• Expect East Oahu Traffic Delay on Thursday - 9/14/2017 due to HECO

    East Oahu road alert - Eastbound between 11am and 1pm Thursday

    [HNN]

    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Thursday, Hawaiian Electric contractors will move an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe — and the heavy load will affect traffic. 

    The transport vehicle will travel at about 10 to 15 mph on roads and 5 mph on bridges. 

    The delivery will take about four hours, and start about 9 a.m. at Hawaiian Electric's Ewa Nui Substation on Farrington Highway.

    The route travels through the Ewa area and heads east through Salt Lake to Nimitz Highway. At Waiakamilo. the route heads up to Vineyard Boulevard, and then travels downtown on Bishop Street to South King Street.

    Continuing east, the route heads onto Waialae Avenue through Kaimuki and the Kahala Mall area to join Kalanianaole Highway, and then heads to Hawaii Kai. The transport then goes around Makapuu Point, through Waimanalo and Kailua, and onto Kamehameha Highway.

    The route ends at the Koolau Substation on Kahiko Street.  

    The heavy load will be accompanied by a police escort.

  • School Flu Shot Clinics on Hold

    One of the many things I love about Hawaii is its sense of community, including free flu vaccines for all school children whose schools have participated in the past Department of Health program.  Sadly, however, we were just informed by Niu Valley Middle School that the annual shots are on hold this year.  

    I will update this information as we learn more.  Meanwhile, parents are encouraged to seek out alternative options.  The Department of Health publishes a list of clinics for adult immunizations.  Parents may want to check with these pharmacies and inquire about keiki vaccines.  Then of course, there's always your child's doctor's office.

    So far, there's no word on whether this is a temporary hold or a longer one.  I'm hoping it's the first, but maybe our household ought to check into getting vaccines earlier rather than wait.

  • East Oahu Public School Enrollment 2016-2017 School Year

    Enrollment counts for 2016-2017 were just released at Hawaii DOE:

     

    NET CHANGE, ANNUAL, OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 16-17
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA -16 5 -11 -5 0
    108 HAHAIONE -19 -1 -20 3 0
    114 KAHALA -5 1 -4 -1 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID -8 4 -4 0 0
    154 KAISER HI -6 -4 -10 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 26 14 40 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 7 6 13 1 0
    127 KOKO HEAD -1 -4 -5 0 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID -3 11 8 0 0
    153 WILSON -25 2 -23 -2 0
    OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 16-17
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA 447 41 488 4 0
    108 HAHAIONE 515 24 539 9 0
    114 KAHALA 336 25 361 10 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID 919 85 1004 0 0
    154 KAISER HI 1049 85 1134 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 1217 154 1371 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 368 42 410 8 0
    127 KOKO HEAD 277 29 306 4 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID 827 89 916 0 0
    153 WILSON 522 35 557 7 0
    OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT COUNT SY 15-16
    Regular Education Special Education Grand Pre-K
    School Total Total Total Sped RegEd
    100 AINA HAINA 463 36 499 9 0
    108 HAHAIONE 534 25 559 6 0
    114 KAHALA 341 24 365 11 0
    116 KAIMUKI MID 927 81 1008 0 0
    154 KAISER HI 1055 89 1144 0 0
    119 KALANI HI 1191 140 1331 0 0
    155 KAMILOIKI 361 36 397 7 0
    127 KOKO HEAD 278 33 311 4 0
    139 NIU VALLEY MID 830 78 908 0 0
    153 WILSON 547 33 580 9 0

     

    Mirroring the rest of the state, East Oahu public education counts generally held steady with no large changes noted.  The only possible outliers would be Kalani, where special education enrollment increased by nine percent, and Niu Valley, where special education enrollment increased by 14 percent.  I've extracted East Oahu data from two years of spreadsheets and posted it [here], if you're interested in more detail by grade level. 

