Momilani Elementary School

Where students are caring, responsible, and self-directed learners who positively contribute to society.

Weekly Announcements

23-24 Updated Momilani Attendance Policies

Aloha Momilani 'Ohana,

Our school administration has reviewed and updated our school's attendance policy.  Please review the documents below to view the updated policies.

Please note that maintaining consistent attendance is critical for ensuring that each students receives the best possible education at school.  We truly appreciate your support and understanding for the importance of ensuring that every child misses as few days of school as possible.

If you have any questions regarding the updated policies, please contact our administration or office staff.

Mahalo again for your support as we near the end of another great school year.  

Aloha,

The Momilani Staff

Momilani Attendance Policy

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Momilani Attendance Procedures

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Momilani Extended Absence Notification

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Choose Love & SEL UPdates

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Aloha Momilani 'Ohana!  We're excited to introduce the Choose Love (Choose Aloha) Movement at Momilani Elementary School!

Choose Love For Schools™ teaches skills and concepts that are grounded in and support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), addressing the 5 Core Competencies as defined by CASEL (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making Skills). SEL has decades of research validating its tremendous and positive impact on students' social and emotional well-being as well as on academic and personal success.

For more detailed information and classroom examples of the Choose Love Movement in and around the Momilani campus, please check out the Choose Love page on our website.  Check back often to this section of the website for updates about our school's Social Emotional Learning Curriculum using the Choose Love Movement.

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Media Club Student Articles

2023 Pearl City Christmas Parade

Dec.18, 2023

Article written by: Brooklyn M., Herbi A. and Grace S.

Have you ever marched in a parade with your friends, family, or teachers before? On December 3rd, 2023, the Momilani service groups, JPO (Junior Police Officers), Ambassadors, Team Kokua, Media Crew, and Fit Factory, were able to participate in the 2023 Pearl City Christmas Parade. The students that were in these service groups got the chance to participate in the parade and represent our school. The Pearl City Christmas Parade is a bit of a competition, since each group in the parade is judged by a panel of judges from the Pearl City Foundation.  Luckily, Momilani placed second in the marching division, definitely as a result of the people who participated and had the most fun with Christmas cheer and spirit! 

Everyone who participated was glad that our school got second place for the second year in a row!  For many of the participants, the most fun was when we got to pass out candy to the families along the parade route and say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays!”  There were lots of students who tried their best to pump up the Christmas spirit by chanting, "1, 2, 3...Merry Christmas!"  

Mr. Uchino who participated in the Christmas Parade said, “It was really fun to see everyone passing out candy saying Merry Christmas and showing a lot of Christmas spirit!” Another quote from Mrs. Nishihara was, “It's nice to see everyone full of the Christmas Spirit, happily marching, waving the candy cane streamers and saying, Merry Christmas!"

Next year if you want to come and march in the Pearl City Christmas Parade with the Momilani Servic Groups and show lots and lots of Christmas spirit, then you should come along and join us! Your family, your friends, and your teachers can also come too!  The first step, of course, is to sign up to join one of the awesome service groups on campus.  

While marching and passing out candy along the parade route, the Momilani Participants had a blast waving our candy streamers, dancing, and yelling “Merry Christmas!" and “Happy Holidays!”  If you didn't march with us this year, we hope that you will consider joining a service group and joining us for the Pearl City Christmas Parade in the future.  Have a great winter break, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2023 Grade 4 Drama: The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever

Dec. 18, 2023

Article written by: Colbie H., Sarai A., and Zoe L.

On Wednesday, November 22, 2023. The 4th graders did an amazing drama that made us say, "Wow!"  The drama was called "The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever."

It was about a girl named Skyler and it was her 12th birthday, but all of a sudden the parents disappear.  To solve the problem of their hunger and newfound independence, Skyler’s brother Charlie decided to make himself king of the backyard.  Unfortunately, Charlie made his new kingdom more about him, and less about what his people felt, so Skyler created her own country and went against her brother.  

There were many twists and turns throughout the plot that helped us to learn how Skyler truly felt during her unusual birthday party.  During the course of the show, we met many funny characters, such as a girl who was locked in the bathroom, and a boy who was planning how to survive in the wilderness.

Mr. Aurio, one of the fourth grade teachers said, “There were definitely some good improvements from the afternoon show and the evening show and the students worked hard to put on a great show". Harper who played the role of Skyler in the show said, ”I liked the experience and how we did in our performance.” 

In conclusion, this was a great show and we are hoping every other grade does the same!

2023 3rd Grade Grandparents Day Luncheon

Dec. 18, 2023

Article written by: Kellen.Y Isaac.M, Sarai.A, Colbie H. and Zoe L.

Do you like your grandparents? Well, so do I. Let me tell you about the 3rd grade’s grandparents day that happened on November 17, 2023.

First, the 3rd graders had their lunch with their grandparents before they had to perform. They greeted their grandparents with warm hugs and words. Mr. Rabacal was playing the ukulele. Everyone seemed like they were having a fun time. They spent time with their grandparents and other family members. The grand kids were enjoying their meals as they ate their corn dogs for lunch. The grand kids appreciated their grandparents.

