About Us

About Kapalama Elementary School
Kapalama Elementary School is located at the entrance of Kalihi Valley in historic Kalihi, a busy residential neighborhood of Honolulu. The school community is multi-ethnic, with a substantial number of students who come from outside the school’s normal attendance area. Kapalama is one of the largest elementary schools in the Honolulu District. The faculty and staff are dedicated to establishing a positive and nurturing school environment where students are able to develop a strong foundation in core subject areas while learning to think critically and creatively.

Kapalama Elementary is focused on addressing learning gaps in student achievement and improving instructional practices.

Parents, educators and staff at Kapalama Elementary all nurture children’s self-esteem and promote literacy and critical thinking. The school annually conducts a curriculum fair to display student work and to promote better understanding of standards-based learning.

The school enjoys strong partnerships with area businesses and organizations that help provide learning opportunities and promote civic responsibility. It also offers several parent workshops on topics such as physical education, science, reading, math, career planning, bullying, disaster preparedness and safety.
Kapalama Elementary's Vision and Mission
Vision: Kapalama is a Community of Learner's who believe, achieve, and succeed.

Mission: The mission of the Kapalama Elementary School Community is to provide an environment that nurtures, empowers, and challenges all children to become caring, responsible, and literate citizens who are active contributors within an ever-changing global community.

Facts about Kapalama Elementary
  • Year School Opened: 1927
  • School Colors: Purple and Yellow
  • School Mascot: Kolea Bird