     

     

     

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 8/12/2016

    August 11, 2016 - Vandals damaged Hahaione Elementary School's playground over the August 6 weekend.  The $45,000 structure, paid for with community donations, will have to be removed at a cost of $20,000. [HNN]

     

    August 11, 2016 - Kila Ka‘aihue tells Hawaii Prep World how uncanny timing delivered him  from Iolani grad to MLB player to Head Coach for Kaiser High School's baseball team. [Hawaii Prep World]

     

    August 9, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School has been selected as one of 28 schools in the R.E.A.C.H program. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. [Governor's News Release]

     

     

  • Learning Japanese in Hawaii: what is working

    Niu Valley Middle School has a world language core requirement, either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese.  Once that language is selected, if your child goes on to Kaiser, they must continue in that language unless that language is spoken regularly outside of school.  It's all part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum the two schools are a part of.

    It drives me crazy to no end because one of my children has absolutely no interest in learning Japanese: it's just a "dumb" requirement that he struggles with and doesn't excel in naturally.

    Short story: I'm determined to show that it can be done with just a minimal commitment.

    As part of my learning plan, I committed 30 minutes a day to some form of learning Japanese.  I use the term "committed" loosely because I'm willing to give myself credit for nearly anything involving Japanese language.  That includes things like quizzing myself on my phone while standing in line at the supermarket or passively listening to language tapes in the car.

    So far, I'm doing better than I expected.  Here's what has been the most effective for me:

  • It's Too Bad Niu Valley Middle Only Teaches Japanese and Mandarin

    Yesterday my husband lamented the lack of choice in Niu Valley Middle School's world language curriculum.  "It's too bad they only teach Japanese and Chinese," he said.

    Underlying his sentiment, was the added burden of learning a whole new written language.  I had mixed feelings myself.  That is, I really love Spanish -- written in letters that appear familiar to us -- and if you had to pick a language that's second to English in America, it's Spanish.  Spanish is cool.  Spanish is ubiquitous.  Everyone should be able to know their tortas from their tortillas.  If you move to the mainland, you should be able to read half the billboards out there. (although, admittedly, most of those are for phone plans.)

    It is absurd that they don't teach Spanish at Niu Valley, especially because as an International Baccalaureate school that feeds into another, it greatly restricts students.

    I do, however, take exception to my husband's complaint of the "extra step" of learning a new writing system, particularly given the prevalence of the internet today. (As an aside, speaking of written language, as of last month AP Stylebook now suggests that the word internet does not need capitalization.)

    Today, I received an email from my Japanese friend.  She wrote to me in English and in Japanese.  It was nice to be able to read it in both our languages.  Ultimately, there is nothing easy about learning a new language and the writing portion of it is just what comes with the territory.  Academic foreign language courses are about the nitty-gritty, the extra dot above the kanji, the direction of the accent sign, or whether you use an accent sign at all.

    It's also about the perseverance.

    I could, at this point, diverge into the differences between spoken language and written language, but here's the bottom line.  I could have chosen not to learn how to read Japanese since I'm just doing this for myself and for the purpose of communicating with others verbally.  Yet, I find that having the extra tool of writing opens up new doors and new worlds.  By being able to read (albeit slowly), I can check my comprehension at leisure and research vocabulary and grammar too.  I also get a glimpse into another culture.  For instance, by reading NHK's easy news, I get articles that aren't easily flagged for US readership.  This month I learned about Korean citizens' lawsuit against humidifier disinfectant companies.  I read about Obama's visit to Hiroshima from a Japanese viewpoint.  Last month, I read about John Lennon's hair being sold at auction. (The Japanese love the Beatles -- still.)

    Then again, it's also your outlook.  I love crossword puzzles: for no reason.  At least, that's how some would see it.  You spend a huge amount of time filling out blanks, and for what?  Yet, it's fun for me.  It's true that my heart aches for my son who doesn't share my feelings.  And when I was his age, I didn't necessarily love foreign language either.

  • Niu Valley Middle School Enrollment Grew 86% over Last Decade

    It's a pretty amazing statistic.  Niu Valley Middle School, serving grades 6-8, grew 86 percent over the past ten years.

    Fortunately some relief is on the way.  The State Legislature just appropriated $3 million in capital improvements for the school.

