August 19th at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria. If you are interested in helping with our 1st Fun Run on October 31st, we will be having a planning meeting following the general meeting.

8/11/2014 - There will be a Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, August 12th at 8:30 in the cafeteria.

8/10/2014 - There will be school on Monday, August 11th.

8/6/2014 - Thank you for your patience. We have confirmation on school closure. There will be NO SCHOOL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY for all Maui County Public Schools. This includes Puʻu Kukui Elementary. For updates on closures check the main DOE website at: (note: you may need to scroll down the page to see the News and Articles information - where closures are currently being announced.)

8/6/2014 - Change in Kindergarten schedule due to storms. The Kindergarten Parent Informational session has been moved from Friday, August 8th to Tuesday, August 12th. Kindergarten parents will meet in the cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. Class lists and schedule information will be posted at this time and parents are invited to bring school supplies for their Kindergartners to this meeting. The beginning schedule will also change.
Group A 1/2 day - Wednesday, August 13th - 7:45-11:00
Group B 1/2 day - Thursday, August 14th - 7:45-11:00
Group A full day - Monday, August 18th - 7:45-2:00
Group B full day - Tuesday, August 19th - 7:45-2:00
Everybody full day - Wednesday, August 20th - 7:45-1:15

8/5/2014 - SCHOOL CLOSURE ON HOLD: The decision to close school Thursday 8/7/14 has been revoked by the Maui County District. School is currently back ON for Thursday. Any changes will be communicated via email, automated phone call from the school, or on this website. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Please continue to check for updates. -Vice Principal Dillon

Matt Dillon
Vice Principal

7/16/2014 -Looking for a job? We are currently seeking Adult Supervisors for the new school year. This is a paid position which also provides the opportunity to support the school and serve our students. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mr. Dillon in the Main Office.

6/27/14 - In preparation for our upcoming school year we'd like to share information about our Proactive Pueo Day, On Tuesday, July 29th from 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. we'll be hosting the following welcome back to school activities:

12:30-2:30 p.m. - Grades 2-5 classrooms will be open so that you can drop off your supplies and meet your teacher. (*Note that Kindergarten drop off and meet the teacher will be done during parent orientation on August 8th and First grade drop off will be on Wednesday, July 30th from 1:30-4:00 p.m.)

Noon - 4:00 - The office will be open to accept Bus Applications/Payments, Lunch deposits/Free & Reduced Lunch Applications (bring your 8-digit case number if you have one), A+ Applications/Payments (only checks or credit cards for A+), Lost Book Fees, Purchase Pu'u Kukui School T-shirts ($5.75 each - not mandatory this year). For payments other than A+ please bring Cash only. <Proactive Pueo Day flyer>

6/11/14 - We are currently on summer break, however our school office is open. During the summer our main office will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

School will resume for students on August 1, 2014 for all grades except for Kindergarten. Kindergartners will begin with a gradual schedule and smaller classes.

At the beginning of the school year, the Kindergarten teachers will be doing individual assessments and group observations of all incoming Kindergartners. This will take approximately 45 minutes. While the children are being assessed parents will have an opportunity to complete important Kindergarten paperwork. Check-in for this assessment/observation will be in room E105. The date and time of the assessment will be determined upon Kindergarten registration. If you have already registered your child and don't have an assessment/observation time, please contact our office at 727-3000.

On Friday, August 8, 2014 there will be an informational meeting for Kindergarten parents in the cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. Class lists and schedule information will be posted at this time and parents are invited to bring school supplies for their Kindergartners to this meeting.

We no longer have computers set up in the office for EZ meal applications, however you can still apply online at:

Habits of Happy Kids

"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"

"Parental Right to Request Teacher Qualifications" - "As a parent/guardian of a Hawaii Department of Education student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and the educational assistant(s) who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and educational assistant(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request." Please contact our school office (727-3000) if you need the following information:

1. Whether the teacher has met licensing criteria and has earned the designation of Highly Qualified for the grade levels and subject areas in which he/she teaches.
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
3. The teacherʻs college major, whether the teacher has any advancdd degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and
4. Whether any teachersʻ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

Message from Mr. Okamoto

Mr. OkamotoAloha and welcome to Pu`u Kukui Elementary School!

Pu`u Kukui Elementary was named after the summit of the West Maui Mountains and can be defined as "hill of enlightenment."  Our goal is to create an environment where learning for all is of priority.

You are now an official Pu`u Kukui `Ohana (family) member.  Welcome to our family!  We will do our best to keep you informed, working together to assist your child to exceed their potential.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or concerns.

This website will be used as a communication tool where you can find information about the school.

Successful children have families that make education a priority and participate in the school in some way.  If you are interested in getting involved in our school community, please let us know.  There are many ways to get involved.

Please click on the contact link on the website if you have any questions or need assistance.  We look forward to developing a positive relationship with you and hope to see you soon!


Chad Okamoto
Pu`u Kukui Elementary School