After Mr. Rabacal’s ukulele songs, it went right into 3rd grade’s performance songs. They sang the songs  “You can count on me '' and “Because you loved me.” The message is about what they think about their grandparents even though they get older and older and why they feel that way toward their grandparents. They care about their grandparents and what's going to happen as they age. Plus what is going to happen to not just themselves but their grandkids as well when they age. Some grandparents cried. One grandparent, Colin’s grandpa said, “This was my first time coming. They did a spectacular job singing and dancing.”

Finally, the 3rd graders surely showed they were thankful for their grandparents so we hope you guys are too. Some quotes from  third grade are “It was amazing” and “I enjoyed singing a lot”. In conclusion it was a fun experience for us all, even the 3rd graders!

2023 Veterans Day Assembly

Nov. 28, 2023

Article written by: Mana M. and Jada A.

At Momilani Elementary School on November 8th 2023, there was a Veterans Day Assembly to honor the veterans who have served in the armed forces for our country.  At the assembly, Momilani students proudly invited their family members who have served and are serving our country, and we respectfully thanked and welcomed them to our school.  The assembly was a respectful, but fun time to honor and thank our veterans.

The event started with the entire Momilani student body gathering in the cafeteria and settling down in their assigned places.  Students saw veterans in both normal clothes and in their uniforms waiting for their invitation to come up to the stage to be recognized.  An important part of the assembly is to recognize and honor the veterans because of their bravery and loyalty to our country. 

Each veteran was called to the stage, and their children accompanied them up to the front of our cafeteria stage. They each walked down the middle aisle with their children, and everyone clapped and cheered.  When the Veterans came up to the front, the Momilani Ambassadors, who were ushers for this assembly, gave each of the honored veterans a lei and a chocolate, and all the veterans smiled and looked happy. This made everyone feel happy as well, because we got to make the people who help us live in freedom feel joy and happiness.

When everyone was ready to start, we sang the song “God Bless the USA” to remember to respect the soldiers who fight for our freedom.  We sang with lots of energy, trying our best to express our gratitude. 

6th Grade student Elena said, “Veterans day can sometimes feel sad and heartbreaking when we remember those who we've lost, but it is also a time to honor and celebrate the people who fought for our country.”  Another 6th grade student named Herbi stated, “Seeing my best friends walk with their Veteran family members made me cry a little because of the happiness and gratitude I felt. I definitely "heart" our Veterans!” 

We are grateful that we have veterans as part of our Momilani 'Ohana who fought and continue to fight for our freedom, and we cannot thank them enough for their bravery and continuous support for our state and country.  It was a great Veterans Day Assembly, and we hope we can have more assemblies like this one in the future.  Many thanks to everyone for respecting and participating in our Veterans Day Assembly!

2023 Pearl City Complex Basketball Tournament

Nov. 15, 2023

Article by: Camryn A., Sasha H., and Katelynn S.

On Saturday, November 4th, 2023, the 5th and 6th grader students did an amazing job at the Pearl City Complex Basketball Tournament held at the Pearl City High School Gym. Both grades tried their best and had a lot of fun.  The 5th and 6th grade students challenged all of the Pearl City Complex Elementary schools at the tournament.

The 5th grader students did great in the pool play portion of the tournament, and worked really hard!  Mrs. Kim, 5th grade teacher and coach said, “The 5th graders showed a lot of grit and really stepped up during the tournament.” 

In the quarter-finals, the 5th grade team won against their opponent! As a 5th grade basketball player, Zoe put it, “The quarter-finals and pool play was fun and hard, but we pushed through and made it to the semi-finals.” 

In the semi-finals, the 5th graders worked hard and never gave up, but unfortunately, they lost the game.  Mr. Kashiwa, 5th grade teacher and coach said, “I think it was a great experience, and I know the coaches especially enjoyed working with the hard working students.”  The 5th grade students came really close to winning the championship, and this experience will help them prepare for next year’s tournament. Coach John said, “5th grade displayed their grit for being undersized and for it being their first time (playing basketball). After losing their first game, they managed to win their first games and were able to make it to the semi-finals. They played well and never gave up. Hopefully this experience will help prepare them for next year’s tournament.” Our 5th grade teacher and coach Mrs. Kim said, “5th graders showed a lot of grit and really stepped up during the tournament.”

The 6th graders took first place in their division of the tournament and won back to back titles!  Last year, as 5th graders, they were also undefeated and won the championship, so it was clearly evident that the team wanted to keep their title as Tournament Champions.  The 6th graders beat every single team and were undefeated in the tournament!  The 6th grade team won against all of the schools by at least 20 points!  They definitely couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of everyone from Momilani.  As our awesome 6th grade teacher and coach, Mrs. Yasui said, “The team displayed great teamwork and everyone was very supportive of each other.” 