    If you're curious -- as I am -- about time series data for Hawaii's public schools, check out NCES data from the Federal Government here. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/]

  • 2016 Checklist for new Niu Valley Middle School Students

    Niu Valley students wear uniforms, t-shirts purchased from The Custom Company Harbor Center: 98-027 Hekaha Street, Building #3 Unit #12, located in Aiea.  Phone number is 845-8811.  Shirts will also be available on Payment Fee Day, July 18, 2016.

    April 29, 2016: Transition to Middle School Parent Night 5:30pm - 7pm School Cafeteria

    July 14, 2016: Parent Orientation Night for New Students 5:30pm - 7PM School Cafeteria

    July 18, 2016: Fee Payment Day

    Payment Fee Day for 2016-17 School Year

    Monday, July 18th, 8:00am – 10:00am, School Cafeteria (12:00noon – 4:00pm School Office)

    Purchase school uniforms (The Custom Company is now located in Aiea), 

    Make deposits into meal time accounts,

    Go on student led school tours, and

    Pick up Student Schedules (Because the DOE will be having some system changes in July, there is a  possibility that schedules will not be ready – only Team assignments. Please check the NVMS website for updates.)

    There will be two lines on Monday, July 18:

    1)  Payment Line:  For those who haven't paid school fees yet (EXACT cash or check)

    2)  Pre-Paid Line:  For those who already paid all their fees in advance of the June 26 prepay deadline - please bring white receipt to enter cafeteria in order to deposit into meal account, pick up schedule, take school tour, etc

    August 2, 2016: First day of school.  Have school supplies available.

    Information deemed reliable on the date printed.  For updates, please check the Niu Valley Middle School website.

     

  • East Oahu News - Tuesday Update 06/02/2015

    June 2, 2015

    Tuesday news supplement for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  Regular updates are issued Friday.  This supplement was created due to the larger than normal amount of local news items.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Hahaione Elementary School Wins HECO POWER DOWN CHALLENGE 2015

    KITV4 | Hawaiian Electric [Honolulu, Hawaii] 01 June 2015.

    Hahaione Elementary School students and families finished first in this year’s Home Energy Challenge.  Kamiloiki finished third. Both schools received cash prizes from Hawaiian Electric.

    Here are the grand prize winners of the 8th annual Home Energy Challenge

    1st Place, $10,000 prize, Hahaione Elementary School
    2nd Place, $6,000 prize, Palisades Elementary School
    3rd Place, $3,000 prize, Kamiloiki Elementary School

    The participating families at these three schools combined saved a total of $43,600 on their electric bills from Oct. 2014 through March 2015.. . . The Home Energy Challenge is an educational partnership between the State Department of Education, participating elementary schools, and Hawaiian Electric.

    For schools interested in participating next year, applications for the 2015-16 Home Energy Challenge will be sent to all Oahu public elementary schools this summer. Interested schools can call Ms. Sam Nichols at 543-7511 for more information.

    Hawaii Kai cemetery may finally be built, despite concerns

    Ben Gutierrez HawaiiNewsNow [Honolulu, Hawaii] 31 May 2015.

    It has been more than a decade since the city approved the building of a cemetery in Hawaii Kai. Those plans haven't gone anywhere since then, but work has begun once again, and that has some Hawaii Kai residents concerned.

    [Hawaii Kai Memorial Park LLC Attorney William] McCorriston said the owners have applied for a business license from the state and a master grading permit. If those are approved, construction could finally began later this year.

    Feral Chickens in EAST OAHU? you don't say?

    KITV [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    KITV reports that you can find feral chickens on St. Louis Heights.  You can also find feral chickens at Kahala Zippys.  Kapiolani Community College has become so frustrated by the noise, they're even attempting to trap the chickens.  The takeaway? 

    "You don't need a permit to trap wild chickens. The public is being asked to help manage the feral chicken population if they have them on their property."

    KITV has posted a 2 1/2 minute video to go along with the story.  Click the link above to view the page.

