About Us

Principal's Message

We are excited to kick off this school year with new friends and families at Momilani Elementary School. We are excited to hear the sounds of learning once again fill our classrooms and expect this year to be an exceptional learning experience for everyone. Our school operates in conjunction with Momilani School Community Council (SCC), Hui O Momilani (PTSO), Momilani Elementary School Foundation (501c3), and other supportive organizations. Approximately 25% of our students attend Momilani Elementary on geographic exceptions, commuting from as far away as Kaneohe, Waianae, Ewa Beach, and Wahiawa.

We aim to build a community of learners seeking quality relationships, willing to take risks, empowered to think critically, solve problems, make decisions, and assume responsibility for a quality education. Learning is nurtured in a safe, positive, caring environment where democratic ideals, learning styles, and multiple intelligences are respected and encouraged. Students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community demonstrate a sense of unity, harmony, and mission, by accepting, respecting, and working collaboratively with one another.

Governor Ige at CSforALL

Principal and Assistant Principal

National Board Teachers

This year we are continuing our focus on building the success skills known as the Formative Five: Empathy, Self-Control, Integrity, Embracing Diversity, and GRIT (http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/The-Formative-Five.aspx). In addition, we are committed to integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education and the Write Tools writing process in our classrooms. Hopefully, we can build off of the STEAM units that were showcased at last year’s Curriculum Fair to deepen student thinking. Also, our school is fortunate to have advanced technology to support and enhance our students’ learning environment, as well as web-based learning platforms such as Wonders (Gr. K-6 Reading), Stepping Stones (Gr. K-5 Math), Go Math (Gr. 6), i-Ready (K-6 Reading/Math), Achieve 3000 (Gr. 3-6 KidBiz), MyAccess (Gr. 3-6 Writing), and Wordly Wise (Gr. 2-6 Vocabulary).

Working together to make Momilani a caring and responsive community has led to student and school success. As a result, we have been nationally recognized, receiving awards for National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1997, 2004, 2010) and National School Safety, Discipline and Drug Prevention (1997). For six consecutive editions, Momilani was listed as Number 1 in Honolulu Magazine’s ranking of 255 public schools (2008-2013). We also received the Hawaii Blue Ribbon School Award (1996, 2002, 2010), Hawaii Distinguished School Award each year from 2004-2007, and honored 15 times with the DOE’s Annual Achievement Award (2008-2013). On behalf of the Momilani faculty and staff, we look forward to continuing the journey of learning with all of you.


Meet the Team

Mrs. Doreen Higa


Mrs. Doreen Higa resides in Aiea with her husband and Shih Tzu Mika. She graduated from Aiea High and after graduating with her initial teaching degree (University of Hawaii; B.Ed., M.Ed, M.EA), taught at Leilehua High School, served as a Central District Resource Teacher, Mililani Uka Vice Principal and since September 1989 Momilan’s third and first woman Principal.

She enjoys being an educator and keeps in touch with many of her former students and parents. Her favorite pastimes include reading, watching romantic comedies especially Korean ones, traveling and eating out.

Mr. Garrett Arakawa

Assistant Principal

Mr. Arakawa has been with the Hawaii Department of Education since 2004. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Chemistry and a Masters of Education Degree in Secondary Education. He began his teaching career at Kailua High School, teaching Chemistry, Biology and Art and Communication. He later transitioned to Educational Administration, as Vice Principal at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. Mr. Arakawa was hired as Assistant Principal at Momilani Elementary in 2013. Mr. Arakawa enjoys watching learning happen in the classroom and out, but most of all...he loves seeing smiling students.