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Superintendent's Message

Aloha mai kākou! 


Welcome to the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area!


As we enter into the 2017-2018 school year, we are looking forward to many exciting initiatives for our students as we build on the successes accomplished last year.  We truly believe that “Na kākou na keiki a pau o Nānākuli me Waiʻanae” (The children of Nānākuli-Waiʻanae belong to all of us). It will take the entire community to support and encourage all of the haumāna (students) to strive to their highest potential, believe in their abilities and reach their goals for a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and Hawaii. 


Key relationships have been developed with community and business partners, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to support increasing the resources in our schools to benefit our students.  Significant support has been provided for our students in the Early Learning Program and Preschools, Summer Bridge programs for college readiness, Early College Dual Credit programs, Robotics/Coding, Career Technical Education, STEM after school programs and Athletics.  Major partners include Kamehameha Schools, Atherton YMCA, Oceanit, HECO, Hawaiʻi Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, After School All Stars, Hawaiʻi Keiki, Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Leeward Community College, UH West Oʻahu, and UH Mānoa. 


Support for our teachers include an Induction and Mentoring Program for new teachers, Instructional Coaching support, Technology Integration/STEM, Social-Emotional/Behavioral and Mental Health training, and a variety of Professional Development sessions in curriculum content areas. 


Recent major achievements include: 

  1. Establishing school-based health centers at Waiʻanae High School and Waiʻanae Intermediate School in partnership with the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, hiring registered nurses in five elementary schools and a Nurse Practitioner at Nānāikapono Elementary School to coordinate the complex wide screening for vision, hearing, dental and immunizations, as well as support the Registered Nurses and School Health Aides.
  2. Waiʻanae Intermediate School, Nānāikapono Elementary School, Nānākuli Elementary School and Nānākuli High and Intermediate School recieved the national designation from the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) as a Recognized ASCA Model Counseling Program (the only 4 schools in the State to receive this award).
  3. The development of Summer Bridge programs for College and Career Readiness: STEM/ IT Academy (grades 7-8), Early College Summer Scholars Program with UHWO (grade 11), and College Camp with Atherton YMCA (grade 12).
  4. Completion of the Pre-K to 12 WASC Complex Alignment in the Nānākuli Complex Accreditation in April 2017 and the Waiʻanae Complex Accreditation to be held in April 2018.
  5. NW Complex Area Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health (ASMH) in October 2016 and to present at the ASMH conference again in October 2017.
  6. State Legislative Grant in Aid workforce preparation proposal was approved to provide Conversational Chinese Language as an Early College Credit Course in the high schools, Chinese Cultural Experience in grades 7-8 afterschool programs and Conversational Chinese Language in the Adult Education program all in preparation for the incoming Ko Olina Hotels who will be servicing Chinese clientele.
  7. Principal Nelson Shigeta (Makaha Elementary School) was selected as the Hawaiʻi National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year who will be going to Washington D.C. in October to be recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Our current efforts in school transformation is based on the following belief statement from the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Schools, “We believe that our collective efforts will provide every child hope for a better future." 


We believe that our students can accomplish great things as they have shown us over and over again that they have what it takes in their hearts, minds and spirit to make their dreams and goals a reality in order to better life for themselves, their families and the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Community. We are so proud to be a part of this journey with them. 


Me ke aloha pumehana,


Ann A. Mahi
Complex Area Superintendent, Nānākuli-Waiʻanae