August 06, 2013
Just as an update to all the reviews below. There is a new principal at this school as of last school year. She has a background in Special Ed, so you can expect an administrator who knows about your child's special needs. The PTA is very strong and though the school does not have an overflowing budget, I view the community and administration as pulling together to provide additional programs, such as PE, Hawaiian Studies, Robotics, Art, Dance, Drama, and this year an emphasis on Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math. The School is also, as of last year, the only school on Maui that received a grant for the Leader in Me program, which encourages and provides opportunities in student leadership for all students. This school is in its second year, but the change in self-directed students taking on leadership roles is astounding. Lastly, as of last year, there is a new cafeteria manager who cares immensely about what he does and what food he provides. Pukalani also received a grant for the Fresh Fruit/Vegetable of the Week program, so each week students get to learn about & try a different fruit/veg to promote healthy eating!
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