May 2020 Letter from Dr. Sakurai

May 2020 Letter from Dr. Sakurai

May 18, 2020

Aloha Kaʻōhao School ‘Ohana,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support and patience during these challenging times. All of you have been simply amazing over these past two months. What we are able to accomplish together is simply remarkable. This has been truly the equivalent of trying to build a plane, while we are flying it, through a turbulent hurricane.

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to share the fine work of our students, parents, teachers, and staff during this campus closure through a zoom virtual keynote at the annual Florida Association of School Administrators Conference. They were thoroughly impressed by the effort, planning and resilience put forth by everyone to make distance learning work at Kaʻōhao School. Kudos to all of you.

Even as Oahu businesses begin to reopen, school campuses remain closed at this time. As we finish this school year and prepare for the next one we want to make sure we continue to do our best to protect everyone in our school community. Here are some important announcements and reminders.

Trimester 3 Grades and Promotion

As a reminder in this time of enrichment, no grades will be entered for the third trimester. Students will be advanced to the next grade level unless previous arrangements were made.

Personal Belongings

We will be gathering belongings and distributing to students when we are allowed to have all of our faculty and staff back on campus to help return items back to students. Returning students will receive their items when campus reopens. 6th graders and nonreturning students will be contacted for distribution either through their new school or by pickup.


Ms. Kristi has been working hard to finish our yearbooks. They are currently being printed and will be available shortly. We will notify you of times and procedures on a drive by pickup to receive your child’s yearbook.

Summer Brain Exercises K-5 teachers are sending suggested summer enrichment activities to help prepare your child for the upcoming school year. Google Classroom and a host of our online platforms such as IXL will be open to continue student enrichment.

Borrowed Devices

If you have borrowed an iPad from the school and are returning next year please continue to use and take good care of them to access our online platforms during the summer. For 6th graders and nonreturning students please contact me at to arrange for the collection of devices.

Next School Year – Future Planning

Safety continues to be our number one priority. We know that the world is changing quickly with new information being introduced daily. As of this writing we do not have any official guidance on when schools will be allowed to be reopened. I am in communication with state and national school leaders and we are working on multiple scenarios on what we may do to continue educating students in the fall. What we anticipate is that learning will continue to look very different than what we are used to, including the possibility of continued remote learning or a mix of remote and inperson learning. Please be on the lookout later this week for a Kaʻōhao School Future Planning Survey in a separate email. We will be working around the clock over the next few months to finalize our Kaʻōhao School plan that will safely meet the needs of our students.

Our teachers are putting the finishing touches on the final lessons of our school year. We are all deeply saddened that it is coming to a close under these circumstances but are hopeful for what lies in store for the future. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest news as we proceed through the summer. Thank you again for your patience during this time. It is only possible to reach this milestone together as a strong ‘ohana. Please stay safe!


Winston Sakurai, Ed.D

Kaʻōhao School Director

2016 NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year

2016 HASSA Hawaii State Principal of the Year


January 2020 Newsletter

Aloha Kaʻōhao Families,
Please have a quick read of January’s newsletter, always have your calendar near by to check dates so you are aware of all the events at your child’s school.
We are  just a few weeks away from the 2020 Vintage Auction and Gala.  We would like to thank our Vintage and Auction Chairs Nicole Balick, Natasha Skoberla and Callie Lewis for making sure everything is running smoothly as we count down to  Saturday, February 22, and celebrating with you at the beautiful Mid Pacific Country Club.
Kaʻōhao Teachers and Staff are looking forward to a relaxing night of live music, amazing auction items to bid on, delicious food and getting to know you better. Please do attend, and continue to support our small but mighty charter school.  As with all our auction and school initiatives, it takes a village to make the best village for our students. It is through your dedication and contribution of time or money our school is able to provide top of the line educational materials to our students which allow them to excel inside and outside the classrooms.
Kaʻōhao Teachers and Staff appreciate your tremendous support.   Please have a look at the newsletter to see what past projects we have been able to accomplished because of your generous donations.
As we enter the final weeks before the auction, it is crunch time and we need your help.
Please click the link and personally select how you will be an active part of this incredible fundraising event for Kaohao School
Coming up in February, we have the Shade Dedication on Monday, February 3 (all are welcomed), STEM Day on Friday, February 7, and carnation sales by Student Council to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii.  Read the January news to find out more.
Espie Chapman

December 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter December 2019

Aloha Ka’ohao Families,

Please enjoy the rest and relaxation with your families.  2019 has been a whirlwind, we thank you for being a part of our ʻOhana.

We look forward to seeing your bright and smiling faces in 2020!

We would like to wish all our students, teachers, parents and associates a brilliant holiday season.  As we reflect on 2019, we can say with confidence we have been blessed to serve with and alongside you this year.  Thanks for a great 2019, and we wish you all the best in 2020.

Please have a look at the December PDF below for more information coming up at Ka’ohao School.

We will see you guys back at school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020!

Best wishes and Happy Holidays!



Espie Chapman

November 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter November 2019

Aloha Families,


*********Don’t forget tonight( 11/13), is the Kaohao School Ohana meeting at 6PM. ************
KSO will have food, prizes and announcements for our community. Please meet in the ART room.
Thank you for supporting Susan K Komen Race For The Cure.  Kaohao School was able to donate $5,000!!!!!

Seven students will “Pie Dr. Sakurai” on November 27th after our morning Jump Rope For Heart/ Field Day Event. Thank you Dr. Sakurai for being a great sport!
LOVE OF READING DAY, Friday, November 15, 8:15AM-11:15AM

Thank you to Mrs. Darrow and Mrs. Lemes for Chairing our Annual Love of Reading Day! If your have time to volunteer or donate, please click on these two sites to help on Friday, November 15:

Link for to volunteer on 11/15:
Link to donate items needed:
Vintage Lanikai Auction and Gala on February 22, 2020 @ Mid Pac Country Club

**Early Bird Tickets Now though Nov. 15th: $65 each**

Nov. 15th-Dec 31st: $85 each 

Dec. 31-Feb 15th: $100 each



Jump For Heart/ Field Day, Wednesday, Novemebr 27, 8:15-11:15 (including “Pie Dr. Sakurai”)
If your have time to volunteer or donate, please click below to help on Wednesday, November 27:
Please open the PDF below to read Dr. Sakuraiʻs message.
Happy Thanksgiving, I am grateful to each and evryone of you- especially your precious little student/s who make this school my happy place 🙂


Espie Chapman
PCNC, Governing Board Member