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250 Aupaka St
Honolulu, HI 96818

(808) 421-4180
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August 08, 2015
My 3 children have attended Mokulele for the past 3 years and we have been very happy with our experience here. We have found it to be small and safe. Several teachers are stand-outs in commitment and professionalism: Mrs. Furukawa, Ms. Luckie, Mrs. Levinson, and Mrs. Kajiyama are 1st-rate teachers. All grades have parent orientations to keep you in-the-know. There are several ways this school stands out from others in the area: There is a music program! All grades get to attend once a week classes with Mrs. Okinishi. As a bonus: 3rd gr learns recorder & 4th gr learns ukulele. After school, she offers extra classes in many types of instruments. My children are learning guitar and percussion. There is also an after-school art program. The 2nd grade brings in a professional artist during the year to teach workshops. My older boys have especially loved being members of TROOPS (recess monitors) and JPO (Jr. Police officers) where they learn drills, discipline, and peer mediating. The many field trips have been fun and educational: Hawaii Youth Symphony, Theatre, Aquarium, and Kaneohe Fish Pond were some favorites. The negative reviews from others regarding curriculum are not valid because, as of last year, Common Core was implemented in all public schools across the nation. Now the curriculum is THE SAME, NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO! Like it or not (I actually don't like it), that's the way it is everywhere. I feel that, where possible, it's important for parents to be involved in their children's school, as it helps them excel to their best ability. Mokulele has provided that opportunity for us.

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February 11, 2015
The teachers and principal do not know how to communicate. It has been a long hard for to get them to do anything for my son who has special needs. They do not know how to follow an IEP. They give the impression that since this is a military school the kids are only there for a sorry time do why bother try to teach them any thing. Worst school ever

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January 19, 2015
My son loves this school. It is within walking distance of our home and it really supports the base community. The school welcomes volunteers and has a great appreciation for the many parents available to help. The PTO runs many fun family activities throughout the year. I have never run into any problems with the staff and have seen teachers up working late into the evenings either in school sponsored events or up in their classrooms.

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November 06, 2014
My son's experience at Mokulele was awful. He lasted there less than 1 semester before we decided homeschool was a far better option. The classroom was chaotic, the teacher had no control, and the principal did nothing to resolved any of the issues we had. My son had zero academic challenge there and seldom knew what homework to do because it was never made clear. I wished it had been run by DoDS schools.

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November 05, 2014
I took out my kids and home school them now. The curriculum is well below the schools we came from, by about 2 grade levels. The teacher my daughter had was teaching improper English as correct... very frustrating and now I am having to back track and correct it. When my daughter got in trouble for reading after she finished her work she was held in during outside time. She was not allowed to work on homework during school even when her classwork was completed. There is a limited play area at the school and little playground equipment, which is frequently taken away as punishment. There are no after school programs to speak of unless you count daycare.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2014
This school is awful. You, as a parent, are only valued if you are a volunteer and ONLY if you are a SELECT volunteer. So, if you're not in the clique, you aren't going to be listened to. Instead, you will be treated terribly. In truth, the staff treats ALL military families like second class citizens because they aren't local and don't care about the bullying, the subpar curriculum, and talk behind your back - and if you are lucky RIGHT TO YOUR FACE! If I had it to do over again, we would've turned down our orders to come here since our child has been bullied, abused by a teacher, and struggled academically since coming here and the school does not care. Oh, and there's no one to complain to because we're not from here so we don't matter!

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2013
Teachers don't take parent input into consideration. They blame lower test scores on students instead of the lack of time students spend at school. I'd love to get a half day once a week and gobs of days off in a school year. The school would improve if it had to follow more strict standards. If it was made into an actual DoD school that would help a lot too.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2013
This school is awful? I seriously doubt it. This is one of the best schools that I have ever been to. Someone is making a poor judgment call. I am 36 years old now and living in Illinois. I highly recommend that any military family moving to Hickam Air Force Base enroll their children in Mokulele Elementary to get their education. I went to school here in 1987-1989. It has been 24 years since I left that school and to this very day, I still think about the good times I had at Mokulele. I had very little problems there. Avoid avoid avoid? Not not not!!