In the playoffs, the 6th grade team played against Kanoelani Elementary School's team and won by 12 points! In the semi-finals, the 6th graders played against Palisades and were successful at winning the game once again.  Finally, it was the finals and the 6th graders played against Pearl City Elementary School.  

At the start of the final game, the opposing team came off to a good start. They scored 6 points, and many people's shots got blocked. But after a few fast breaks and encouraging teammates, the Momilani 6th graders were on fire for the rest of the game!  they did a great job thorught the game and eventually won the championship! 

Head coach, Mr. John said, “The 6th grade team continued to display their team’s aggressive defense, complimented with a strong transition of scoring and winning.  They worked hard at practice to prepare for back-to-back championships.  Capping off their Momilani Basketball career with a perfect 12-0 record.  They did a fantastic job.”  One of the amazing 6th grade basketball players, Camryn, said, “The tournament was really fun, and all of the hard work we put in was really worth it!  I am really glad that we won the championship again and 2-peated!”

Both 5th and 6th grade did an amazing job and showed incredible sportsmanship and most importantly, had fun!  Good job to our Momilani Basketball Team and hard working coaches! 

Momilani Grade 6 basketball team with trophy
Momilani basketball team members with Coach John

2023 Momilani International Exchange Program

Nov. 3, 2023

Article Written by: Cayla Y. and Zoe L.

In October, a group of Momilani Student Ambassadors and Three Chaperones went to Hyuga City, in Miyazaki, Japan as part of the Momilani International Exchange Program.  Back in August, these same students were able to experience hosting a Japanese student from Hyuga in their own house, so staying in Japan was the second part of the exchange program experience.

The Momilani International Exchange Program also known as the “M.I.X. Program” had practiced and prepared for the Japanese guests' arrival since June, so they had been dedicating their time and efforts during and after school since the summer break. 

The teachers, Mrs. Nakata, Mr. Uchino, Mrs. Uchino, and Momilani Principal, Mr. Arakawa, prepared the students for a very important visit with the mayor of Hyuga City.  They also prepared for a performance at the Hugy City Hall in front of the Japanese host students, their families, and even the local media.  Everyone involved worked hard and gave their best attitude to show Aloha all the way in Japan. 

For the first part of the exchange back in August, eight students from Hyuga City, and three adult chaperones came to visit Hawaii as part of the exchange program. These 6th grade and 5th grade students performed in the cafeteria for everyone at Momilani. Everyone at Momilani shared their Aloha with the visiting guests, tried hard to show them why Hawaii is one of the most relaxing places to visit. 

The second part of the exchange happened in October, and it was the Momilani students' turn to homestay in Japan, and they enjoyed the bustling city, Tokyo. During the trip, the students visited many schools and also went on stage to perform in front of Hiraiwa Elementary to deliver their performance. 

Everyone was able to enjoy themselves and make new friends in a different country. Elliana, one of the Momilani Ambassador said, “It was fun being in a different country without family to help me.  My friends helped me get through the hard times, especially my fellow Ambassador, Zoe.”  Natsuki, another Momilani Ambassador said, “It was a very enjoyable experience that not many people will be able to have. I’m very glad to be able to be one of the few people to experience this.” 

We hope that in 2025 the Momilani students will once again be able to participate in the International Exchange Program to strengthen the relationship between Hawaii and Japan further.

Momilani Exchange Program Group at the Honolulu Airport
Momilani Exchange Program students at a scenic beach
Momilani Exchange Program at a sushi making lesson
Momilani International Exchange Program at the Hyuga City Hall

News & Notices Portal (Archives of Past Articles)

Archive Links: The links below will take you to the pages on the Momilani Website for the archives of past news updates, bulletins, and notices.  

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Health Care Corner

Please check here often for updates, notices, and flyers from the Hawaii Dept of Ed for any updated information regarding COVID-19 and other health requirements for the school year.  You can also visit the HIDOE website for more up-to-date information:  Hawaii Dept of Ed COVID-19 Updates

SY 2023-2024 Departmen of Health - Isolation and Exposure Guidance for K-12 Schools

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Isolation_and_Exposure_Guidance_for_K-12_Schools_6-30-2023_Part2.pdf

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Notice of 7th Grade Health Requirements

Prepare your child for 7th grade.pdf

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Prepare for 7th Grade - Get Vaccinated

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HI Dept of Ed Health Hotline

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2023 Daily Wellness Check

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Annual Legal Notices

Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination and its translations 

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HIDOE Equity Specialist Contact

You may also contact this person for questions or concerns relating to non-discrimination and anti-harassment at your school:  Shari Dela Cuadra, Equity Specialist, Phone: (808) 629-9114

Mailing Address: 601 Kamokila Boulevard Room 588, Kapolei, HI 96707

Notice of Language Assistance

If you have difficulty understanding English, you have the right to receive language assistance at no cost to you. Please see the attached documents for more information.

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Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and its schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion. Please direct inquiries regarding HIDOE non-discrimination policies as follows:

Civil Rights Compliance Branch, Hawaii State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2360 Honolulu, HI 96804 

Phone: 808-586-3322