    For-profit exercise classes not authorized at city parks; Hiking tours at hanauma bay "eligible to be permitted"

    Watanabe, JuneHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Question: As a frequent Ala Moana Beach Park user, I've noticed more exercise groups using the park. Some are small but others have over 20 people. According to an article in the Star-Advertiser, people are paying to participate in these exercises. Are they regulated in any way? Does this mean mobile car detailing or portable massage businesses can also use the park?

    Answer: If people are paying to take part in the exercise classes, it is not an authorized park use.

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    If no money is solicited or given, under current rules, groups of fewer than 50 people can gather in city parks without a permit, said Jon Hennington, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation.  "This is the same limit that applies to picnics," he said. "As long as the group does not solicit the public and does not require exclusive use of an area of the park, no permit is required." For any kind of commercial activity to take place in any of its parks, the Parks Department requires a public hearing. . .He explained that a public hearing is required before a decision is made to authorize commercial activities of a "particular type."

    Among the commercial activities "eligible to be permitted" are filming, hiking tours at Hanauma Bay, scuba, snorkeling, swimming, tour companies and windsurfing, Hennington said.  "This does not mean, however, that any or all of these activities are eligible for a commercial use permit at a given park," he said.  Meanwhile, craft fairs and art marts sponsored by nonprofit organizations are eligible for permits. To find out more about commercial activities at city parks, go to bit.ly/1HV9wKa.

    [To read full article, click link above and enter your Hawaii State library card # and PIN, or subscribe to the Star-Advertiser]

    Crews Rescue Sailboat Twice in East Oahu

    Web Staff KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Honolulu firefighters were called to help a sailboat that got into trouble [off "of Sandy Beach] twice Friday night in East Oahu. . .[the second time the boat overturned]. ,  , HFD decided to tow the boat to shore.

    Kaimuki business gets liquor license despite opposition

    Mendoza, Jim Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    WZ Family Entertainment Center opened its doors on Waialae Avenue last year. Thursday night, the Honolulu Liquor Commission granted WZ's request for a liquor license.  . .But the chairman of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board said a family fun center serving alcohol doesn't fit Kaimuki's culture of mom and pop shops.

    20 Kaimuki business owners signed a petition [opposing the liquor license.]

    Mylar balloon shuts down power at aina haina elementary

    Aina Haina Elementary [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Please be aware that [May 28] after school, a single, stray mylar balloon flew in to one of the electrical poles on the mauka side of campus causing a campus wide power outage and a fuse blow out on the high voltage pole. HFD and HECO needed to be called and worked over two hours on being sure the campus was safe and that power was restored. This is a great learning opportunity regarding potential consequences to electrical and building infrastructure when coupled with mylar balloons. We ask everyone to please consider other types of celebratory items during the graduation season which includes our own Grade 5 celebration on Tuesday. Thank you for attention to our school and community safety efforts.

     

    Journalist Ian Lind "Crashes" Kahala Elementary School's 60th Anniversary Celebration, is welcomed with aloha

    ILind [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015.

    From noted journalist Ian Lind's blog, a thoughtful, insightful & nostalgic piece, excerpted here.  The full article is available on his website, link provided above.

    . . .My first thought–I should attend. I was, after all, there at the beginning. I entered the 2nd grade at Kahala School when it first opened in 1954. . .

    I decided that I would just drop in, not for lunch, but to look around the school and see what it’s like after all this time. . .

    My introduction went something like this: “I’m don’t have a reservation and don’t plan on having lunch, but I was a student here the first year the school opened, and I hope I can just look around a bit.”

    I quickly got the idea that I was perhaps the only student from the school’s first year to be present for the 60th anniversary. I was introduced to the principal, and warmly welcomed to make myself at home. . .

    To read the full article, as well as to see pictures from 60 years prior, please visit Ian Lind's blog

     

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 05/29/2015

    May 29, 2015

    Friday news update for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Kaimuki High School inducts inaugural Hall of Honor class

    Web Staff. KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 26 May 2015.

    Kaimuki High School inducted three graduates during its first-ever Hall of Honor ceremony Tuesday.