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May 28, 2012
This school is awful! If you can avoid it at all costs, please do for the sake of you and your children! My child excels academically and has a fairly easy time making friends, but the bullying at this school is WAY out of control! My child was threatened by another child that he was going to beat her up after school and my daughter told the teacher out of fear and the teacher told her to deal with it because class was almost over!!!! This is just one of the many issues we have had! I have had countless meetings with the principal who refuses to admit that this school has a bullying problem. The academic situation is even worse! They only care about the students who will get them closer to getting grants (those students who score higher on state tests!)...so if your child has difficulty learning...forget it! AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011
As military families, we don't often have a lot of choice in the schools our children attend-because we have to live on or near base..We are very disappointed with the Hawaii school systems and their level of academics. That being said, Mokulele is a nice school. The staff really do care about the children and they do.. ok.. with the curriculum they're given. I think they could focus more on academics, and less on school events, brush bot competitions and recess. My girls can play at home. We do feel like its necessary to supplement the kids outside of school..but that would be the case for any school in Hawaii. That is why I give 3 stars in teacher quality. They are all very sweet people, every one of them. I just wish my kids were being challenged more. Over all, Mokulele is a safe, fun place for your kids to attend. It will do...

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August 17, 2009
My children really enjoyed Mokulele. The teachers are wonderful and the Admin. is very much involved. Compared to Hickam Elem., Mokulele has a much better curriculum. My children attended both schools and Mokulele far exceeds Hickam Elem. Parents think Hickam is better because Officer children attend Hickam but they are painstakingly wrong.

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June 27, 2009
My son attended (Jr.) Kindergarten here. His acacemics improved greatly over the school year. He went recognizing some of the alphabet to reading by year's end. Kindergarten has an impressive curriculum including science, social studies & basics like reading and math. They go to a music class, have PE, and visit the library each week. They have sort of a mentoring interaction with the older grades called Ohana which meets weekly as well. I think each of the kids are a assigned an older 'buddy.' I was impressed that the K's got to go on 5 field trips during the school year. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged. I give the school 4 stars because I felt lost at the beginning of the school year since there was no parent orientation & some of the special events could have been better. I think there will be a parent orientation for 2009-2010.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2006
What is potentially a strong point of this school is the opportunity for teachers to 'articulate', or meet on a weekly basis to plan/discuss curriculum materials and other pending issues. In other schools teachers often work in isolation so time spent with other teachers to discuss classroom issues is often hit-and-miss.

- submitted by a teacher

August 08, 2005
My son attended Kindergarten at the school. I felt academically the school was good, especially with my son coming from a private preschool. The programs that are offered to the kindergartens were music, Hawaiian studies and computers. Each student participated in these programs. The school really stress reading for all the students. The kindergartens went to the library once a week and pick out a book to write their favorite part in the story and draw a pictures. The incentive at the end of the month was a coupon for a personal pan pizza meal at pizza hut. Fit 2 Win was a big fitness program for the school and Hickam Youth Center which the students recorded daily all the fitness activities they did. My son attended the before and after school program at the Hickam Youth Center. The school encourages parents to volunteer.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2005
Mokulele was a wonderful school my children loved it and the teachers became friends . The teachers and staff really care for the children.

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February 22, 2005
The staff and teachers @ Mokulele are truly exceptional. My son has ADHD and year after year I see him strive to his fullest potential academically. I give the Mokulele teachers many thanks for their hard work, dedication and patience with my son. I am forever indebted to them. Many thanks! Omayra

- submitted by a parent
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Mokulele Elementary School
250 Aupaka St, Honolulu, HI  96818
(808) 421-4180
Last modified Mokulele Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mokulele Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top