Nānākuli-Wai’anae Complex Area

Nanakuli Elementary Principal Recognized for Excellence in School Leadership

Mrs. Lisa Ann Higa, Principal of Nanakuli Elementary was one of the fourteen administrators nominated for the 2017 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award.
 
The Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award was created to make a difference in public education by recognizing outstanding public school principals in Hawaii for their efforts to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students.  Underwritten by the Island Insurance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Island Insurance, the award is named in honor of Masayuki Tokioka, noted businessman, community leader, founder of Island Insurance and a public school graduate in Hawaii.
 
Currently in its 13th year, the award has given nearly $450,000 to Hawaii public school principals in recognition of their efforts and to assist in funding high-impact school projects.  Past recipients have used their award monies to launch or expand school projects such as an aquaponics program, science resource center, high school transition and college preparation programs, culinary arts program and digital arts programs.
 
In photo (from left to right): Tyler Tokioka, Island Insurance Companies; Lisa Ann Higa, Principal of Nanakuli Elementary; Keith Hayashi, Deputy Superintendent