    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (’66), U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni (’70) and ukulele performer Jake Shimabukuro (’94) were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community. . .Graduates are eligible to be nominated 10 years or more after their date of high school graduation.

    Hawaii Beat [Molokai SurfSki Event Ending in Hawaii Kai Takes Place on Saturday, May 30, 2015]

    Honolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 26 May 2015.

    The Maui Jim Molokai Challenge surfski event, from Kaluakoi, Molokai to Hawaii Kai, will take place Saturday [May 30, 2015] starting at 8:30 a.m.  The Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association event, which has a $15,000 purse, will also have an OC-1 solo division and stand-up paddleboard relay division.  .  .The first finishers are expected to complete the race at around 1:45 p.m.

     

    ANNUAL HAWAII KAI DOG WALK CANCELLED IN 2015; new dog park features; continued pet citizenship encouraged

    Hui 'Ilio [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015.

    According to Hui 'Ilio's website homepage:

    Thank you for joining us at the 10th annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk on June 1, 2014.  As it turns out, this was to be our last dog walk. . .

    As a reminder of the continuous effort needed by the community, the non-profit volunteer group writes from their May 2015 Newsletter:

    [Hawaii Kai Dog] Park users have probably noticed the two new drinking fountains near the front entrance, one in the big park and one in the small dog park, which were installed by the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR). With DPR’s permission, Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i installed anchored bowl holders under the dog faucets to keep the water bowls in place. . .

    On Sunday, May 3rd, we closed the park for the entire day to accomplish a number of maintenance projects. Most notably, we had a huge pile of dirt (provided by DPR) to be moved under the fence line and around the benches to fill in depleted areas caused by erosion and digging dogs. Thanks to the assistance of local Boy Scout Troop 101 and some of their family members, the dirt was moved in record time. The troop also planted grass seed in the new soil, and raked and watered. . .

    As we continue to strive for park user involvement in maintaining a beautiful community dog park, please remember that the poop bag dispensers are only filled if EVERYONE pitches in and brings recycled bags to fill the dispensers. Oftentimes we have run out of recycled bags and have purchased new bags to fill the dispensers, but that will not be happening in the future. Through the generosity of Petco, we will be adding a new poop bag dispenser on the fence between the small dog park and big dog park. Petco has committed to provide refill bags for this dispenser. Please be aware that this particular dispenser will not get replenished every day. We will continue to need recycled bags in the other dispensers to supplement Petco’s generous donations. . .

    About Hui 'Ilio:

    Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was established to promote public dog parks and to promote responsible dog ownership. Its officers and directors receive no compensation. Activities of the organization are carried out with the help of volunteers and sponsors. Our first objective was to make the Hawai'i Kai Dog Park a reality. Now that the park is open, we help to support it through the City’s Adopt-a -Park program. We also reach out to help other dog groups who are trying to establish dog parks in their respective communities.

    Kahala renaissance

    Gomes, AndrewHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015. 

    . . .A transformation has been gradually spreading since [Gensiro] Kawamoto relinquished 30 residential properties 18 months ago on the prestigious Oahu street lined with mansions and historic million-dollar homes.  Among new owners of former Kawamoto properties are a professional poker player, a contractor and a waste management business owner from Hawaii, along with South Korea's wealthiest person, a Russian, a car-racing money manager from Michigan and an Australian billionaire. The new owners are pumping millions of dollars into construction and landscaping. To date, 20 of the 30 parcels that local real estate investment firm Alexander & Baldwin Inc. acquired in bulk from Kawamoto in late 2013 have been resold for more than $100 million, including two deals in escrow. . .

    [Note: The full article contains 4 full-color photographs and is approx. 30 paragraphs long. Click the Star-Advertiser link in title and enter your Hawaii State Library Card and PIN # to access.]

     

    kaiser high school elects to begin july 30, 2015; Classes Start July 31

    Kaiser High School Calendar [Honolulu, Hawaii] 22 May 2015.

    Although the Department of Education school year for students begins July 29, 2015, Kaiser Complex schools will take a teacher work day on July 29th and Kaiser will begin the school year on July 30 with student registration.  The first full day of Kaiser classes will be July 31.  On July 30, students who had not prepaid their dues must complete the registration process and pick up their final schedules in the school cafeteria.  Draft schedules are available earlier, from June 15, in the Registrar's Office. 

    Please contact school directly at Kaiser_HS [at] notes.k12.hi.us for clarification and updates.

     

    [KAISER HIGH SCHOOL'S EDEN] Kai eyes L.A. after Brown Bags win

    BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser Honolulu Pulse [Honolulu, Hawaii] 20 May 2015.

    What the future holds, we’ll never know. But after watching this year’s winner, 16-year-old Kaiser High School student Eden Kai, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison between his and Shimabukuro’s virtuoso performance styles.

    The kid is good.

    Kai performed a song on guitar that he had written for the Brown Bags to Stardom competition, “Beautiful Stars,” and he tore it up. He has a fluidity of playing and a skill level far beyond his 16 years. [read all of Erin Smith's rave article here]

     

    Kudos to other East Oahu winners: Karlie Goya, 1st Place Solo Female Vocalist from Niu Valley Middle School; Paul Shin, 1st Place Male Vocalist from Kaimuki High School.  [ Full Brown Bags to Stardom winners list 2015]

    New law targeting hoarders not enforced in Kaimuki

    Chelsea Davis / Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 20 May 2015.

    , , city records show the resident had racked up nearly $191,700 in property violations. Neighbors say she's mentally ill and her condition has worsened since her parents died years ago. Meantime, homeless people have been rummaging through these belongings that have spilled out into the front yard even on the sidewalk. "There was even legislation written specifically as a result of this regarding hoarding. Nothing has been done," said Environmental activist Carrol Cox. Cox is referring to Bill 52, which passed last December giving the city the power to clear junk like this from private property. . .[click HawaiiNewsNow link to see full article]

     

    NIU VALLEY MIDDLE, SACRED HEARTS AND KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN win at 'OLELO VIDEO COMPETITION

    'OLELO [Honolulu, Hawaii] May 2015.

    Niu Valley Middle School, Sacred Hearts and Kaimuki Christian were category winners at ‘Ōlelo Community Media’s 2015 Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition.  Niu Valley Middle Schoolwon the Creating Peace category, Middle School division for its short video, "Stop Bullying." Sacred Hearts won with "Stop Forest Fires" in the Forest Health in Hawaii category and “Hula Ki`i: Hula Puppets” in the Mini-Documentary category; Kaimuki Christian won with  “Focus In Class But Not At The Clock”  in the Start Healthy Living category, High School division.

    Congratulations to our East Oahu schools for their outstanding work.  A full catalog of entries and recognition is available through this link to Olelo's website.

     

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  • Niu Valley Middle School Demographics 2013-2014

    Once again, by accident, I happened upon a useful report from the Hawaii Department of Education.  This report (attachment in PDF available at the end of the article) is for the 2013-2014 school year and provides metrics and demographics for Niu Valley Middle school.  A full set of reports for all Hawaii public schools is available at: http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/ssir/ssir.html

    The report is a tight and comprehensive overview of each of the schools and contains vital information about the facility.  For Niu Valley, the report indicates that enrollment is up. Fall enrollment for 2013-2014 was 891 versus 816 for the 2012-2013 school year.  Demographically, the school is a quarter (25.5 percent) White, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Hispanic and the remainder primarily some iteration of Asian or Pacific Islander.Student Ethnicity Niu Valley Middle School 2013 2014

     

    Parental education, a statistic I track because of the correlation between educational standards and student performance, looks much like the Census figures reported earlier.  The source for these data are also from the Census, so one would expect a great degree of similarity showing the higher levels of education in the Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley and Aina Haina areas.

    Comunity Educational Attainment Level for Niu Valley Middle

    These are just quick observations and snippets of the report.  As a whole, this report has a lot to offer, and is a quick read for understanding the foundation of the school and its neighboring community.  Included in the report are teacher, parent and student assessments of school quality, discipline (suspensions), and test scores.  The report was released January 9, 2015.